Deputy PM backs Belgian firms expanding investment in Vietnam hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) shakes hands with Mayor of the Belgian city of Ostend Johan Vande Lanotte at their meeting in Hanoi on November 2 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue received Mayor of the Belgian city of Ostend Johan Vande Lanotte in Hanoi on November 2.

At the meeting, the Deputy PM said the Vietnamese Government is committed to building a transparent and open business climate to facilitate enterprises.

He stressed Vietnam supports Belgian investors to operate in Vietnam, carry out market research, and invest in local green energy projects.

Vietnam expects European and Belgian enterprises to help accelerate the signing and ratification of the Vietnam – EU free trade agreement for mutual benefits, he added.

For his part, Johan Vande Lanotte, former Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, said Belgian businesses want to expand their operations in Vietnam and highlighted his support toward the ratification and implementation of the Vietnam – EU FTA.

Earlier, during his visit to Belgium last September, Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue met the Ostend Mayor and local companies working in clean energy and port industry to call for cooperation between Vietnamese and Belgian firms in the future.

Ostend is strong in port activities, green power, fishing, and agriculture. The city is working with Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province and Hai Phong city in port services and the construction of environmentally friendly industrial parks.-VNA