VOV.VN - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on April 5 hailed Belgium’s Wallonia region for choosing Vietnam as the only country in Asia to set up its representative office over the past more than two decades.
During a meeting with Minister-President of Wallonia region Willy Borsus, the visiting NA Chairwoman highlighted the growing ties between Belgium, Wallonia and Vietnam demonstrated by Vietnamese senior leaders' visits.
She also praised head Wallonia-Brussels delegation in Vietnam and President of the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Vietnam Anne Lange for her activities in Vietnam
The top legislator informed the host that during her meetings with leaders of the Belgian Senate and the Chamber of Representatives, the two sides were satisfied with bilateral ties and desire to step up cooperation between localities and regions as well as facilitate exchange visits between both sides.
Two-way trade between Vietnam and Wallonia hit close to US$60 million.
She thanked Wallonia for being one of the first three regions to submit a document to the government expressing support for the signing of the European Union – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).
Ngan used the occasion to invite the host to visit Vietnam to study the prospects for partnership between Wallonia and Vietnamese localities such as Dien Bien, Da Nang and Vinh Long.
Borsus, for his part, said both sides have fostered collaboration in a numher of areas over the past years, including in agriculture.
He reaffirmed his support for the signing of the EVFTA and IPA and thanked the NA Chairwoman for praising Wallonia’s role in Vietnam.
The host also accepted the invitation to visit Vietnam to foster bilateral ties in a broad range of areas, especially in tourism.
Leaders of Da Nang, Dien Bien and Vinh Long also introduce the potential for stronger coordination in tourism, services, education-training, logistics and high-tech agriculture.
Earlier the same day, Ngan visited the Medisoft company specialising in manufacturing respiratory and cardiovascular diagnosis equipment and the Gembloux Agro-Biotech under the University of Liege.