Prime Minister greets new Belgian Ambassador

Saturday, 2018-11-24 11:47:27
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam, Paul Jansen. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam, Paul Jansen, to work towards increasing two-way trade revenues by US$3 billion in the near future, during his reception for the newly accredited diplomat in Hanoi on November 23.

The PM thanked Jansen for his active coordination with Vietnam’s functional agencies in preparing for his recent visit to Belgium, voicing his hope that, as a highly experienced diplomat, the Ambassador will make significant contributions to fostering the bilateral relations during his term of office in Vietnam.

Expressing his satisfaction with the good results achieved during his talks with the senior Belgian leaders, PM Phuc noted that the outcomes will be a solid foundation for strengthening the Belgium-Vietnam relations in the future. He said he hopes to welcome the Belgian PM to Vietnam at the earliest date.

The Vietnam-Belgium ties have been growing finely across all spheres, manifested through an increasing trend in two-way trade revenues (reaching US$2.3 billion in the first 10 months of 2018) and a growing number of Belgian businesses investing in Vietnam, the leader stated.

Vietnam has been making active preparations for the Vietnam-European Union Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), he said, calling for Belgium’s support so that the EU will promptly sign and ratify this important document.

Ambassador Paul Jansen said Belgian businesses wish for favourable conditions in order to continue expanding investment and seek new opportunities in the Vietnamese market, asking the Vietnamese Government to offer visa exemptions to Belgian citizens travelling to Vietnam, contributing to boosting tourism and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

On a multilateral scale, the diplomat expressed his wish that Belgium and Vietnam would offer mutual support and continue their close coordination in the areas of peacekeeping and climate change adaptation.

Jansen affirmed Belgium’s support of Vietnam’s participation in an FTA with the EU, which, he said, will help Vietnam leapfrog the huge strategic and economic interests brought about by the treaty.