Vietnam and the French Community of Belgium seek to strengthen their cooperation | Policy
Brussels (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Van Thao appreciated the cooperation between Vietnam and the French Community of Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Federation) as well as the effective collaboration within the framework of the French-speaking community during a meeting with the Prime Community Minister Pierre-Yves Jeholet on September 16.
The diplomat thanked the Wallonia-Brussels Federation for its efforts in favor of sustainable development and human resources in Vietnam through bilateral cooperation projects. He also affirmed that Vietnam will continue to coordinate closely to effectively implement the cooperation program for 2022-2024 which was signed in Hanoi in November 2021.
According to the ambassador, strengthening Vietnam-Belgium relations will effectively contribute to economic recovery efforts, ensure supply chains as well as a connection between the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) and Europe .
He noted with pleasure that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) has yielded positive results, with bilateral trade between the two parties reaching 3.6 billion euros ($3.6 million) in 2021, an increase of 15% compared to the pre-pandemic period.
Vietnam is currently Belgium’s 15th largest trading partner in the world, 6th in Asia and 2nd in ASEAN.
On this occasion, the Ambassador suggested to the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to speed up Belgium will soon complete the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He also asked the federation to coordinate the promotion of delegation exchanges at all levels, cultural and people-to-people exchanges on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Belgium.
For his part, Minister-Prime Minister Jeholet said he still attaches importance to and wishes to expand activities aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation with Vietnam, as well as working with the country to safeguard the values of French-speaking community.
He also undertook to urge the relevant Belgian agencies to complete the ratification of EVIPA./.