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Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A workshop to promote trade and economic cooperation between Vietnam and the British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) took place in northern Thai Nguyen province on January 14.

Present at the workshop were representatives of the United Kingdom’s Embassy to Vietnam, the provincial authority and universities from the two sides.

Hi-tech industry and high-quality education are the main focus of the BBGV in Thai Nguyen, BBGV Vice President Chris Jeffery said, adding the province has great potential in education while the UK has worked closely with Vietnam in the field.

Vietnam and the UK have together stepped up the operation of the Vietnam-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education, and plan to establish the Vietnam-UK University in central Da Nang City, he stated.

The British side vowed to support vocational training for local workers when it cooperates with provinces in Vietnam.

For his part, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trinh Viet Hung said Thai Nguyen always welcomes partnership between businesses and educational establishments of the province and the UK.

At the event, the Department of External Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the BBGV inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for their cooperation, the first after the BBGV has operated in Vietnam for 20 years.

Vietnam and the UK established their diplomatic relations in 1973. The ties were upgraded to a strategic partnership in September 2010.

British Prime Minister David Cameron paid his first visit to Vietnam last year, marking a milestone in the two country’s history.-VNA