Ambassador Dirk Wouters has been appointed as the new advisor of Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid. Ambassador Wouters is an economist and lawyer by training. He began his 40-year professional career in the consular department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980, left twice in post for Rome and worked as Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations in New York from 1995 till 2000. He held different high level postings in European affairs and became an active Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union from 2011 to 2016.
Moreover, he has a lot of academic experience with numerous guest lectures at American and European universities. Recently he created the innovative America-Europe Fund at the KU Leuven.
From September 2016 until September 2020 he was the Ambassador of Belgium to the United States of America and the Commonwealth of the Bahama’s.
In this capacity he hosted the Belgian Economic Mission to Texas from 3 to 11 December 2016.
As her new advisor, Ambassador Wouters will accompany HRH Princess Astrid during the upcoming Belgian Economic Missions.
In this capacity, he succeeds to former Ambassador Jan Matthysen.
Action plan for the upcoming Belgian Economic Missions
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis brought travel and relocation restrictions abroad this year, making the organization of the two Belgian Economic Missions and the two State visits in 2020 impossible.
In the hope that the pandemic will evolve favorably in the coming months, a new program of the Belgian Economic Missions was drawn up in consultation with our partners.
In 2022, 3 Belgian Economic Missions are scheduled.
You will find the action plan 2021 - 2022 under the upcoming missions page of this website.
Webinar: How Belgian exporters (can) gain a competitive advantage thanks to FTAs
On Thursday 4th of February at 10:00 AM, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) and its partners: Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX, hub.Brussels and the FPS Foreign Affairs organize a webinar on the occasion of the release of the study"Belgian Exporters & Free Trade Agreements: a good match?"
The EU puts a lot of effort in negotiating Free Trade Agreements. But, how well are Belgian companies benefitting from these advantages? Why do some companies decide not to use FTAs? How can your export promotion agency help you increase your competitivity abroad thanks to FTAs? Register to our webinar to find out!
You can no longer register for this webinar.
Virtual meeting with the Ambassador of the United States in Belgium
On the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission to the United States in 2021 and at the request of HE Ronald J. Gidwitz, Ambassador of the United States in Belgium, Mrs. Fabienne L’Hoost, Director general of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency had a virtual meeting with the Ambassador today.
Mr Douglas Ostertag, PolEcon, Economic Unit Chief and Mr Karel Vantomme, Commercial Service, Commercial Advisor, from the U.S. Embassy, and Mrs Christelle Charlier, Director Studies, Statistics and Communication and Mrs Rose Donck, Director & Head of Department State Visits - Belgian Economic Missions, from the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, also participated in this meeting.
New publication "Belgian Sustainable Building Solutions & Smart Cities" available!
The study explains the pioneering role that Belgium plays in sustainable construction and smart cities. With a view to achieving the objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, Belgium is resolutely following the path towards urban sustainability through the prism of innovation and digitalization.
It is the result of a collaboration between the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX & hub. Brussels.
New study "Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian foreign trade" available!
Foreign Trade is the central pillar of our country’s economic prosperity. At the suggestion of its institutional partners: the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX & hub. Brussels, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency carried out an in depth study to measure the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian exports & imports.
This study is the result of 3 months of statistical analysis and interviews with major sector federations of Belgium. What are the 10 most affected sectors? Why? How did our neighboring countries do? How is Belgium expected to recover?
You can read the study here in Dutch and English and here in French !
The study was launched during a successful webinar organised on Thursday 19 November. You can look at the recording on the website of the BFTA.
AMB Ecosteryl has participated to the Belgian Economic Mission to Angola & South Africa, Saudi Arabia & Oman, Malaysia & Singapore, Colombia & Peru, Ivory Coast, Argentina & Uruguay, Morocco and Mexico.
Olivier Dufrasne, President of AMB Ecosteryl gives a short testimonial.
BESIX Group has participated to the Belgian Economic Mission Angola & South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia & Oman, Qatar & UAE, the United States – Texas, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Argentina & Uruguay and Morocco.
Mathieu Ryckewaert, Public and Corporate Affairs at BESIX Group, gives a short testimonial.
News for all travellers. The Belgian company ZETES, headquartered in Brussels, has been chosen to produce the new generation of Belgian electronic passports, the official launch of which is scheduled for 2021.
ERC announces Interim Results from Phase 2 Trial of Immunotherapy ERC1671
ERC Belgium, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, participated to the Belgian Economic Mission to Colombia & Peru in 2014. Recently ERC Belgium has announced promising interim results in the phase 2 clinical trial for ERC1671 (also known as Gliovac or SITOIGANAP) under FDA IND 15430 at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California.
Congratulations to the European credit insurance group CREDENDO, that is celebrating its 100th anniversary!
CREDENDO is celebrating its 100th anniversary!
CREDENDO participates regularly to the Belgian Economic Missions, providing advice and information to the participants during the mission.
Read more about how Credendo supports Belgian exporters for 100 years and its outlook for the future of world trade here.
New study:“Belgian Exporters & Free Trade Agreements: a good match?”
More than 400 people participated in the webinar "Belgian exporters & free trade agreements: a good match?", organised by the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) and its partners: Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX, hub.Brussels and the FPS Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the launch of the study of the same name.
Interview with HE Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
On January 6th 2021, Mrs. Fabienne L’Hoost, Director general of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency had a meeting with HE Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade, and of the Federal Cultural Institutions. On this occasion, the Minister gave an interview in the context of the Belgian Economic Missions.
I-care is the Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 in Belgium
This prestigious award is organized each year by E&Y, with the support of BNP Paribas Fortis and L’Echo and goes to I-care, a company that has already participated to many Belgian Economic Missions and State Visits.
Webinar Belgian sustainable Building Solutions & Smart cities
On the occasion of the release of its latest sectoral publication, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX &
hub. Brussels are pleased to invite you to a webinar on Belgian Sustainable Building Solutions & Smart Cities on Tuesday 8 December at 10am. You can no longer register for this webinar.
Webinar COVID-19: Recovery prospects for Belgian foreign trade
The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency is pleased to announce that its new publication “Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian Foreign Trade” will be released soon. On this occasion, together with our partners the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Wallonia Export & Investment Agency and hub.brussels we have the pleasure to invite you to a Webinar on Thursday, November 19th at 14:30. You can no longer register for this webinar.
EnergyVision has participated to the Belgian Economic Mission to Morocco and to China.
Maarten Michielssens, Founder and CEO at EnergyVision gives a short testimonial.
New publication Belgian Transport & Logistics available
A successful webinar was organised on 27 October by the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency in collaboration with its partners Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX), Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), hub.brussels and the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the launch of its latest sectoral publication "Belgian Transport & Logistics".
Belgium and the United States Sign Agreement to Establish Preclearance at Brussels Airport
Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe Goffin and United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Ronald Gidwitz signed a “preclearance” agreement that will allow passengers boarding flights from Brussels Airport to the United States to clear U.S. customs and immigration prior to embarkation in Brussels, and to save time upon arrival.