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Wallonia Export Days / Exportbeurs

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The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce is proud to have taken part to the Wallonia Export days organized by AWEX as well as to the Exportbeurs organized by Flanders Investment & Trade.

We are proud to put our 40-year expertise in doing business with Arab countries at your service!

If you did not get the chance to meet us during the Wallonia Export days or the Exportbeurs, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lunch-Conference with HEM Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, Ambassador of the UAE in Brussels

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Ambassador Abushahab United Arab Emirates

We have chosen 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' as the overarching theme of the World Expo which Dubai will host in 2020… Through that theme, Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform to foster creativity, collaboration and ideas on a global scale.
HEM Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, Ambassador of the UAE in Brussels

On the occasion of its Board meeting and Assembly General, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce found it opportune to organize a Lunch-conference on "Opportunity and Investment: Deepening the UAE's Economic Partnerships".

And who better than the Ambassador of the UAE himself, His Excellency Mohamed Issa ABUSHAHAB, could give us a more valuable insight on the matter?

During his presentation, Ambassador Abushahab explained that “enabling business to thrive is a key motivator in the UAE”. Adding that the UAE stable and strong economic context is characterized by flexibility and diversity, and that they are constantly reforming their commercial legislative landscape to ensure it is at the forefront of global institutional excellence.

HE Abushahab underlined the fact that The UAE is ranked 21st globally by the World Bank for ease of doing business, and 17th in terms of global competitiveness. Recalling that the UAE is unparalleled in terms of its regional and global connectivity. “We are a leader in the global logistics index, excelling in international shipments, customs, infrastructure, and timeliness.”

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He then continued his analysis by giving the audience further insights on UAE's Vision 2021 and Expo 2020.

He also drew attention to the fact that EXPO 2020, for which more than 170 countries have confirmed their participation, will act as a unique gateway to the Middle East, also targeting vital markets in Africa and South Asia.

This event was also a great occasion for the participants to meet face-to-face with His Excellency Abushahab and to expand their network as it gathered together distinguished guests from the Arab world (such as the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers), Arab Ambassadors, Belgian Agencies for foreign trade, Representatives from the Belgian and Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and Belgian and Luxembourg Enterprises.

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Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers

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Dr. Khaled HANAFI UNION OF ARAB CHAMBERS

This week, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce has had the honour to welcome Dr. Khaled HANAFI, new Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers.

Mr. Hanafi, who took part to the Board meeting of the ABLCC and to the subsequent Lunch-conference with the Ambassador of the UAE as Guest of Honour, stressed the need to bring about a change in the relations between Arab countries and the EU: the EU could be considered a major partner of the Arab Region.

In this sense, Dr. Hanafi took advantage of his visit to Belgium to meet with Mr. Michael A. KÖHLER, Director Neighbourhood, Directorate -General for Development Cooperation at the European Commission.

He also explained that one should not simply consider the access to the number of citizens in the Arab Region but also and more importantly the access to more than 2 billion citizens based on trade agreements.

Last but not least, Dr. Hanafi underscored the need to shift from traditional trade and investments to strategic economic partnerships.

Multisectoral Economic Mission Jordan/Lebanon

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The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, together with Hub Brussels, AWEX, and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, organized a Multisectoral Economic Mission to Jordan and Lebanon from 07 to 11 May 2018. No less than 20 Belgian & Luxembourg enterprises joined this Mission which started in Amman, Jordan.

Jordan is an emerging economy oriented towards services, open to foreign trade, and an important gateway to Iraq. Largely liberalized and privatized in the 2000s, Jordan's economic growth is expected to reach 2.5% by 2020. The "Jordan 2025" strategy, published in 2015, is the road map for the next ten years with $ 20 billion in planned investments.

As part of the Mission to Jordan, the organizers paid a visit to the Amman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jordan’s oldest and largest chamber of commerce. There, the importance of strengthening bilateral ties between the three countries and exploring new potentialities was highlighted. The attention of the delegation was drawn to the fact that Jordan has a strategic position, especially for business with Iraq and the special economic zone of Aqaba, the only port of Jordan at the crossroad of four countries. The construction of a new convention and exhibition center on the road between Amman and the airport will position Jordan as a destination for business and commerce in the region. It was also noted that a workshop, organized with the support of the delegation, to inform Jordanian companies on the regulations to be respected for exporting to the EU would be welcomed. This workshop could take place in the framework of a visit to Brussels and Luxembourg by a Jordanian delegation end of 2018 or in 2019.

In the framework of this Mission, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce arranged a meeting with H.E.M. Yarub Qudah, Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply. H.E.M. Qudah reiterated the importance of Jordan's strategic position for the reconstruction of Iraq as it is indeed possible to export from Jordan to Iraq without paying customs duties. Likewise, the logistical airport in Mafraq could be used as a platform.

A lunch with Minister Pierre Gramegna, present in Jordan for the EBRD governor’s meeting, and a reception hosted by H.E.M. Henrik van de Velde, Ambassador of Belgium to Jordan, concluded the visit in Amman.

The next two days were spent in Lebanon and mainly focused on B2B meetings for the participating companies. Mr. Fouad Trad, D.G of Byblos bank and member of the board of directors of the ABLCC, acted as representative of the ABLCC in the Economic Mission to Lebanon.

Opened, french-speaking, and with very active private operators, the Lebanese market is particularly welcoming European products. It constitutes a springboard to the region's markets as well as to Africa. According to Moody's forecasts, GDP in Lebanon is expected to grow by almost 3% in 2018. Lebanon has many strategic advantages, including its geographical proximity to Syria, compared to other countries. 

H.E.M. Alex Lenaerts, Ambassador of Belgium to Lebanon, organized a reception that gathered some 100 local businesspersons.

In both countries, Mrs.Nada Abdulrahim, Belgian Economic and Commercial attaché, organized with care tailor-made business meetings with local companies and institutions for the participating companies.

Participants were impressed by the high-level of innovation and the desire of cooperation of local companies and were highly satisfied with the outcomes of this Economic Mission. Both countries are indeed in search of expertise in diverse sectors: energy, environment, finance, logistics, construction and infrastructure.

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