HA NOI — Belgian enterprises were urged to participate in seaport infrastructure development projects in Viet Nam and establish new partnerships with Vietnamese firms to provide effective assistance in building and managing seaports and logistics services.
|Cai Lan Port in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Belgian enterprises were urged to participate in Viet Nam's seaport infrastructure development projects at a conference in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam
Addressing a conference yesterday in Ha Noi, Deputy Minister of Transport Ngo Thinh Duc said Viet Nam had given top priority to developing seaports and logistics services to take full advantage of its huge marine potential.
He described the forum as a good opportunity for Belgian enterprises to update Viet Nam's marine development strategies, share their experiences as well as seek new co-operation opportunities.
Claire Tillekaerts, acting CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade, spoke highly of Viet Nam's economic growth rate over the past several years and its efforts to improve infrastructure, including ports, the airport, roads and railways.
Flanders Investment and Trade is a government agency supporting home-based companies doing businesses abroad and foreign companies looking to set up or expand their operations in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium.
Larger ports would reduce or eliminate the need for the trans-shipment of Vietnamese exports, restoring the comparative advantage of Viet Nam's cheap and relatively educated labour force, she said.
The overall improvement of Viet Nam's port system would help the country become a real "tiger" of marine development, she said, adding that choosing a right position to distribute Vietnamese goods was also a key factor to boost its import export.
During the event, leading Belgian companies also introduced their know-how in port development, transport infrastructure, logistics, civil construction, public and private buildings and facilities and environment.
Belgium has four main seaports with Antwerp being the second largest one in Europe. A general output of more than 260 million tonnes was generated via these ports last year. — VNS