(VOV) – More than 70 Belgian officials and business representatives have recently met in Gent, capital of East Flanders province to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Belgium and Vietnam.
Vice mayor Geert Versnick, who is in charge of economics and diplomacy, expressed hope that Belgian businesses will consider the possibility of investing in the potential market of Vietnam.
The CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), Claire Tillekaerts, spoke highly of the growing economic relations between Belgium and Vietnam as well as between the Flanders region and Vietnam.
She cited Vietnam’s impressive economic growth rates in recent years, its growing attraction of foreign investment, and its favourable geographical position in the region. In addition, a hardworking labour force and an increasing demand for high quality services are also the key factors to attract Belgian businesses to the market.
In his speech, Vietnamese ambassador to Belgium Pham Sanh Chau emphasized that the Vietnam-Belgium friendship has continued to grow and flourish over the past 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973, providing fresh impetus for closer cooperation in all fields.
Serge Cappon, Marketing Manager of VK Group, a leading construction enterprise in Belgium said Vietnam is emerging as a dynamic market-oriented economy in Asia and a development centre in Southeast Asia. The fine relationship between the two governments and the presence of Belgian businesses in Vietnam are good reasons for VK Group to select Vietnam as an investment destination.
Dominique Casier, Consul General of the Royal Belgian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City emphasized that the Flanders Economic Office in HCM City will co-ordinate with the Consulate to help businesses in Belgium and the Flanders region penetrate the Vietnamese market.