Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr Vu Van Ninh and a delegation of senior government officials began their UK tour by attending and speaking at a business seminar hosted the Vietnam-UK Network, NashTech, a Harvey Nash Group company, Prudential Plc.
The event, titled Business, Investment and Export Opportunities in Vietnam, gave over 80 UK-based professionals from diverse sectors, an insight into the wide growth of doing business in and with Vietnam. Mr Ninh spoke of opportunities from infrastructure and the privatisation of state owned enterprises, to the Asian Games Vietnam will host in 2019.
Paul Smith, NashTech Executive Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Vietnam-UK Network, addressed resourcing opportunities in a population of 90 million and the talent available in a country where 80% of graduates are from a science background.
Dr Gerard Lyons, recognised global economic forecaster left the audience in no doubt of the dynamism and domestic potential of Vietnam, but also spoke to potential in the wider ASEAN region.
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Cao Quoc Hung highlighted a climate of steady sustainable growth, which averaged 20% in 2013.
In closing Warwick Morris, former British Ambassador to Vietnam presented a wider perspective on the Vietnam-UK bilateral relationship and the valuable support this provides British business. A full but highly successful morning, attendees departed Governor’s House feeling ‘much more informed’ after an ‘incredibly useful’ event.
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