Egyptian Belgian Forum with EBBA

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On 17 June 2019, the Arab Belgian-Luxembourg-Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of welcoming the Egyptian Belgian Business Association (EBBA) headed by Mr. Rafik ATTIA. On this occasion the ABLCC organized, in collaboration with the Commercial office of the Embassy of Egypt in Brussels, a Business Seminar, followed by a Lunch and B2B meetings.

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The Secretary General of the ABLCC Mr. Qaisar Hijazin drew attention, in his welcome speech, to the fact that it was the 10th visit of the EBA Delegation to Brussels. He also addressed special thanks to the Embassy of Egypt in Brussels for its support and praised the development of the Egyptian economy in all sectors.

The Ambassador of Egypt HE Mr. Khaled EL BAKLY expressed the significance of the economic and social reforms undertaken in Egypt and addressed the importance of Egypt as a Hub for Business for all the MENA region and Africa.

He recalled the long history of friendship between Egypt and Belgium and mentioned that Egypt is becoming an energy hub for the Mediterranean area.

Ms. Fabienne L'HOOST, General Director of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, stressed the importance of Egypt for Belgian foreign trade and mentioned the increasing number of opportunities for Belgian companies as a consequence of the development of the Egyptian economy. Finally, Mr. Jozef SOMERS, Operations Manager at SGS, shared with us his successful experience with trade in Egypt.

This event was an occasion for the ABLCC to thank for their support and collaboration its valuable partners: the FIT agency, HUB Brussels, AWEX; but also, HE Mr. Yahya EL WATHIK BELLAK and Mr. Sherif ERFAN from the Embassy of Egypt; and the BECI and CBL ACP.

Launch of the Jordan-Belgian Business & Friendship Association

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On the occasion of the launch of the Jordan-Belgian Business & Friendship Association (JBFA), Mr. Qaisar Hijazin had the honour to represent the ABLCC at the reception organised by H.E. Hendrik Van de Velde, Ambassador of Belgium in Jordan.

It was a also a pleasant occasion to meet with H.E. Dr. Yousef Bataineh, Ambassador of Jordan in Belgium. 

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The Chamber truly praises the efforts deployed by both Ambassadors. The JBFA will foster business links and further cultural and social relations between the Kingdoms of Belgium and Jordan. 

The ABLCC wishes a lot of success to the new Association and its members and good luck to H.E. Mr. Van de Velde in his new mission to represent Belgium in Canada. 

Visit of a High-Level Delegation from Oman to Belgium

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In close collaboration with the Omani Embassy, the ABLCC arranged the visit of a high-level delegation from the Sultanate of Oman, headed by H.E. Minister Yahya AL JABRI. The delegation was comprised of senior representatives from the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD), Oman Investment Authorities (Ithraa), Port of Duqm, Oman Oil, Oman Dry Dock and Duqm Quarries. Oman TV covered the entire visit and published a series of TV reportages. 

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ABLCC-SEZAD Business Forum
On this occasion, the Chamber co-organised on 9 September 2019 a business forum with SEZAD at THE HOTEL Brussels. The words of H.E. Raoul Delcorde, Director MENA of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Johan Beerlandt, ABLCC Chairman - along with the presence of a dozen of Arab ambassadors - significantly contributed to the success of the event, which gathered nearly 80 people from various companies and agencies. The seminar “Oman, A Country of Promising Opportunities” was followed by a business lunch and a B2B session. 
Visit to John Cockerill and Armstrong International
Wallonia Investment & Trade Agency AWEX kindly invited the delegation to visit our sponsor John Cockerill and the company Armstrong International on 10 September. The visit was followed by a business lunch in the Castle of Colonster in presence of Mr. Luc Gillard, MP-President of the Province of Liege, Ms. Marielle Germis, Head of AWEX Liege and the companies Hamon Therma, TD Williamson and Widetech. 
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The delegation then headed to Antwerp where they were welcomed by the Governor Cathy Berx and the Honorary Vice-Mayor Philip Heylen. The Port of Antwerp - which is part of the Port of Duqm Company 50-50 joint venture with the Government of Oman - organised a 2-days forum. A business seminar presenting PoA’s priorities for the future and the opportunities of investment in Duqm took place in the famous Port House, created by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. 
Ultimately, the delegation visited the port area and attended a dinner in the presence of the Ambassador of Oman, Antwerp authorities and ABLCC Secretary General. 
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About Duqm…
Duqm is originally a port town located on the Arabian Sea. The Port of Duqm was further developed through a 50-50 joint venture between the Government of Oman and the Port of Antwerp. A Belgian consortium was in charge of the construction of the new port and drydock and SEZAD has been appointed responsible for the management of all economic activities in Duqm. Since, Duqm has become one of the main commercial doors of the Peninsula and is well connected to Europe and the rest of the world through a highly advanced logistic network.
The Special Economic Zone around the Port of Duqm is the biggest in the Middle East and allows the establishment of a large range of megaprojects. The zone is divided into 8 subareas : port, drydock, oil refinery, regional airport, industries complex, logistics services and residential - commerical and tourism area. Special measures have been developed and implemented to ensure ecological balance, proper mobility and offer a pleasant living environment to the inhabitants and expat community of Duqm.

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“Morocco and Belgium: A Princely Mission for more powerful synergies”

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On 07 March 2019, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with, Awex, and FIT, had the pleasure to invite their members and friends to a lunch-conference “Morocco and Belgium: A Princely Mission for more powerful synergies” in order to review alltogether the outcomes of the Belgian Economic Mission to Morocco headed by HRH Princess Astrid in November 2018.

Our guest speakers were:

  • HE Mohamed AMEUR, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Brussels
  • HE Cécile JODOGNE, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of Foreign Trade
  • Mr. Nabil JIJAKLI, Deputy CEO at Credendo Group

This lunch-conference, attended by 65 participants, represented a unique opportunity to share our speakers' insights, obtain a broader perspective on the follow-up of the Princely Mission, as well as to obtain some highlights on the Moroccan Economy and identify trade opportunities and country economic indicators.

Our participants also had the chance dialogue with our speakers and diplomats from the Embassy of Morocco and thus further discuss their own projects and find answers to their questions.

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Arab-Belgian Diplomatic Business Lunch

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Your Excellencies, we are fully aware of the large number of engagements that occupy your agendas and we deeply appreciate the importance you accord to the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and its members by your presence here today”.
Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of the ABLCC

It has now been 10 years since the first edition of the now renowned « Arab-Belgian Diplomatic Business meeting » organized by the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, in close relation with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Linklaters, on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

On the strength of its increasingly wide reputation, this highly prized event gathered more than 140 participants with top-level personalities!

The ABLCC had the honour to welcome HE Riad SALAME, Gouvernor of the Banque du Liban and HE Raoul DELCORDE, Ambassador and Director Middle-East North Africa, FPS Foreign Affairs, as guest speakers.

HE Raoul Delcorde gave us a comprehensive and up-to-date overview about matters of greatest importance for Belgium in the Middle East and North Africa.

HE Riad Salame expended on the situation in the MENA region and the challenges faced by lebanon in this context.

Among the prestigious personalities were also: HE Cecile Jodogne, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of Foreign Trade, and HE Raed Charafeddine, first Vice-Governor of the Banque du Liban.

The ABLCC was also particularly delighted to welcome 24 Arab and Belgian Ambassadors.

On the Belgian side we welcomed:

  • HE Pierre GILLON, Ambassador of Belgium in ALGERIA
  • HE Sibille DE CARTIER D’YVES, Ambassador of Belgium in EGYPT
  • HE Hendrik VAN DE VELDE, Ambassador of Belgium in JORDAN & IRAQ
  • HE Piet HEIRBAUT, Ambassador of Belgium in KUWAIT & BAHRAIN
  • HE Hubert COOREMAN, Ambassador of Belgium in LEBANON
  • HE Marc TRENTESEAU, Ambassador of Belgium in MOROCCO & MAURITANIA
  • Mrs. Danielle HAVEN, Consul General in PALESTINE
  • HE Bart DE GROOF, Ambassador of Belgium in Qatar
  • HE Dominique MINEUR, Ambassador of Belgium in SAUDI ARABIA
  • HE Michel-Etienne TILEMANS, Ambassador of Belgium in TUNISIA & LIBYA
  • HE Peter CLAES, Ambassador of Belgium in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

On the Arab side we welcomed:

  • HE Najeem AL-ABRI, Ambassador of Oman, Dean of the Arab diplomatic Corps
  • HE Abdulrahman S. ALAHMED, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
  • HE Dr Yousef BATAINEH, Ambassador of Jordan to Belgium
  • HE Dr. Mutrif Siddig Ali NIMMERY, Ambassador of Sudan to Belgium
  • HE Dr Bahiya Jawad ALJESHI, Ambassador of Bahrain to Belgium
  • HE Jasem Mohamed AL BUDAIWI, Ambassador Kuwait to Belgium
  • HE Mohamed Taha MUSTAFA, Ambassador of Yemen to Belgium
  • HE Mohamed AMEUR, Ambassador of Morocco to Belgium
  • HE Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Belgium
  • HE Abdulrahman Bin Suleiman AL-KHULAIFI, Ambassador of Qatar to Belgium
  • HE Fadi HAJALI, Ambassador of Lebanon to Belgium
  • HE Khaled EL BAKLY, Ambassador of Egypt to Belgium
  • HE Mohamed Ridha BEN MOSBAH, Ambassador of Tunisia to Belgium
  • HE Abdalrahman ALFARRA, Ambassador of Palestine to Belgium
  • Mr. Nureddin MAZEN, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of Libya
  • Dr. Fadil Abdul Hussein AL RAHIM, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Iraq

Through this gathering, the ABLCC aims at shedding light on the importance of Arab-Belgian relations whilst contributing accurate and up-to-date information on the various developments in the Arab-world thanks to the expertise and unique insight of their distinguished guests.

The walking lunch format - for which the ABLCC opted - presented a good opportunity for the participants to discuss in person with BELGIAN and ARAB AMBASSADORS, to develop business relations, and to lay the foundation for future collaboration.

As usual, this was a successful event and we are looking forward to the next edition!

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