Vietnam, United Kingdom Consolidates Cooperation in Various Fields

16/8/2022| 16:12

UK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft was in Hanoi for a two-day visit to Vietnam, during which he met with numerous Vietnamese officials in charge of public security, national defense, and labor.

During his two-day trip to Hanoi, Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary of the United Kingdom, Matthew Rycroft met with numerous Vietnamese officials in charge of public security, national defense, and labor.

He spoke with 250 students at the Foreign Trade University on the possibilities of studying in the United Kingdom as well as preferential policies of the UK government to support international students, including Vietnamese students, to study and work in the UK.

"We are committed to delivering an immigration system that offers clear opportunities to the brightest and best talent from Vietnam and around the world to come to the UK to study, work, and live," said Rycroft while speaking to students at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi on August 15.

Education Among the UK’s Top Priorities in Cooperation with VietnamUK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft visits the Hanoi-based Foreign Trade University. (Photo: Embassy of the United Kingdom to Vietnam)

The Permanent Under-Secretary heard the students share some of their future plans. He took this opportunity to speak about the possibilities of studying in the UK as well as the preferential policies of the UK government to support international students, including those from Vietnam.

An example is the UK’s new points-based immigration system, which treat all students coming from both EU and non-EU countries equally. In addition, the UK Graduate Route allows students the option to continue staying in the UK for two or three years after having completed their studies to work or look for work.

The UK is also increasing its partnerships with universities in Vietnam to support greater movement between two countries for students and academic faculty alike.

Education Among the UK’s Top Priorities in Cooperation with VietnamEducation is among the UK’s top priorities in cooperation with Vietnam. (Photo: Embassy of the United Kingdom to Vietnam)

The same day, UK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft and Vietnam Vice Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Luong Tam Quang co-chaired the first UK – Vietnam migration dialogue.

The dialogue was part of the UK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary’s two-day visit in Vietnam, where he also had meetings with Minister of Public Security To Lam, Vice Minister of National Defence Hoang Xuan Chien, and Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Van Hoi.

Education Among the UK’s Top Priorities in Cooperation with VietnamUK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft and officials take a stroll in Hanoi’s old quarter.(Photo: Embassy of the United Kingdom to Vietnam)

During the meetings, Rycroft underlined the effective partnerships fostered between the UK Home Office with the Vietnam's respective Ministries of Public Security, National Defence and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The two sides explored more opportunities to cooperate further in capacity-building in identifying, protecting, and supporting victims of human trafficking.

Collaboration between the two countries will also seek to increase skilled laborers to match market demand; reduce youth unemployment; and encourage employers’ engagement in vocational training.

Speaking of his visit, UK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft, stressed that the UK and Vietnam are strong strategic partners, and the two countries look forward to celebrating the 50-year diplomatic partnership in 2023.

Apart from collaborations in trade, education, research, technology innovation, and climate change, tackling illegal migration and human trafficking is hugely important and mutually beneficial to both countries.

Education Among the UK’s Top Priorities in Cooperation with VietnamUK Home Office Permanent Under-Secretary Matthew Rycroft and officials enjoy a drink at a streetside cafe.(Photo: Embassy of the United Kingdom to Vietnam)

In the framework of his current visit to Vietnam, Matthew Rycroft met Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien on August 16 to discuss cooperation in the fight against human trafficking.

Hoang Xuan Chien Chien stressed that cooperative relations between the two countries have been actively fostered by their leaders over the past time, particularly via visits. On the basis of an MoU on cooperation in the fight against human trafficking signed in November 2018, the Border Guard High Command under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence has maintained an effective cooperation mechanism with the UK Border Agency.

The two sides have conducted many exchanges and training sessions to share experiences, and are actively coordinating in compiling manuals on human trafficking prevention and control for the Vietnamese side.

Chien proposed the UK continue cooperating with the Vietnamese side to effectively implement the MoU by increasing meetings, training courses, and information-experience exchange. He suggested the UK side consider joining Vietnam’s Border Guard Academy in developing training materials and textbooks on fighting human trafficking.

For his part, Rycroft, who just co-chaired the Vietnam – UK Migration Dialogue in Hanoi a day earlier, said Vietnam is an important strategic partner of the UK.

In addition to cooperation in other spheres, bilateral coordination in preventing and combating illegal migration and human trafficking are also important, bringing benefits to both nations, he said. The official took this occasion to congratulate Vietnam on being one of the pioneer countries in the region in proactively addressing climate change-related issues.

Hannah Nguyen

 

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