Many UK businesses and Vietnamese experts gathered at a seminar in Liverpool on September 21 to promote trade and investment in Vietnam.
The seminar was held by the Vietnamese embassy in the UK and Northern Ireland, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
UKTI trade adviser Peter Thompson said Vietnam is a dynamic and potential market. After the two countries signed a joint declaration on strategic partnership in 2010 bilateral trade has increased considerably. The UK is currently the Vietnam’s second largest trade partner in the European Union.
Vietnam’s exports to the UK were estimated at $1.3 billion and imports at $315 million in the first seven months of this year.
Vietnam Airlines will open the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-London air route as from December 9, 2011 to facilitate cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, education and training between Vietnam and the UK.