Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung meets with UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Edward Vaizey in the capital city on October 5. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi encourages firms from the United Kingdom to invest in trade, processing agro-forestry-aqua products and tourism, and hopes the enterprises will find suitable partners for their cooperation in the capital city, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has said.

At a working reception for UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Edward Vaizey on October 5, with the participation of Ambassador Gareth Ward and representative of the municipal authorities, Chung stressed that Hanoi is currently very attentive to and hopeful for further investment and more partners with considerable potential in various fields. He cited many sectors which are Hanoi’s demand and UK’s strength such as the learning of the English language, the IT, the building of smart cities, tourism, and sports.

The official said the teaching of the English language has now been broadened to elementary schools in the city, and affirmed that municipal authorities will facilitate highly-skilled teachers from the UK to come to work in Hanoi.

Chung also proposed that the two capitals strengthen the coordination between their police forces, while speaking highly of the cooperation in various field between the two countries in general and the two capital cities in particular over the recent past.

Expressing his fine impressions on the rapid development and the beautiful landscapes of Hanoi, Edward stressed that the people of his countries also have many things in common with Vietnamese people, and that is why the fields Hanoi hopes for cooperation are also those of UK’s strength. This will make it easier for the bilateral collaboration in the time to come.

The official also held that the two sides should work out a concrete strategy on the popularization work so as to make more companies from his country obtain a clearer understanding of Hanoi’s potential.

In the recent years, more and more people in the UK are coming to have a better knowledge of Hanoi as well as Vietnam, evidenced by the fact that the number of travelers from the European country coming to Vietnam has tripled after only some years. The average yearly figure is 300,000, and this will reach 500,000 in the years to come.-VNA