Long briefed them on the latest achievements in bilateral ties, especially in trade, education, security defense and people-to-people exchange.

According to him, two-way trade rose by 25 percent in the first six months of 2021, and the goal to raise it to USD 10 billion in the next five years is feasible.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long (R) speaks at the meeting.

Potential for trade cooperation remains huge, especially in the context that Vietnam is entering a new economic development stage with average per capita GDP targets of USD 3,500 by 2025 and USD 7,000 by 2030.

As one of Vietnam’s leading partners, the UK can meet the country’s economic development demand in its strong fields such as science-technology, he stated.

The diplomat affirmed that education is the priority in bilateral collaboration, and the UK is Vietnam’s leading partner in this field, with 74 trans-national programs of 23 British universities.

Cooperation in defense security has also developed as well, as the UK is expanding its presence in the East Sea and Southeast Asia and considering Vietnam its main partner in the Indo-Pacific, he added.

VUKN President Warwick Morris suggested the two countries intensify cooperation in health, particularly in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and in science technology and mechanics.

Source: VNA