President extols Belgian Ambassador’s contributions to bilateral ties

President Tran Dai Quang applauded Belgian Ambassador Jehanne Roccas’ contributions to boosting the Vietnam-Belgium cooperation and deepening mutual understanding over the past more than three years, particularly to events celebrating 45 years of bilateral diplomatic relations earlier this year.


 President Tran Dai Quang and Belgian Ambassador Jehanne Roccas (L)

At a July 26 reception in Hanoi for the Belgian diplomat who came to bid adieu before finishing her term in Vietnam, President Quang affirmed the country’s high regard for its friendship with Belgium, adding that both nations are now important economic partners with lots of investment cooperation projects, however, their bilateral trade is still below their full potential.

Educational cooperation is one of the highlights of bilateral ties across politics, culture, and education, which has remarkably progressed over the years, thereby helping to promote the image of each nation among their people.

Quang said he hopes that Belgium will continue its support for the training of high quality Vietnamese workers in business administration, state economic management, public finance management, water resources management and environmental sanitation.

The Vietnamese State leader expressed his belief that two countries’ cooperation in the areas of seaports, construction materials, hi-tech agriculture, information technology, health and education will further grow in the time to come.


He urged Belgium to expedite the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), set to take place in Brussels this October while asking both sides to soon finalize a new framework for expanded agricultural cooperation so as to ensure food security and climate change adaptation.

Quang praised the effective coordination between Vietnam and Belgium at international and multilateral forums, such as the United Nations, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and ASEAN. He wished Belgium success in its hosting of the 12th ASEM Summit slated for October this year.

For her part, Ambassador Roccas commended the positive results in the Vietnam-Belgium partnership in politics, economics, and development cooperation.

She said during her term, she visited some Vietnamese localities where Belgium’s ODA projects are carried out and witnessed their development.

She said her country will continue supporting Vietnam in the time to come and that Belgium, along with some other European nations, are looking to set up a university in Vietnam. According to her, the Free University of Brussels has offered in-country postgraduate courses in Vietnam over the last 23 years, with more than 2,200 graduates, many of whom now hold senior positions at local governmental bodies.

Belgium greatly values its ties with Vietnam, backing the country in fostering relations with the EU and the early signing of the EVFTA, she told her host.

She also assured her nation’s readiness to share experience in UN peacekeeping operations and support Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

Exchange celebrates 45 years of Vietnam-Belgium relations

President Tran Dai Quang applauded Belgian Ambassador Jehanne Roccas’ contributions to boosting the Vietnam-Belgium cooperation and deepening mutual understanding over the past more than three years, particularly to events celebrating 45 years of bilateral diplomatic relations earlier this year.


Chairman of the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association Pham Manh Hung speaks at the exchange in Hanoi on July 20.

The July 20 event saw the presence of Vuong Thua Phong – deputy head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for Foreign Relations; Pham Sanh Chau – Assistant to the Foreign Minister, Special Representative of the Vietnamese Prime Minister on UNESCO Affairs and Secretary General of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO; Pham Khac Son – Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations; and Deputy Head of Mission at the Belgian Embassy Anke Van Lancker.

Chairman of the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association Pham Manh Hung, who is also Deputy Minister of Education and Training, said since Prince Leopold I became the first king of Belgium 187 years ago, Belgium has swiftly become an industrialised nation with a developed economy and leading science-technology in the world. It currently ranks 21st in the Human Development Index and has won 10 Nobel prizes in different fields.

He wished the Belgian people to obtain more achievements to further contribute to the world’s development, prosperity and peace.

Hung added that this year, Vietnam and Belgium celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties, which is a significant milestone in bilateral friendship and cooperation.

Great strides have been seen in bilateral relations over the last four and a half decades, he said, elaborating that Vietnam has become an important Southeast Asian partner of Belgium in all spheres, from politics, economy, trade, culture and education-training to scientific research.

The two sides have also coordinated closely at multilateral forums and international organisations like the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting, the ASEAN-EU cooperation, and the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

Thousands of Vietnamese students, postgraduates and doctors have been receiving training in the European nation. Notably, more than 2,000 Vietnamese have finished the Solvay Vietnam Master programmes, the official said, describing the positive outcomes of educational partnership as a pride of bilateral relations.

At the exchange, Anke Van Lancker said the two countries’ friendship and cooperation have been marked with fruitful cooperation in multiple areas such as economy, development, research and especially education-training with over 2,000 Vietnamese used to study in Belgium and 2,000 others used to enroll in the Solvay Vietnam Master programmes.

She expressed her hope that the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association will continue to organise meaningful cultural exchanges to help promote people-to-people diplomacy and enhance the countries’ friendship.

[HN] BELGIAN BEER FESTIVAL -30th March, 2018-American Club- HANOI

One more year, we are proud to announce our signature event: BELUXCHAM’s 4th Belgian Beer Festival in HANOI.

This event – featuring 85 kinds of Belgian beer – will take place on Friday 30th March 2018 at the American Club from 18:00 to 23:00 (21 Hai Ba Trung) in HANOI.

Next to our brews and food, it will offer non-stop live music with the “White Eagle Band”; DJ “Sports Be Be” & “DJ Bruno” from Belgium.

A part from that, you will have the chance to win one flight ticket to Europe offered by Turkish Airlines.

The price (including a Belgian beer and a voucher for free food) is VND 300,000 if purchased before the event and VND 400,000 when purchased at the door.

Do not miss the experience to enjoy the Belgian flavor in Vietnam!

ps. Feel free to spread the news among your colleagues and friends!

Best regards,

Sales points:
Belgian Embassy, 9th floor, Tower of Hanoi, 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
EuroCham, 3B Floor, 40 Cat Linh -Hanoi
Top Chef Restaurant, 162A Hoang Hoa Tham – Hanoi
Boydens Engineering, 14th Floor, 36 Hoang Cau – Hanoi


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites EuroCham to participate in the Roundtable discussions with People’s Committees of Vinh Long and Hau Giang Provinces. The aim is to introduce and facilitate the investments and trade into these provinces, mainly to Vinh Long.

Time and date: 14:00 – 16:00, Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Venue : Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs, People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City,
No. 6 Alexandre de Rhodes, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Discussion themes: (i) industries and green energy, (ii) high-tech agriculture, (iii) water management, environment, climate change, (iv) tourism and (v) human resource training.

[HCM] BELGIAN KING’S DAY 15th November, 2017

Beluxcham would like to thank all of you for your presence during the event of King’s Day organized in co-operation with the Belgian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh and AWEX – Wallonia Export and Investments.

The event was a great success with over 100 people attending, showing the big interest for the Belgian Community in Saigon and for Beluxcham in particular.

Belgian King’s day was also made possible thanks to our sponsors: BNP-Fortis Paribas, Sarens, Godiva, Katoen Natie, Solvay Business School, Lutosa, BELGO, AB-Inbev and Turkish Airlines.

During the event our guests enjoyed complimentary traditional Belgian appetizers and beer.

Some of our attendees end up being really lucky by winning the prizes offered by our sponsors.

Here bellow the names of the winners for the records:

Winning 1 Magnum bottle Hoegaarden Rose offered by AB-Inbev :

  • Ms Vo Le Kim Tuyen
  • Mr Luc Gheysens
  • Mr Jozef De Smedt

Winning the return flight ticket offered by Turkish Airlines :

  • Mr Marc Vuylsteke

We would like to congratulate the winners once again.

We wish that all of you had a very nice evening and we hope to see you again at the next event.

As our Consul said: – Ce n’est pas “La vie est belle, mais la vie est Belge”!