National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium Siegfried Bracke in the capital city of Brussels on April 3 after her arrival.

During the meeting, the top Vietnamese legislator highlighted the growing ties between the two nations, saying her visit aims to spur the development of bilateral ties in a more practical manner.

She also voiced her hope that both sides would consider a new cooperation agreement in the time ahead.
Ngan briefed her host on Vietnam’s current situations, noting that the country has boosted its deeper integration into the world economy with its participation in 12 free trade agreements (FTAs). Vietnam is expected to sign and ratify another four FTAs.

Vietnam has been selected by many investors as their investment destination for its favourable business climate, stable socio-economic environment, and good economic growth, she said.

The country is appreciative of its cooperation with Belgium and regards the country as an important partner in Europe. Both nations have enjoyed successful cooperation across a variety of areas, with last year’s bilateral trade touching US$2.8 billion.

She showed Vietnam’s wish to augment cooperation with Belgium in multiple fields, particularly in renewable energies like solar and wind power.

Vietnam also aspires to foster bilateral ties in sea port infrastructure, public health, agriculture, and education and training.

Belgium grants 40 scholarships to Vietnam on an annual basis, and supports the country via a broad range of educational projects and cooperation programmes with Vietnamese universities and research institutes.

At the meeting, the leaders also touched upon the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement while showing her hope that the Belgian Federal Parliament will raise it voice to expedite the European Parliament (EP)’s ratification of the agreement, as the ratification will bring about practical benefits to Vietnam, Belgium and the EU.

Bracke said that the two sides realized the importance of the EVFTA in economic development of all parties, adding that involved parties will consider all finalized procedures to ratify the agreement at the beginning of the next tenure of the EP.

The Belgian side will try its best to accelerate the process, he affirmed.

President Bracke said it is time to sign cooperation agreements in a wide range of areas, especially in agriculture.

He suggested that both countries should work hand in hand in education, particularly at the tertiary level, adding that creativity is really crucial to achieving win-win cooperation.


Source : VOV

Belgian passport applications in Ho Chi Minh City

Here the greatest chance for Belgians in Vietnam who wish to apply for a new Belgian passport on site or the pre-registration of her/his biometric data.

The mission will take place on Wednesday April 17 and Thursday April 18, 2019 in the office of AWEX in Ho Chi Minh City.

Address: Wallonia Trade & Investment Agency, 23rd Floor, LIM TOWER, 9-11 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, HCMC.

Time: Wednesday afternoon 17th April or Thursday morning 18th April

Belgians wishing to use this service must send an email in advance within 14 April 2019, indicating your preference for the meeting on 2 available time.

Your email must also contain the following attachment (s) in scan version:

  • The passport application or pre-registration form (fully completed and signed).
  • If your administrative situation changed since the last contact with the Embassy, please complete the attached form for updating administrative data

You must obtain following documents at the appointment:

  • The original passport application or pre-registration form (fully completed and signed).
  • Your current Belgian passport (which you can keep).
  • Applicants from the age of 6 must present themselves in person for the collection of their biometric data.
  • Application forms for minors must be signed by both parents.
  • The amount in local currency associated with the delivery of the new passport. Information can be found on website (consular rates).

You can find neccessary documents for you application here.


Jan De Nul Group has successfully completed the cable installation scope for the Phase II Full Field Development of the NASR offshore oil field. Jan De Nul Group was subcontracted by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the cable loading, transport, laying and protection of three 132kV subsea power cables (total length 147km) and ten 11kV subsea power cables (total length 57km). The NASR oil field is located approximately 130km northwest of Abu Dhabi and the project is part of the ADNOC strategic development programme to increase the field’s capacity to 65,000 barrels per day.

A total of 204km of cable was loaded in Norway, and transported and installed at the project site in two separate trips with the Cable Laying Vessel Isaac Newton. Thanks to Isaac Newton’s unrivalled cable carrying capacity, the longest and heaviest of all thirteen cables, being the 71km long and almost 6,000 tons heavy 132kV cable between Das Island and the NASR field, could be installed in a single length. The vessel capability was further demonstrated with the accurate installation of these subsea cables between multiple platforms and well head towers within the congested seabed of the oil field.

Furthermore, the multipurpose vessel Daniel Bernoulli demonstrated on its maiden project the versatility for which it was designed by executing the full cable protection scope including 53km of post-lay trenching, the installation of 671 concrete mattresses as well as 8km of rock berm installation. Being at a significant distance offshore and by careful deck management, the vessel was equipped to carry out both mattress installation activities and subsea trenching activities sequentially maximising vessel efficiency. In addition, a rock berm protection for subsea cable was designed and incorporated for the first time in the ADNOC offshore fields thanks to the in-house engineering expertise of Jan De Nul Group.

Wouter Vermeersch, Manager Offshore Cables at Jan De Nul Group:“We are very proud to have been part of the ADNOC Development Project. The versatility of our fleet and operational capabilities have been instrumental in the successful completion of this challenging scope of work.”

Deep C First quarter 2019 Newsletter


Deep C Industrial Zones ( DeepC ) – Beluxcham member – one of the biggest industrial zone developers in Vietnam. Their strong platform in Haiphong city has intermodal connectivity of international airport, deep sea port, inland waterways, and highway within a stone’s throw. Upon this they have been continuously building and improving a synergy of prime industrial land and ready-built workshop/warehouse for lease with solid infrastructure developed by international and local expertise . Here is their Newsletter about some highlight events in First Quarter of 2019.

 ( Vietnamese version is below)


Vietnamese version:


Last Saturday, 30th March 2019, our fellow chamber, Swiss Business Association in Vietnam organized successfully THE ROAD TO BEER. Beluxcham current chairman, Jan Segers was also there. The amazing tour included a visit to Belgo Beer Brewery and a lunch at Belgo Restaurant after that. All the guests were excited when brewers showed them how to make Belgian beer, and enjoyed 2 types of beer at the brewery then.