|Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and his Belgian counterpart Van de Lanotte in Brussels on Thursday—VNA/VNS Photo
BRUSSELS (VNS)— Viet Nam and Belgium have agreed to encourage and create favourable conditions for their businesses to co-operate in areas such as seaports and logistics services, transport, and technology.
The agreement was reached during talks between visiting Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and his Belgian counterpart Van de Lanotte in Brussels on Thursday.
The two sides held in-depth discussion and reached consensus on measures to further bilateral co-operation, including increasing the exchange of all-level delegations and enhancing co-ordination in organising activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the two nations' diplomatic ties.
They agreed that the second session of the Viet Nam-Belgium Joint Committee on Economic Co-operation will be held next month and to continue with joint projects within the framework of the 2011-15 Development Orientation Programme.
They signed two memoranda of understanding on building policies to renovate and develop business training establishments, and implementing a project to improve the quality of medical waste treatment in Ha Noi.
During his three-day visit that ended yesterday, Hai also attended working sessions with the Vice President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani and EC Trade Commissioner Karen De Gucht.
The two sides expressed willingness to work for the signing of the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement by the end of 2014.
Deputy PM in Italy
Prior to his Belgium visit, the Deputy PM paid an official visit to Italy from September 23-25.
He held talks with Italian Deputy PM and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, and met with Minister of Economy and Finance Fabrizio Saccomanni and Minister of Economic Development Flavio Zanonato.
The Italian hosts spoke of their wishes to further develop the Viet Nam-Italy strategic partnership, especially in regard to the two countries celebrating the 40th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic ties.
The two sides agreed to create favourable conditions for their businesses to meet each other to seek partners, focusing on those fields where Viet Nam has demands and Italy holds advantages.
They signed an action plan to implement the Joint Statement on the establishment of the Viet Nam-Italy strategic partnership in the 2013-14 period, designed to further deepen bilateral cooperation in the key areas of politics-diplomacy, economics, culture-education, defence and agriculture.
They also inked an action programme on cultural cooperation for the 2013-16 period. — VNS