|Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) welcomes Governor of Belgium's Antwerp province Cathy Berx. (Photo: VNA)
The statement was made by Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong during a reception on November 13 for Governor of Belgium’s Antwerp province Cathy Berx.
Phong highlighted the fruitful economic cooperation between Belgium and the southern metropolis while noting that the results are still far below their potential and advantages.
He glowingly spoke of Antwerp province’s strengths, and pledged the best possible conditions for Antwerp enterprises who want to study business opportunities and intensify investment in the southern economic hub.
In reply, the Antwerp province Governor said that both localities boast great potential for cooperation in smart city development, construction of green urban areas, and sustainable development.
Alongside the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), cooperation between HCM City and Antwerp will serve as a catalyst to carry out the bilateral trade target of US$3 billion in the time ahead as set by the two government’s leaders, Cathy Berx said.
She affirmed his province’s readiness to share experience with HCM City in smart urban area development, including building of an open data warehouse, management of seaports and logistic services by smart technologies, and waste treatment.
Antwerp is willing to join hands with HCM City in holding conferences on cooperation measures to deliver benefits to enterprises and people of the two sides, she added.
Belgian businesses have poured US$6.5 million in 25 projects in HCM City.
Over the past years, Antwerp and HCM City have launched an array of cooperative activities such as improving capacity for seaport managers and exchanging experience in using advanced technologies for seaport management.