Vietnam seeks measures to promote cooperation with Belgium

Friday, 23/02/2024 15:49
The Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium held an event named “Meet Vietnam” in Brussels on February 21 in order to seek measures to promote the Vietnam-Belgium cooperation in the coming time.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Van Thao speaking at the event. (Photo: VNA)

The event was attended by nearly 130 delegates who are representatives from Belgian agencies, universities, businesses, and social organisations.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Van Thao highlighted the potential for cooperation between the two countries in six key areas including seaport-logistics, modern agriculture, green energy, healthcare-medicine, human resources training, and people-to-people exchange.

Vietnam and Belgium can also cooperate in developing solar energy, wind power, and hydroelectric energy projects, while sharing experience and technology, he added.

In 2022, two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and Belgium increased by nearly 60%, partly thanks to Belgium's export of vaccines and medical products to Vietnam. This shows the great potential for cooperation, not only between the two countries but also between Belgium and ASEAN via Vietnam's geo-economic position as a regional gateway.

Regarding human resources training, the ambassador noted that the two countries can promote cooperation in areas where Vietnam has high demand such as technique, information technology, and management.

Strengthening people-to-people contact between the two countries through cultural, tourism, and academic exchanges will create opportunities to increase understanding, tighten relations, and create a solid foundation for comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, he added.

For his part, First Vice President of the Belgian Senate and President of the Belgium-Vietnam Alliance Andries Gryffroy emphasised that Vietnam - Belgium relationship is a special one that has been built on the foundations of respect, trust, and mutual interests.

He pointed out significant achievements in expanding and strengthening bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy, trade, and investment. The visits by the two countries' high-ranking ndelegations in the past year are clear evidence of the constantly developing Belgium-Vietnam cooperation, he said.

At the event, some agricultural products of Vietnam were also introduced to Belgian market./.