Updated  
January, 21 2014 09:16:00

Viet Nam eyes increased ties with Belgium

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Johan Vande Lanotte in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam wishes to expand diplomatic ties and economic opportunities with Belgium, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while receiving Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Johan Vande Lanotte in Ha Noi yesterday.

Dung hailed this year as a key milestone in Viet Nam – Belgium relations as it marks the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

He vowed to offer support to Belgian investors in Viet Nam in order to assist two-way trade.

The Government of Viet Nam has been working to better manage and effectively use official development assistance (ODA) funded by Belgium, Dung said, adding that he hopes for Belgium's continued support in the future.

Dung also suggested the Belgians support negotiations on the Viet Nam-European Union (EU) free trade agreement and recognise Viet Nam as a market economy.

Lanotte made it clear that Belgium wants to improve ties with Viet Nam, particularly in trade and investment. Belgian investors are keen to expand investment in Viet Nam, especially in the Dinh Vu industrial zone in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

He said Belgium is ready to provide Viet Nam with a springboard for European markets and foster joint work in high technology, cosmology, satellites and ODA.

Lanotte also said Belgium is urging the EU to conclude free trade agreement negotiations so it can be signed as soon as possible, which he said will pave the way for development opportunities, especially in logistics, which is a strength of the European nation.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and his Belgian counterpart Lanotte also met in Ha Noi as they agreed to forge bilateral co-operation in various fields, especially transport, environment, education and healthcare. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Confiscated bikes set for charity sale Confiscated bikes set for charity sale

The National Traffic Safety Committee plans to sell motorbikes and bicycles driving on expressways that have been banned for their use.

Cycling race escort dies in accident Cycling race escort dies in accident

A member of a motorbike escort group for the Binh Duong Open International Women's Bike Race died yesterday after being hit by a motorbike tour group.

Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen

The five-star Furama Resort has released a 120-page cookbook titled A Journey Through Viet Nam's Cuisine, featuring recipes from the resort's culinary library.

HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels

A series of activities on climate change and energy have been launched by 350.org Viet Nam aimed at raising people's awareness about the threat of a carbon bubble.

Da Nang to teach archipelago history Da Nang to teach archipelago history

The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.