City gets Belgian visa application centre, Ambassador calls upon Patil

The State of Belgium and VFS Global on Monday opened the Belgian Visa Application Centre, which was inaugurated by Pierre Vaesen, the Ambassador of Belgium.

The Chandigarh centre has become the fourth centre for extending the visa services in the country for Belgium, besides six centres also coming up in other locations for the same in order to offer new services, facilities and benefits to visa applicants, and boost tourism, trade and investments, and bilateral ties with India.

The joint announcement was made by Vaesen and Vishal Jairath, Regional Head - South Asia, VFS Global at a press conference held on Monday. Also present on the occasion were Antoine Delcourt, Counsellor Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Belgium, Kathlijn Fruithof, Trade and Investment Commissioner for Brussels - Capital Region, Jos Declercq, Trade and Investment Commissioner for Flanders and Christophe Van Overstraeten, Trade and Investment Commissioner for Wallonia.

Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said, "As Belgium issues one tenth of the Schengen visas delivered in India, occupying then the fifth position in the list of the 26 Schengen States, the necessity to increase our relationship with VFS Global, who has been our trusted partner for many years, is obvious. It will make it easier for Indians to travel to Belgium for tourism, business or studies".

Later, the Ambassador of Belgium, Pierre Vaesen and Antoine Delcourt, Counselor, Economic Affairs called on Punjab Governor and Administrator, U T Chandigarh. Shivraj V Patil at the Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Discussing various issues at length with the Belgium Ambassador, Patil said that Punjab has achieved a major breakthrough in the agriculture sector and allied fields and the state is emerging as a progressive and vibrant investment destination. He suggested strengthening partnerships in agri-related ventures, especially food processing, with unlimited scope of collaboration.

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