Ho Chi Minh City wants to cooperate with and learn the Belgian province of East Flanders’ experience in seaport planning and development, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Manh Ha has said.

At a reception for a visiting East Flanders delegation led by Vice Governor Geert Versnick in the city on December 3, Ha said that HCM City is planning to develop and expand the Hiep Phuoc Port in Nha Be district.

As a southern economic hub of the country, HCM City boasts strengths in health, high technology and biological technology, he said, adding that the two localities may step up collaboration in these fields in the future.

For his part, Geert Versnick highlighted the effective operation of his province’s seaport systems, logistics services, bio-technology, agricultural processing, education and health.

He expressed hope to cooperate with Vietnam in animal husbandry.

Trade between Vietnam and East Flanders reached 1.2 billion EUR in 2012, of which Vietnam ’s export was 976 million EUR, a year-on-year increase of 34.7 percent.
The province now operates many projects in Vietnam specialising in diamond industry, port services and logistics, high technology, health, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, agricultural processing and education. There are about 100 Vietnamese students studying in the regional capital city of Ghent .

The country mainly shipped footwear, garment and textile, leather products and precious stones to the Belgian province.