Area: 2,982 km2
Population: 1.5 million (2015)
Date of establishment of sisterhood relation with Binh Duong province: October 14th, 2015
East Flanders Province has an area of 2,982 km2 and is inhabited by 1.5 million people. It is one of the 5 provinces establishing the Flanders Region, a key economic region of Belgium and also Europe, owing to its concentration of logistics centers and major Belgian seaports, namely the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest seaport.
The province as a region "where knowledge works". This highlights two main strengths of the Province of East Flanders: it is a highly developed logistics region and it is a region of knowhow. The sum of these two strengths -knowledge and logistics- adds up to a number of unique selling propositions.
One of the greatest advantages of the province of East Flanders is its strategic location. It lies in a prosperous region that extends from Manchester to Milan via London, the Benelux, Strasbourg and Switzerland. From an economic perspective, the Blue Banana represents two thirds of the GDP of the entire European Union. It is no coincidence that East Flanders is so strong in logistics. The province's central location and extensive, multimodal transport network enables very efficient connections by road, water and rail. The Province has two seaports: the port of Ghent and the Waasland Port on the Antwerp left bank and part of the Port of Antwerp. Ghent City is the provincial capital, an important junction point in the transport of both goods and passengers, linking to the world.
Ghent City – capital of East Flanders province
Friendship cooperation with Binh Duong province:
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between Binh Duong province and East Flanders province (Belgium)
In October 14th, 2015, Binh Duong and East Flanders provinces signed the Memorandum on strengthening the friendly cooperation relations and promote cooperation in areas: economics, science, technology (for example: biotech, agriculture, logistics, infrastructure, ...). Initially, the two provinces give priority to boost economic and trade activities in areas: science and technology, logistics, high-tech agriculture, etc. upon the basis of equality and mutual benefits.
Based on the bilateral friendship cooperation, the two localities exchange seniors delegations, enhance the cooperation activities in their strengths. Currently, (May of 2020), there are 5 Belgian projects with the capital of 39.2 million US dollars investing in Binh Duong province.