A “Café Vietnam” seminar was held in Brussels on November 25 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Belgium diplomatic ties.

Addressing the event, Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Pham Sanh Chau pointed out the potential for further cooperation, especially in higher education and partnerships between Vietnamese localities and the East Flanders province of Belgium.

Meanwhile, many Belgian enterprises offered updates on their ongoing cooperation projects in Vietnam, including one to develop a cocoa material area for chocolate manufacturing in the Mekong Delta by Puratos Group and another to grow flowers in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong by Denis Plants company.

Professor Van Huylenbroeck from the Bioscience Engineering Faculty at Ghent University – the event organisers said the university has shared a long-standing history with Vietnam.

Every year, the university receives dozens of Vietnamese postgraduates with 100 students currently studying there, the professor said, adding that the event is also a chance for them to get a greater understanding of the Vietnam-Belgium ties.-VNA