Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue ( Image: baohaiquan.vn )
* Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien hosted a reception for Prince Philippe in Hanoi. The Belgium and Vietnamese delegates exchanged their views on the health policies of both countries while Minister Tien praised the Belgian Government’s assistance to the Vietnamese health sector in recent years, particularly in remote rural areas. Minister Tien expressed her wish that the two countries will continue to promote further co-operation in this area.
* Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde attended a forum on Belgian education in Vietnam. Speaking at the forum, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan explained how the co-operation between Vietnam and Belgium in the area of education has developed and proven effective in recent years.
The Belgian delegates also recognised achievements in educational and training co-operation between Vietnam and Belgium, and noted a number of agreements which will be signed between the two countries’ universities in the near future.
* Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue also met the Belgian delegation led by the Crown Prince . The Minister praised the support provided by the Belgian Government to Vietnam through concessional credits and aid for social welfare projects. Crown Prince Philippe confirmed that Belgium will continue to provide Vietnam with official development assistance as well as additional future support for Vietnam in finance and export.
* The Crown Princess also met representatives of the northern province of Phu Tho on March 13. At their meeting, Chairman of the Phu Tho provincial People’s Committee Hoang Dan Mac spoke highly of the Belgium Government and in particular VredesEilanden Country Office (VECO) in Vietnam, for their assistance in developing the province.
The provincial leader also expressed his thanks to the Belgian Government for helping the province’s campaign to have hat Xoan (Xoan singing) included on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. He further expressed his wish that Belgium would continue to support Phu Tho province in its bid to have ‘The worship of Hung Kings’ recognised as another Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Crown Princess and the Belgian delegation were afforded the opportunity to visit the Hung Kings’ Temple Relic Complex where they offered incense to the the country’s legendary founders.