ETW STAFF – Chennai
The Belgian state extended its Visa Application Centre services to Ahmedabad and Pune in western India, and in Chennai and Hyderabad in southern India, in collaboration with VFS Global. Catering to the growing demand of Belgium bound travellers in the region, this strategic move is aimed at offering new services, facilities and benefits to visa applicants, and boost tourism, trade and investments, and bilateral ties with India.The announcement was made at a press conference held on the occasion of opening the new Belgium Visa Application Centre in Chennai. Karl Van den Bossche, consul general of Belgium in Mumbai and Vishal Jairath, regional head – South Asia, VFS Global made the joint announcement at the conference.
Also present at the conference was Koen Gabriels, consul and head of Visa Operations at the Consulate General of Belgium in Mumbai. Next steps are the opening of a Consulate General in Chennai and the visit of a large business delegation headed by HRH Prince Philippe, crown prince of Belgium, to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai on November 23-29. Also Belgium’s festival Europalia, one of Europe’s largest cultural events, will focus on India this year.