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Update upcoming Belgian Economic Missions

21/09/2021

𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗴𝗶𝗮𝗻 E𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗰 M𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯! 

 

The Belgian Economic Missions under the presidency of HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King are back on track! 

 

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels, have agreed on a brand new calendar. All our teams are looking forward to welcoming you on these missions. 

New publication "Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on foreign trade: long-lasting or everlasting?"

07/09/2021

A successful webinar was organised on Tuesday 7th of September 2021 by the BFTA in collaboration with its partners the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels, to launch the second part of our publication “Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on foreign trade: long-lasting or everlasting?".

You can read the publication in French here and in Dutch here 

All presentations and video recording of the webinar can be consulted here: https://www.abh-ace.be/nl/nieuws/2021/presentatie_van_het_webinar_impact_of_the_covid_19_crisis_on_foreign_trade_long_lasting

New publication "Belgian Sustainable Food Systems" available!

23/06/2021

A successful webinar was organised on Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 by the BFTA in collaboration with its partners the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels, to launch our latest sectoral publication “Belgian Sustainable Food Systems”.

You can read the publication here:

https://bit.ly/3d4rote 

 

𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: https://www.abh-ace.be/nl/nieuws/2021/presentatie_van_het_webinar_belgian_sustainable_food_systems

Webinar on Sustainable Food Systems

08/06/2021

On the occasion of the release of its latest sectoral publication, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels are pleased to invite you to a webinar on Belgian Sustainable Food Systems on Tuesday 22 June at 10 am.   

You can no longer register for this webinar.

Webinar: Follow-up on the 2019 Belgian Economic Mission to Mexico and opportunities on the modernized Mexico-EU Global Agreement

20/05/2021

A highly successful webinar "Follow-up on the 2019 Belgian Economic Mission to Mexico and opportunities on the modernized Mexico-EU Global Agreement" was organized on Thursday

20 May by the Embassy of Mexico and the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, in close  cooperation with the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels.

We are very grateful to HRH Princess Astrid for making the introductory speech and to the leading Mexican government representatives who participated: HE Tatiana Clouthier, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade and HE Martha Delgado, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Numerous other high level Mexican and Belgian speakers also contributed. 

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲:
https://bit.ly/3fHvpp7 & https://bit.ly/3fHznhp

Register for the Belgian Economic Mission to the United Kingdom

20/04/2021

Already 184 participants have registered for the Belgian Economic Mission to the United Kingdom, which HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King, will preside over from 5 to 8 September 2021.

Don’t miss your chance to participate!

Registrations are open until 3 May 2021 on the websites of the regional export & investment agencies:

 

Companies in Brussels

FR: https://hub.brussels/fr/events/mission-economique-belge-au-royaume-uni/

NL: https://hub.brussels/nl/events/belgische-economische-missie-in-het-verenigd-koninkrijk/

 

Companies in Flanders

https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/export/acties-events/verenigd-koninkrijk-onder-leiding-van-prinses-astrid

 

Companies in Wallonia

https://www.awex-export.be/fr/agenda/royaume-uni-mission-economique-presidee-par-sar-la-princesse-astrid

 

New advisor for

HRH Princess Astrid

18/02/2021

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 

04/02/2021

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 2021 two Belgian Economic Missions presided by HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, will be organized by the BFTA in close cooperation with the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels.

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 

19/01/2021

On Thursday 4th of February at 10:00 AM, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) and its partners: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels 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 

15/12/020

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! 

08/12/020

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 FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels.

You can read the study here

 

New study "Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian foreign trade" available!

20/11/2020

Foreign Trade is the central pillar of our country’s economic prosperity. At the suggestion of its institutional partners: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and 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.

Testimonial by

AMB Ecosteryl

29/10/2020

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.

 

Enjoy the video here

Testimonial by

BESIX Group

29/10/2020

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.

 

Enjoy the video here

A new passport for Belgium in 2021

05/10/2020

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.

Read all about it in this press release.

ERC announces Interim Results from Phase 2 Trial of Immunotherapy ERC1671

28/09/2020

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.

 

You can read the press release here

Webinar on Belgian Health Technologies

20/09/2021

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels, are pleased to invite you to a webinar "Belgian Health Technologies" on Tuesday 12 October at 15:30.

You can register here

Postponement of the Belgian Economic Mission to the United States of America

13/08/2021

The health situation makes it impossible to guarantee an optimal organization of the Belgian Economic Mission to the United States of America planned from 2 to 9 October 2021.

In order not to jeopardize the opportunities for Belgian companies and the smooth organization of the activities of the mission, the Board of Directors of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency sees no other recourse than to postpone this mission to 2022. Preparations for the program will continue on its current basis, and companies will be contacted again about their participation.

Communiqué on the postponement of the Belgian economic mission to the United Kingdom

21/06/2021

The recent evolution of the health situation in the United Kingdom and the sanitary measures put in place by the British government make it impossible to guarantee an optimal organization of the Belgian economic mission to the United Kingdom planned from 5 to 8 September 2021.

 

In order not to jeopardize the opportunities for Belgian companies and the smooth organization of the activities of the mission, the Board of Directors of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency sees no other recourse than to postpone this mission to spring 2022. Preparations for the program will continue on its current basis, and companies will be contacted again about their participation.

Working meeting of
HRH Princesss Astrid and
HE Sophie Wilmès on the Belgian Economic Missions

04/06/2021

Yesterday on the 3th of June, HE Sophie Wilmès, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, of European Affairs, of Foreign Trade had a working meeting with Her Royal Highness, Princess Astrid who presides over the Belgian Economic Missions as representative of
HM the King. They prepared the agenda with the conviction that foreign trade is also a lever for the socio-economic recovery of our country.

Presentations of the webinar: Brexit's results findings and lessons

26/04/2021

More than 380 participants attended the webinar “Brexit’s first results: Findings and lessons”, organized by the BFTA on Thursday 22 April, in cooperation with its partners, the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels.

We thank HE Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, for his introduction to this webinar as well as our guest speakers for their contribution: Mr Jeroen Sarrazyn (Brexit Coordinator, Belgian Customs), Mrs Tine Vandervelden (International Business Manager, Fevia), Mrs Marie Desrousseaux (Policy Advisor, Febetra), and Mr Ward Minnaert (Expert Brexit, International Commerce Department FPS Economy).

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲:
https://bit.ly/3dSLyH6 or https://bit.ly/3aEYFJY.
 

Webinar: Brexit's results findings and lessons

31/03/2021

Since January 1st, 2021, Brexit has become a reality amidst a worldwide pandemic crisis. Some analysts state that the bilateral trade of countries like Belgium with the United Kingdom was not affected as much as feared while others observe a sharp drop in the bilateral trade. What is the real situation? What do exporters have to pay more attention to and which points deserve further political negotiations or straightforward intervention?

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency organizes this webinar in close cooperation with its partners, the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels.  We will have the pleasure of welcoming HE Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium who will make the introduction of the webinar, as well as several other high-level guest-speakers.

You can no longer register for this event. 

 

Congratulations to the European credit insurance group CREDENDO, that is celebrating its 100th anniversary!

12/02/2021

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?” 

04/02/2021

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: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels on the occasion of the launch of the study of the same name. 

You can read the study here

You can look at the recording of the webinar on the website of the BFTA.

 

Interview with HE Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 

18/01/2021

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. 

 

Watch the Minister’s interview here.

 

I-care is the Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 in Belgium 

14/12/020

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.

You can read more about it here

 

Webinar Belgian sustainable Building Solutions & Smart cities

07/12/020

On the occasion of the release of its latest sectoral publication, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and its partners: the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels. 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 

29/10/2020

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, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) 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.

Testimonial by

EnergyVision

29/10/2020

EnergyVision has participated to the Belgian Economic Mission to Morocco and to China.

Maarten Michielssens, Founder and CEO at EnergyVision gives a short testimonial.

 

Enjoy the video here

New publication Belgian Transport & Logistics available

27/10/2020

A successful webinar was organised on 27 October by the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency in collaboration with its partners the FPS Foreign Affairs, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) and hub.brussels, on the occasion of the launch of its latest sectoral publication "Belgian Transport & Logistics". 

 

You can consult the study here

Belgium and the United States Sign Agreement to Establish Preclearance at Brussels Airport

28/09/2020

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. 

 

You can read the press release here