Prior to the visit, Browne said he was impressed by Vietnam’s increasingly international role and that the Southeast Asian economy is a potential market for UK businesses.
“I have been struck by the dynamism and drive of the Vietnamese people and as it becomes an increasingly attractive destination for British business, we look forward in turn to welcoming more Vietnamese companies to the UK,” he said in a press release by the British embassy in Hanoi.
During his stay in Vietnam, Browne will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and join Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son to co-chair the second strategic dialogue, which covers global and regional security issues as well as cooperation on organised crime and defence.
He is scheduled to meet with Vietnamese Party and Government leaders.
He will visit several UK companies, meet with Vietnamese paralympians currently enrolled in British Council funded English language lesson, hold a reception for UK alumni in Vietnam, and award the latest round of Chevening scholarships for study in the UK.
Vietnam is one of Browne’s stopovers during his Southeast Asia tour, including Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
Vietnam and the UK held their first strategic dialogue in London in October 2010. Both sides discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, including national defence, organised crime and counter terrorism, as well as regional security.