Belgium-China : Economic and Trade Forum back to events

Date: 09/10/2009 - 09/10/2009
Type: FCCC events
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A business forum was organized on October 9 at t he Crowne Plaza in Brussels on the occasion of the visit of a top level delegation of members of the Chinese government and administration as well as business executives, presided by H.E. Xi Jinping, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China. The forum was organized by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) and the China Investment Promotion Agency, in cooperation with the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce, and with the kind support of the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, the regional export agencies and the Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China. 

More than 400 people attended the forum and listened to speeches by Xi Jinping, Vice President of the People's Republic of China, Yves Leterme, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and Zhong Shan, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. Vice President Xi Jinping pointed out that despite the financial crisis, bilateral trade between China and Belgium rose 14.4% last year. Total trade was a thousand times more than 38 years ago when both countries established diplomatic relations. He mentioned Xian Janssen, Bekaert and AB InBev as successful investments in China. The Vice President said both sides could strengthen technical cooperation and personnel exchange in the fields of high-tech manufacturing, finance, nuclear energy, tourism, ports, management and other fields. 

Other speakers introduced Belgium as a gateway to Europe and investment opportunities in Belgium and China. Mrs Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC), moderated a discussion on “Belgium and China as Trading Partners”. China's environment and outward investment policies were introduced by officials from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Europe's top regions for logistics and distribution and Belgium as a world champion for chemicals and plastics were highlighted by the Belgian side. China's foreign trade was also a topic at the forum. The Belgian sector of eco innovation was introduced by Rudi Thomaes of FEB, ICT & technology by Yizhen Wang of Agoria, pharmaceuticals by Yves Verschueren of Essenscia and textiles by Fa Quix of Fedustria. A networking lunch and matchmaking event concluded the forum.