|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) hosts UK Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
During the meeting, the Vietnamese government leader applauded the vigorous growth of the countries’ strategic partnership in a wide range of fields from politics, diplomacy, trade, and investment, to security, defence, education-training, and tourism.
He asked his guest to accelerate the establishment of a Vietnam-UK university in the Southeast Asian nation.
Welcoming Prince Andrew’s visit to Vietnam amidst the 45-year celebration of the countries’ diplomatic ties, PM Phuc extolled the Prince’s sentiments towards Vietnam and his contributions to bilateral relations.
The UK draws a large number of Vietnamese students and educational cooperation is a top priority in Vietnam’s cooperation with the European country, he said while greatly values the British royal family and Government’s support for bilateral cooperation in this regard.
Vietnam has worked together with several countries to open universities, and it hopes the Prince will promote the establishment of a joint university in Vietnam.
At the meeting, PM Phuc also suggested both sides intensify high-level delegation exchanges, effectively maintain cooperation mechanisms such as the strategic dialogue and the joint committee for economic and trade affairs toward wider cooperation.
He expressed his pleasure at the trade-investment partnerships over the past few years and urged both sides to full tap their potential and advantages to support each other.
The leader called on Prince Andrew, with his role in and influence on the business circle, to encourage more UK investment in Vietnam, affirming Vietnam’s readiness to offer optimal conditions for foreign investors, including those from the UK.
Prince Andrew, for his part, voiced his support for a Vietnam-UK university and called for stronger cooperation in scientific research and connection between their universities.
The UK has been fairly successful in start-up activities and is developing a diverse economy that needs a high-quality young workforce, he told his host.
Vietnam should incentivize small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create innovative ideas and connect them with major firms, including foreign ones like those of the UK, to help them spread their reach to the world. The country also needs to create platforms for innovation and start-up ecosystems to attract the young.
Appreciating the UK Prince for sharing valuable experience in start-up activities, PM Phuc said the start-up movement has been strongly promoted over the past three years in Vietnam with the establishment of 3,000 start-ups. If the Prince attended the Vietnamese Young Intellectual Forum a few days ago, it would help to motivate the startup movement in Vietnam, he noted.
Prince Andrew, in turn, said he is ready to take part in similar events in the future, thereby contributing to the promotion of innovation and start-up in Vietnam.