Belgian prince leads large business delegation on Vietnam visit

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Prince Philippe of Belgium will lead a large delegation of nearly 300 businesspeople on a six-day official visit to Vietnam beginning March 11, a Dan Tri report said Tuesday.

The delegation hopes to improve cooperation with Vietnam in port infrastructure and transport, green technology, agricultural and health sectors, the newswire quoted Belgian Ambassador Bruno Angelet as saying.

Representatives of 40 universities in the delegation will promote education in Belgium, he said.

The prince will meet with President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and with other high-ranking Vietnamese leaders, and witness the signing of agreements between the countries' universities and other organizations.

The prince's entourage also includes Princess Mathilde and four ministers.

Since the establishment of economic and political cooperation in 1973, trade between Vietnam and Belgium has risen steadily, crossing the US$1 billion mark last year, the Dan Tri report said.

Belgium is now Vietnam's sixth largest European trade partner.

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