At the talk held in Brussels on April 22 (Photo: VNA)
Brussels (VNA) –
Belgian enterprises expressed their interest in
Vietnam’s economic prospects and business cooperation opportunities in the
Southeast Asian country at a talk held in Brussels on April 22.
At the event, which was jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium and
Luxembourg, the Vietnamese delegation to the EU, the Flanders Investment and
Trade (FIT), and the Belgian – Vietnamese Alliance (BVA),
the firms highlighted advantages and challenges brought about by the EU –
Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and several trade deals that Vietnam has
Besides, they talked about Vietnam’s efforts to better its business climate,
incentives for Belgian firms who land investment in Vietnam, as well as Vietnam’s
entry procedures for Belgian experts and businesspeople during COVID-19.
Vietnamese Ambassador Vu Anh Quang updated the participants on the outcomes of
the 13th National Party Congress, implementation of the EVFTA, and
the Vietnam – Belgium trade ties.
He called on the Belgian businesses to help push for the ratification of the
EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in their country, helping
better serve benefits of companies of both nations.
According to Duong Minh Tri, a representative from the BVA, there is an
increasing number of Belgian firms wishing to invest in Vietnam, particularly
after the EVFTA came into force.
Charles Vanderstraeten from DSV Solutions, which has already set up a branch in
Vietnam, told Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent that the trade pact
facilitates Belgian firms’ operation in Vietnam, adding his business will have
more opportunities to develop in this Southeast Asian nation.
Meanwhile, Eric Franssen, trade and development director at John Cockerill,
said that his firm is carrying out several energy and environment projects in
Vietnam, and the company has had more chances to develop its business thanks to
Belgium currently registers 1.1 billion USD in 78 projects in Vietnam, becoming
the 23rd largest investor among 131 countries and territories
landing investment in the nation. Most of the investments are in sea port,
infrastructure, logistics, real estate, sewage treatment, processing and
manufacturing, power generation and distribution, among others./.