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Vietnam: Foreign Relations

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of Vietnam. (309151)

Based on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Departmental Strategic Objectives for 2009-10 our embassy in Hanoi and Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City have a Country Business Plan that focuses on the following foreign policy objectives:

Market access for UK companies and a trade policy that ensures Vietnamese compliance with World Trade Organisation obligations.

Support for managed migration from Vietnam while reducing intake, and to increase the number of Vietnamese immigration offenders removed from the UK.

To support Vietnam in achieving sustainable economic growth, including a transition to a low carbon economy.

To assist Vietnam to play an active role on international issues and in international institutions.

A sustained improvement in Vietnam’s civil and political human rights record, in line with its international commitments and its objective of long-term sustainable development.

To deliver high quality Consular support for British nationals in Vietnam.

To provide knowledge, access and influence to help our Partners Across Government deliver their objectives in Vietnam.

These objectives are set out in more detail on the UK in Vietnam website: