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HCM City, Flanders cooperate in port development In the face of looming climate change and rising sea levels,HCM City wants to work closely with the Flanders region, and learn from their extensive experience in the fields of port building and management.

Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan made this statement at a reception for the visiting Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Hilde Crevits, in the city on November 10.Quan briefed his guest on some major blueprints for the city’s port system, especially the Hiep Phuoc Port Urban Area which will house relocated ports from the urban areas.

Once completion, the Belgium-funded project, to dredge the Soai Rap river, should be able to receive 30.000-50.000 DWT vessels, meeting the increasing demand for development of the Hiep Phuoc Port Urban Area.

Quan expressed hopes that the Belgian Government and Flanders will continue to support the city in implementing the next phases of the Soai Rap river project and build the Hiep Phuoc Port Urban Area.

He also encouraged stronger cooperation in other key areas such as economics, social affairs, culture, education and science and technology between HCM City and Flanders.

Hilde Crevits highlighted the city’s potential for port development as well as the efficient cooperation in port development between Belgium, Flanders and Vietnam over the years.

Belgian partners have helped increase the operational capacity of Vietnamese ports and foster connectivity between ports inHCM City, Vietnam as a whole, and the world’s port system.

Regarding future cooperation, she expressed hopes many businesses from Flanders will arrive in HCM City to seek investment opportunities. Both sides will continue to develop and enhance cooperation in economics, especially in the export of coffee and seafood for the mutual benefit of Flanders and HCM City.


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