The 2012 Action Plan between the UK and Vietnam was signed in London on March 27 by Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jeremy Browne and Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Vu Quang Minh.
The Action Plan sets out commitments in all areas of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by the two governments in September 2010. It comes hot on the heels of the inaugural Strategic Dialogue held in October 2011 and is the second of its kind to have been signed.
Highlights of the 2012 Action Plan include Vietnam’s support for the UK’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation - TAC, enhanced UK support for Vietnam’s anti-corruption effort through its role as lead donor, closer cooperation to improve access to information and development of the media, and regular dialogue on economic reforms including through the recently agreed MOU with the Ministry of Finance.
Under the Action Plan, the two governments will work together to finalise early agreement on a sustainable model for the Vietnam-UK international standard university in Danang. They will soon implement the 2011 MOU on defence relations and the planned MOU on immigration information exchange. Cooperation will also continue in the area of crisis response.