17 December 2013

This week, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative hosted a high level trade delegation from the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade to share its experience of growing the Gatwick Diamond into a world-class place to live, work and do business.

A leading local business, Elekta Oncology, hosted the meeting at their offices in Manor Royal, Crawley.  Mr Hoang Minh Tuan, Director General of the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, explained that the Vietnam economy is growing at 5.4% despite the worldwide recession and overseas trade now accounts for $230 billion.  Following the 2010 agreement between the UK and Vietnam governments, there are now many more opportunities for inward investment, export and import.
Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said: “We are delighted that the reputation of the Gatwick Diamond has spread to Vietnam, boosted by regular flights from Gatwick Airport with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City”.
Elekta already supplies six hospitals in Vietnam and the delegation was keen to learn more about the medical device cluster strengths in the Gatwick Diamond.  The delegation was also introduced to Tetreon Technologies, an award-winning local manufacturer, Henry Smith, MP for Crawley and representatives from Vietnam Airlines who announced that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will come into service in 2015 bringing daily flights to Vietnam.
The Gatwick Diamond Initiative will be working with UK Trade and Investment in the New Year to arrange a reciprocal visit to Vietnam for local businesses.
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