Hanoi (VNA)Wallonie-Bruxelles will support Vietnam with more than 2 million EUR (2.14 million USD) to implement 18 projects within the competence of the Belgian region’s French-speaking community between 2016 and 2018.

The decision was made at the ninth meeting of the Vietnam – Wallonie-Bruxelles Joint Committee in Hanoi on November 19.

Accordingly, the two sides will give priority to cooperation in social issues (including health care), people (including communications and information), and culture in the next three years.

They will also focus on tertiary education and industrial research and development.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said since Vietnam and Wallonie-Bruxelles’s French-speaking community set up cooperation in 2002, the two sides have actively cooperated and tapped their potential in the spirit of friendship, mutual understanding and trust.

He highlighted the effectiveness of their collaboration in education, health care and environment which has helped with community development and sustainable growth.

Pascale Delcomminette, Administrator General of Wallonie-Bruxelles International, said Belgium boasts cultural, scientific and educational advantages and is willing to share its experience and work with Vietnamese partners to boost social development that focuses on people towards sustainable growth.

The two sides are pleased with their recent affiliation and will further coordination in the years ahead, she added.

Since 2013, Wallonie-Bruxelles has granted 100 scholarships to Vietnamese students and sent 200 experts to research, lecture and transfer technology in the Southeast Asian country.-VNA