Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan has expressed his hope that the region of Wallonia in Belgium will assist the city in seaport management and development.

While receiving Minister President of Wallonia Rudy Demotte on April 12, Quan said the two sides have great potential for cooperation, adding that the two sides need to enhance links in economics, culture, science, art and urban infrastructure in the near future.

Demotte said the two sides should also work together to boost trade and investment.

He added that Belgium will work out 28 technical assistance projects in Vietnam in the time to come, as well as seek ways to maintain their effectiveness.

In the past, Belgium assisted HCM City in numerous important projects, notably it provided aid worth 75 million EUR to dredge Soai Rap River .

Wallonia, the French-speaking region in Belgium, also pledged to expand cooperation projects in the city for the 2012–2015 period.-VNA