Members of the Network Committee, Paul Smith, Chairman of NashTech and Network Vice Chairman, Matt Jackson, Head of High Growth Markets KPMG, David Priestley, formerly MD of Rolls Royce International in Vietnam and Chairman, Ben Chapman, called on the Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Alok Sharma, on 28 October to introduce the Network to him.
The Chairman explained that the Network was unusual in that it combined interest from both UK and Vietnamese businesses, charities, the Vietnamese Community, young Vietnamese professionals in the UK, education, trades unions and individuals involved in the bilateral relationship and took an interest in the relationship across the board. It put on business and economic seminars, held boardroom dinners and lunches, awarded certificates of excellence and held cultural events. It hoped thereby to add value to the official relationship and to provide good value for money by attracting modest sponsorship and using volunteers.
The Network had recently returned from a very successful visit to Vietnam where they had held a series of high level meetings and signed a cooperation agreement with the Vietnam UK Friendship Association. The visit raised the profile of the Network in Vietnam and extended its range of contacts as the delegation visited Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. This further reinforces the friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.
Minister Sharma comments “As Minister for Asia, I fully support the work of the Vietnam – UK Network, and its efforts to strengthen ties between our two countries. The Network plays an important role in building on the strategic partnership agreement signed in 2010, in particular developing people to people links. I look forward to our continued work in the future.”
(Pictured from left to right; Paul Smith, Minister Sharma, Ben Chapman, David Priestley, Matt Jackson)