Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of Vietnam’s delegation to the E.U. Nguyen Van Thao

Thao affirmed that the E.U. is a very important partner of Vietnam in all fields, with the two sides establishing diplomatic relations 50 years ago and having achieved many encouraging achievements, reflected through the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the E.U.-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the E.U.-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and eight dialogue frameworks between the two sides.

The E.U. has only inked FTAs with four partners, namely Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Vietnam, of which only Vietnam is a developing country, he said, stressing that this shows the E.U. attaches great importance to Vietnam's role in the region, and Vietnam also affirms that the E.U. is a comprehensive partner with great potential for development and cooperation.

Regarding the Vietnam-Belgium relations, the diplomat said that Vietnam is also an important partner of Belgium as the two countries set up strategic partnership in agriculture – the field that has great contribution to their development.

“Therefore, we need to take measures to promote the relationship with Belgium in a more substantive and effective manner for both sides,” stated Thao.

Belgium is one of the leading European countries in renewable energy, green energy and sustainable development, and has strengths in logistics, transportation and accreditation. Therefore, cooperating with the country, Vietnam can go on the right track towards the development of renewable energy, green energy and sustainable development, and can step up exports, he added.

Source: VNA