• Working with member of the UK House of Lords Edward Vaizey, special envoy of the British Prime Minister, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc expressed her thanks for his welcome.
Ngoc pointed out that, at present, the UK ranks 11th in FDI investment in Hanoi. Last year, Hanoi's export turnover to the UK reached US$157.8 million while the city’s import turnover from the UK hit US$189.5 million.
Hanoi wishes to promote the cooperation with London in fields of smart city construction, investment promotion, human resource training, among others, the Chairwoman stressed.
She hoped that Edward Vaizey will act as a bridge to promote more effective cooperation activities between the UK and Vietnam, Hanoi in particular in various fields, especially improving education quality.
For his part, Edward Vaizey welcomed the delegation’s visit to London.
He also agreed with the Chairwoman’s suggestions, and hoped that the two sides will elaborate concrete plans to intensify exchanges and cooperation in developing education.
• Paying a working visit to the Embassy of Vietnam in the UK, Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc appreciated the role of the embassy as a bridge between London and Hanoi in foreign relations, economic development.
She briefed on the city’s socio-economic development over the past time while urging the embassy to continue enhancing cultural exchanges as well as delegation exchanges between the two localities in the coming time.
• The delegation had a working session with representatives of UK Department of Education, and Department for International Trade on education management and education system in the UK.
The UK side hoped that Hanoi will create favorable conditions for British non-public schools to continue increasing investment into the city.
The delegation also wished the departments to act as a bridge to strengthen the cooperation in education and training.
• Having a working session with Transforming The Life Chances of All Our Students on technology application in management and teaching, the delegation studied more about its training model and facilities.
• Working with Chairman of the Pacific Land Group Patrick McKillen on cooperation to attract British investment into Hanoi, Chairwoman Nguyen Bich Ngoc expected that the group will keep contributing to Hanoi's development.
Chairman Patrick McKillen also shared the group’s investment experiences in countries around the world and the UK’s experiences in attracting investment.
He mentioned difficulties and entanglements relating to investment procedures in Hanoi while referring to three on-going projects in Hanoi, including Pacific Land Group’s Biotechnology High-Tech Park (Habotech) project.
Patrick McKillen wished the Chairwoman of the Hanoi People's Council will create optimal conditions for the group speed up the progress of the projects.
Chairwoman Ngoc acknowledged his feedback and committed to considering and working with Hanoi’s authority to remove difficulties, so that the projects can be executed smoothly, contributing to the city’s general development.