HN, Antwerp boost local cooperation


VGP – Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan on November 11 hosted a reception for Governor of Belgium’s Antwerp province Cathy Berx, who is on a working visit to Viet Nam.

Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan (R) and Governor of Belgium’s Antwerp province Cathy Berx

Vice Chairman Toan informed his guest of the capital city’s socio-economic development in recent years and highlighted that Ha Noi has become a leading destination in the country for foreign investors.

According to the host leader, the city is facing many challenges from the urbanization process such as traffic congestion and environmental pollution, he said, adding the city will continue calling for foreign investment in waste treatment and infrastructure development.

He also said the city wants to learn from Antwerp’s experience in building smart urban areas.

On the occasion, he expressed his hope that the Antwerp Governor will help introduce Ha Noi to the Belgian people, and encourage the Belgian business community to study the investment climate and set up partnerships with the Vietnamese side.

In reply, the Governor affirmed the efforts being made to boost cooperative ties between the two localities, especially in fields of the Belgian province’s strengths like urban area development and education.

Viet Nam is taking the ASEAN Chair in 2020, and this is a valuable opportunity to promote investment collaboration between Belgium and Viet Nam, as well as ASEAN as a whole./.

By Kim Anh