CELEBRATION OF THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY AND 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF UK-VN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Raising toast: left to right - Vietnam's Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien and British Ambassador to Vietnam, Warwick Morris
On 10 June, the British Ambassador Warwick Morris held a reception at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi to celebrate the Queen's Birthday and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Vietnam. It was a splendid evening, with the presence of Vietnam's Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien as the honour guest and over 500 other participants.
British Ambassador's Message on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of UK/VN diplomatic relations
FA CUP FINAL CHARITY EVENING RAISES OVER US$1,000 FOR CHARITY
On 17 May to celebrate the end of the English football season, raise some money for a good cause and to have a good evening, the British Embassy, British Council and British Business Group held the first-ever FA Cup Final Charity Evening in Vietnam. Over 170 people, including many members of UKAV (the UK Alumni Association in Vietnam) came to the Hilton Hanoi Opera and raised over US$1,000 for a range of charities helping children and disabled sporting men and women in Vietnam.
The evening started with a penalty shoot-out, with the Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy between the posts. 25 people did their best to beat the goalie for the grand prize of a night in the Hilton's Presidential Suite. In the build-up to the big match between Arsenal and Southampton everyone had the opportubity to guess what was going to happen, and to place a bet. The winners received fantastic prizes donated by the sponsors of the event: Hilton Hanoi Opera, New World Fashion, BBGV (Hanoi), Shell Vietnam, Wild Rice Restaurant, Paris Deli Restaurant, Church Street Bar & Grill and Carlsberg. The evening was also supported by the British Ambassador, who bought the first round of drinks, and BP Vietnam.
After Arsenal had beaten Southampton 1-0, the final event was the auction of a signed Arsenal shirt. This shirt (pictured) was signed the week before the final during Arsenal's match with Sunderland and included the signatures of Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and many others. After a well contested auction, the shirt was sold for 4,500,000VND.
An excellent evening, enjoyed by all. Roll on next year!"
BRITISH AMBASSADOR VISITS CENTRAL REGION, VIETNAM
On 6 May, British Ambassador Warwick Morris (photo: wearing blue shirt, standing in the middle) attended a ceremony in Quang Tri province to celebrate the completion of the Truc Lam Resettlement Village. As part of this project, the British Embassy Hanoi provided VND200 million towards the cost of building a new kindergarten and pre-school, on land cleared of unexploded ordinance under the co-ordination of the British non-Government organisation MAG (Mines Advisory Group).
Ambassador Warwick Morris [first left] visited Tuong Lai Special School in Da Nang, where the Embassy provided computers and other multi-media learning equipment for disadvantaged children.
UK MINISTER OF STATE FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY VISITS VIETNAM
Nigel Griffiths MP, Minister of State at the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry visited Ho Chi Minh City on 3-5 April. The visit helps to develop further the trade and investment ties between the UK and Vietnam, as well as the growing education links between the two countries.
During the visit Mr Griffiths launched the Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications in Vietnam. These courses will be run by British-owned Apollo Education and Training. He also met young entrepreneurs as well as members of the UK Alumni Association (UKAV) at a reception hosted jointly by the British Ambassador and Prudential Vietnam.
Mr Griffiths called on the HCMC People’s Committee and on HCMC’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment. To familarise himself with the business climate in the city, Mr Griffiths visited Atlas Industries, a British-invested company and Seaprodex, a major Vietnamese state-owned company. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting a project to restructure 3 major Vietnamese State-owned Corporations, including Seaprodex.
On the eve of the visit, the British Ambassador Warwick Morris welcomed the growing bilateral trade and investment relationship. He said: "British companies are eager for opportunities to trade with and invest in markets with potential. Vietnam certainly has that potential and as the investment environment improves and Vietnam moves towards entry into the WTO, I am confident we will see more British interest, more British investment and more two-way trade. I am delighted that Mr Griffiths will have the opportunity to see something of Vietnam at first hand and to meet some of the younger Vietnamese businesspeople who will be the drivers of Vietnam’s economy in the coming years."
BRITISH CHEVENING SCHOLARS RECEIVE AWARDS ON 10th ANNIVERSARY OF CHEVENING IN VIETNAM
On 14 March 2003, 14 young Vietnamese Chevening Scholars were honoured at an awards ceremony held at the British Ambassador's residence. The 14 were awarded certificates by the British Ambassador, Warwick Morris, having recently returned from the UK where they have studied Masters degrees in a range of subjects at universities of their choice.
The evening also provided an opportunity to congratulate and introduce 15 new Chevening Scholarship winners who will begin their studies in the UK this autumn.
The Chevening Scholarship Scheme is funded worldwide by the British Government, and in Vietnam is administered by the British Embassy and the British Council. It targets graduates of proven academic ability, usually with several years of work experience, who have the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers back in their own countries. More than 2300 Chevening Scholarships are awarded each year, with a third, the largest group, going to Asia. 2003 marks the 10th anniversary of the Scheme's operation in Vietnam.
Chevening is supported strongly by several British companies active in Vietnam who act as co-sponsors for many of the scholars. These include: BP, Prudential, John Swire & Sons, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, GlaxoSmithkline, Shell and Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer. Representatives of the co-sponsors participated in the awards ceremony.
Vietnamese Chevening graduates (2002-03) receive awards, honoured by the British Ambassador Warwick Morris (middle)
New Chevening Scholarship winners 2003-04