On 17 September 2017, Rent-A-Port hosted a top-level Vietnamese governmental delegation ahead of to their official visit to Belgian government starting the day after.
Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue chaired the delegation, including among others the Chairman of EVN Mr. Duong Quang Thanh, the Vice Chairman of the Office of the Government Mr. Nguyen Sy Hiep, Deputy Minister of Planning & Investment Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dung, the Deputy Ministry of Industry & Trade Mr. Do Thang Hai, and the Deputy Minister of Finance Ms. Vu Thi Mai.
The day started with a meeting at Rent-A-Port’s head offices where Rent-A-Port management exposed the success from the past and future projects in the Development of the DEEP C Industrial Zones, a cluster of 5 industrial zones (total 2500 ha) in North VietNam run by Rent-A-Port and in operation since 1997.
Deputy Prime Minister Hue and Ambassador Phong from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Belgium at Rent-A-Port’s Head office.
Focus was set on the plans from Rent-A-Port Green Energy to develop renewable electricity generation capacity in the DEEP C concessions, upon an off-grid concept, with the produced electricity directly delivered to the manufactures in the industrial zones, without using the national grid. As a pilot project for this industrial off-grid renewable development scheme, a first 2.5MW wind turbine will be installed in 2018 by Rent-A-Port Green Energy, and eleven more in 2019 bringing the total capacity to 30 MW.
Deputy Prime Minister Hue lauded efforts from Rent-A-Port to create prime attractive land for industrial investments in VietNam and expressed the support of the Vietnamese Government to the Renewable Energy Development Strategy from DEEP C and Rent-A-Port Green Energy.
The Vietnamese delegation afterwards brought a visit to the Belgian Offshore Wind farms, a sector from which Rent-A-Port has been a major driving force as of the first stages of development in the late nineties.
Ready to board for an exclusive heli-visit to Belgian offshore wind farms! From left to right: Mr Duong Quang Thanh (Chairman Electricity of VN Group EVN), Mr Vuong Thua Phong (Ambassador to Belgium), Mr Frank Wouters (Deputy CEO Rent-A-Port and CEO DEEP C Industrial Zones), H. E. Mr Vuong Dinh Hue (Deputy Prime Minister), Mr Nguyen Quoc Dung (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs), Mr Le Quoc Doanh (Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development), Mr Nguyen Van Dong (PSO to Deputy PM).
The delegation was then hosted for a lunch by the Lord Mayor of Ostend, Mr. Johan Vande Lanotte, prior Minister of the North Sea and Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.
The day ended with a visit to one of Belgian’s most popular tourist attraction: the old city of Bruges where the delegation visited chocolate factory. Deputy CEO from Rent-A-Port and CEO of DEEP C Industrial Zones Frank Wouters handed over a gift to Deputy Prime Minister symbolizing Belgium’s finest and Vietnamese-Belgian friendship… Belgium and Vietnam flagged wind turbines crafted in chocolates by one of the world’s best chocolatier Dominique Persoone.