Contrary to previous reports, the Vietnamese government has yet to ink a deal with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to advise it on economics and trade, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Thursday.
It quoted a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Economic Affairs as saying that the ministry and Blair’s office are still in the midst of negociations.
On September 9 The Telegraph reported that a deal between Blair and the Vietnamese government had been solidified after he flew to Hanoi on two separate occasions in 2012 and 2013 for talks with PM Nguyen Tan Dung.
It said on the first visit last October, he offered to advise the Vietnamese government on issues including reforming the economy, attracting more foreign investment and adapting to climate change.
In March this year, he flew to Hanoi for a second time, pledging to continue supporting the relationship between Vietnam and the EU, including providing advice on public-private partnerships (PPPs), which he championed in Britain while prime minister, according to the report.
Previously, Blair contracted with the Peruvian government to provide advise on public sector reform, it reported.
The deals are part of an expansionary phase for Blair’s Government Advisory Practice, which earns him millions of British pounds advising governments including those of Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Colombia.
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