Finance Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had a working session with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Didier Reynders in Brussels on Dec. 6.

At the working session, which is part of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung’s visit to Belgium , Minister Hue congratulated Minister Reynders on being appointed as Foreign and Trade Minister in the new Belgian government.

He spoke highly of Minister Reynders’ support to Vietnam, expressing hope that in his new position, Minister Reynders will continue to make contributions to Vietnam-Belgium relations, support the signing of the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) and speed up negotiations for the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Minister Hue also informed his host about Vietnam ’s socio-economic situation, its macro-economic policy and its plans for development and economic restructuring.

The two ministers exchanged experience in public debt management, fiscal policy and the Belgian experience in joining the EU, which Vietnam may relate to its plans to join the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

Minister Reynders affirmed that in his new position, he will continue to support Vietnam in boosting cooperation with Belgium and the EU as well as intensifying financial, investment and foreign relations with Vietnam .

Minister Hue pledged Vietnam will do its best to strengthen the close relationship between the two Finance Ministries, support Belgian businesses to invest in Vietnam and contribute to building the Vietnam-Belgium partnership.

The same day, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang had a working session with Minister of Transport of the Dutch-speaking community in Belgium , Hilde Crevit.

The two sides reviewed and highly valued the results of the cooperative agreement signed between them in 1995, which was signed again in 2010.

The two sides agreed to cooperate in research and implement investment projects in transport as well as plans to train personnel in Vietnam ’s transport sector.

On Dec. 7, Minister Thang paid a working visit to Liege province./.