During a meeting in Brussels on September 9, Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, told David Clarinval, Minister for Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed, Agriculture, Social Integration and Urban Policy of Belgium, that Vietnam hopes to further foster agricultural collaboration with Belgium.
As Vietnam and Belgium have shared a fruitful agri cooperation through the formation of agricultural ties to a strategic partnership in 2018, Minister Hoan proposed that the two sides bolster the partnership on the basis of optimising their potential and advantages.
Belgium is currently the fifth biggest agro-forestry-fisheries market of Vietnam among EU countries. Minister Hoan expressed his hope that Belgium will continue supporting the development of waterway logistics and cold storage using the Belgian technology in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. He said he hopes Vietnam will continue assisting and creating favourable conditions for Belgium investors in logistics port development serving the export of fresh fruits to European markets at the lower Cai Mep port.
He also highlighted the need to create conditions for Belgium's products with competitive advantage, including cherries, to be present in the Vietnamese market.