As the bilateral relationship is growing stronger, the cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and the UK has also recorded many important results, said Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee. The UK currently has 146 investment projects in the city with a total capital of US$555 million, while trade between Vietnam’s southern economic hub and the UK reached US$795 million in 2017. Last year, the city welcomed more than 125,000 UK tourists, the highest figure in three years. The Ho Chi Minh City leader stated that stepping up political exchanges and economic, cultural and educational cooperation will help to further deepen the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership and mutual understanding between the two countries’ people. For his part, UK Consul General Ian Gibbons stated that the UK was proud to accompany Vietnam in its journey to rebuild the country over the past 45 years following the war. He said that the UK Consulate General and the British Business Group in Vietnam expected to receive the Ho Chi Minh City government’s continued support so that more and more UK companies will open their offices and manufacturing facilities in the city. The British Council has also pledged to introduce the UK’s arts, language and culture to the Ho Chi Minh City residents and the people of Vietnam in general, said Consul General Gibbons.