Trade growth is one of the tangible achievements in the 50 years of the Vietnam-UK relationship, Phan Van Mai, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said at a ceremony on Thursday to mark the 50th milestone of the diplomatic ties. Meanwhile, British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emily Hamblin emphasized the shared goals of both countries, including the commitment to achieving net-zero emissions and collaborating on global climate change response. According to the Ho Chi Minh City chairman, the signing of the Vietnam-UK Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) in 2020 and the UK's joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in July 2023 are bright spots in the economic relationship between the two countries. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-UK relations, the British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will launch the UK Festival on downtown Le Loi Street in District 1 on Saturday. Besides, there will be music performances by popular bands such as British Army, 911, Chillies, and singer Vu Thanh Van.