The Belgian Vietnam Achievement Awards ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 15 in the presence of Prince Philippe and Belgian several ministers who are on an official visit to the country.
The ceremony, held at the Sheraton Hotel, was organized by Beluxcham (Belgian and Luxembourg chamber of commerce in Vietnam) to recognize the business achievements of Belgian companies and Joint venture companies with Belgian participation, as well as senior Belgian managers active in Vietnam.
The Saigon River Factory Vietnam won the award for the best company active for more than three years in Vietnam. Founded by Peter Arts and Hedwig Pira, the company, which produces granite and ceramic, recorded a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in turnover increase in 2011, and increased its staff by 50 percent during the same period.
Dinh Vu Industrial Zone, a joint venture between Rent-a-Port and the local Haiphong People's Committee won a special award for long-standing business achievementS in Vietnam.
Bart Verheyen, Procurement & Merchandizing Director at Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam, won the best senior manager award for a Belgian professional who has worked for more than three years in Vietnam.
Jan De Nul NV won the best company award for a firm active for less than three years in Vietnam. The company is a part of the Son Duong Port and Steel Mill Complex in the central province of Ha Tinh, the largest foreign direct investment project ever licensed in Vietnam so far, with total investment capital of nearly US$ 8 billion.