The UK Week in Ho Chi Minh City opened on October 2 as part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-UK diplomatic ties across both countries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, UK Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Douglas Barnes and Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Manh Ha hailed the fine relationship between the two nations, which has been unceasingly developed in all aspects over the past 40 years.

Barnes said a delegation of UK companies operating in the innovative industry, education and whole sales also came to Vietnam on this occasion to seek business opportunities and promote cooperation with local firms.

According to Le Manh Ha, the UK Week in Ho Chi Minh City provides an opportunity to boost cooperation between Vietnam’s southern economic hub and the UK, as well as for businesses from both sides to connect with each other.

The UK ranks 11th among countries and territories investing in Ho Chi Minh City with 95 projects worth 628 million USD in total.

Two-way trade turnover between the city and its UK partners reached 460 million USD in the first nine months of 2013.-VNA