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VN, Flanders to bolster seaport ties

Update: November, 12/2013 - 09:26
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai receives visiting Minister for Mobility and Public Works in Flanders, Hilde Crevits in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Belgium's northern region of Flanders yesterday signed a letter of intent to co-operate over the use of seaports from 2014-16.

The deal promises further exchanges in seaport administration, safety and environmental protection for seas and water ways as well as human resources training.

Speaking to the visiting Minister for Mobility and Public Works in Flanders, Hilde Crevits, the Vietnamese Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang, said Viet Nam wanted Flanders to strengthen its assistance and co-operation on port development, management and construction.

Minister Crevits said she valued the potential of port development in Viet Nam and said Belgium would do all it could to assist the endeavour.

The two ministers reviewed co-operation and exchanged plans for the future, especially in maritime services, railways, domestic waterways and the environment.

Viet Nam and Belgium's northern region of Flanders yesterday signed a letter of intent to co-operate over the use of seaports from 2014-16.

The Belgian minister also met Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai. The Vietnamese official told his guest that Viet Nam attached importance to reinforcing co-operation with Belgium.

The Deputy PM hailed the support from Flanders and Wallonia-Brussels through several education and human-resources training projects.

Before her trip to Ha Noi, the Belgium minister also visited the Soai Rap dredging project financed by Belgium in HCM City. Of the project's VND2.8 trillion (US$134 million) investment, VND2.2 trillion ($105 million) was in the form of official development loans from Belgium and the remainder from the city budget.

When completed in 2014, the Soai Rap River will be able to receive vessels of up to 50,000-70,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT) and will help speed up the construction of the Hiep Phuoc Port.

The use of the Soai Rap River, together with the Cai Mep-Thi Vai River in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, is expected to greatly help development in the southern economic zone and make Hiep Phuoc Port one of the major ports in the region. — VNS

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