PM pledges to support Belgian businesses


HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Government supports and creates the best possible conditions for Belgian businesses and investors, including those from the Flanders region, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has affirmed.

He told visiting Minister-President of the Flanders region Geert Bourgeois in Hà Nội yesterday that Vietnamese businesses wanted to work with Belgian partners, and the Vietnamese Government has encouraged local people and enterprises to enhance co-operation with firms from the EU, including Belgium.

The fact 80 Flanders businesses are accompanying Minister-President Geert Bourgeois during his visit to Việt Nam shows their confidence in the country’s development, he said.

Việt Nam attaches importance to economic ties with the EU, and Belgium and the Flanders region in particular, the leader stressed.

He said that Việt Nam highly valued Belgium’s role in the EU and the country’s co-operation and support for Việt Nam, particularly in education, training, economy and trade.

Việt Nam’s signing of a free trade agreement with the EU aimed to promote collaboration between the two sides, he said, expressing his belief that Belgium would encourage other EU member countries to soon approve the deal.

The PM told his guest that Việt Nam and Belgium are expected to sign a co-operation programme in agriculture, fishery, husbandry and floriculture, among other fields.

For his part, Minister-President Geert Bourgeois highlighted the long-standing relations between Việt Nam and Belgium as well as the Flanders region, saying working sessions between his delegation and Vietnamese ministries and agencies over the past days reaped fruitful outcomes.

The Minister-President noted his support for the approval of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement and said that the pact would create momentum for economic and trade links between Việt Nam and EU countries.