11:23 | 20/09/2017 MUTRAP Corner
On September 17th, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and the Government's delegation began their working visit to Belgium and visited the headquarters and wind and solar energy projects of Rent-A-Port, an engineering and investment company specialising in the development of marine infrastructure and industrial zones.
In Vietnam, Rent-A-Port has worked with the People’s Committee of the northern port city of Hai Phong in order to develop Dinh Vu Industrial Zone/Deep-C on the Dinh Vu peninsula, regarded as one of the most successful industrial park projects in northern Vietnam.
The company is expected to build more industrial parks in Hai Phong and the northern port province of Quang Ninh, with a focus on high-tech and renewable energy projects.
Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue was briefed on the company’s successful investment models, which combine industrial zones with port complexes, transportation services and energy production, with the most noteworthy example being the Antwerp port area.
The Rent-A-Port leaders expressed their hope to replicate its successful models in Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, and that the Vietnamese Government would continue to support the company’s projects, especially those on sea dyke construction and wind and solar power projects in Hai Phong.
While making fact-finding trips to Rent-A-Port projects, including C-Power, the first offshore wind farm in Belgium, along wwith Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe in terms of cargo volume and one of the main gateways of Europe to the sea, Deputy PM Hue applauded the investment in wind and solar energy in Vietnam by Belgium’s Rent-A-Port and suggested that the company work on connecting wind power with Vietnam’s national power grid.
In response, Deputy PM said that the Vietnamese Government welcomes and creates the best possible conditions for foreign firms to expand their business in Vietnam.
Following his tour of Antwerp, the official visited Ostend city, where he attended a banquet hosted by the city’s Mayor Johan Vande Lanotte, also former Deputy PM of Belgium.
Lanottee and the Rent-A-Port leaders affirmed their support for the establishment of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the EU.
Later the same day, Deputy PM visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium.