Sunday, October 4, 2009

Prince Andrew to visit Vietnam

ANOI — Prince Andrew is to arrive in Vietnam on Monday to give a royal boost to his country's trade and investment profile, authorities said.

During his two-day trip, the prince is to meet Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and other officials, and visit Vietnamese and British businesses including Rolls-Royce and HSBC, UK Trade and Investment said in a statement.

His visit "aims to raise the UK's profile as a major trading and investment partner for Vietnam, highlight further investment opportunities for British companies in Vietnam, and encourage Vietnam to regard the UK as a main business gateway into Europe," it said.

Britain is communist Vietnam's third-largest European Union investor, with total projects worth 2.1 billion dollars, the agency said. Bilateral trade was worth more than 1.9 billion dollars last year.

Prince Andrew, Britiain's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, has made three previous visits to Vietnam over the past decade.
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