HA NOI (VNS) — Belgium's Senate President Christine Defraigne will visit Viet Nam from November 1 to November 7, at the invitation of Viet Nam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
The visit of Defraigne and her delegation to Viet Nam will be an opportunity for further exchange of experience and for deepening co-operation between the two legislatures, hence contributing considerably to enhance the sound relationship between the two countries.
During her visit, Defraigne will have an official meeting with the NA Chairman, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on November 3.
On November 4, the senate president will meet Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan.
She will also have meetings with leaders of northern Quang Ninh Province, northern Hai Phong Province, southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province and HCM City.
Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1973, Belgium and Viet Nam have been maturing bilateral ties in different sectors including economy, trade, investment, culture, environment and water, education and innovation and tourism.
Belgium is the 6th exporter to Viet Nam within the European Union with nearly one thousand companies exporting to Viet Nam and the 8th importer of Vietnamese commodities.
The two complementary economies have increased two-way trade by 70 per cent between 2003 and 2011 and the volume of trade has overpassed €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) per year.
Since 1978, more than 2000 Vietnamese students, professionals and researchers have studied in Belgium with or without Belgian scholarships. —VNS