3rd edition, 2016



Multisectoral Economic Mission to the United Arab Emirates from the 11 to 17 February 2017

Mission UAE with HEM Peter de Crem | February 2017

New Members of the Chamber


6 rue des abattoirs, 6600 Bastogne

Veviba logo

The group Veviba is a food company with a national and international presence located in Belgium. It is 3 ultra-modern companies selling bovine meat produced in accordance with the very best traditions. Tradition guarantees the taste and technology guarantees the freshness. Quality and traceability are the two core values of this leading Belgian company.

The family has a strong presence in the meat industry since 1960.

The group Veviba offers retailers an exceptionally wide range of products: from ready-to-cut meats to prepare products: rump steaks, kebabs, hamburgers, carpaccio, and offals.

Contact: Mr. Diederik VERBIST, General Manager
Tel: +32 61 21 76 38
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Stadsbeemd 1037, 3545 Halen

NAQI logo

Naqi is a Belgian manufacturer of skin care products including medical skin care, diabetes skin care, scar & burnt treatment, massage & sport lotions.

Naqi has a clear mission: to develop and manufacture the best preventive and post curative skin care products in order to:

Naqi focuses on the market of primary health care, sports medicine and hospitals. Perfect skin does not exist, but its structure, feel and appearance can always be improved. Our challenge ?

Contact: Mrs. An De Bruyn, Executive Secretary Export Department
Tel: +32 13 460 190
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Hoegaardsesteenweg 77D, 3360 Opvelp

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East Gate Experts BVBA provides buiness developments services for Belgium and EU based companies interested in expanding their commercial operations to the middle east, with a special focus on GCC region and Iraq. EastgateX can be involved in different stages of the expansion operations providing market information, establishing sales channels, complete sales cycle from prospecting till contract closure and follow-up during implementation stages, as well as staffing. EastgateX operates closely with local partners in GCC region and Iraq in order to facilitate expansion tasks and provision of the necessary support and logistics.

EastgateX focus domains are industrial solutions related to the following industries; petrochemical, green energy, power plants, waste mamangment and open to assess other industrial solutions. Additionally, EastgateX works closely with the Bayard Partnership group, providing conusltancy services in the domains of change management, Interim Management,Program & Project Management, SME Advisory & Coaching Services, Enterprise Architecture & ICT System Design.

Contact: Mr. Omar Abed
Tel: +32 478690613
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Avenue Jean et Pierre Carsoel 115, 1180 Brussels


Oswell & Vahida was set up in 2006 by European law practitioners with many years of hands-on experience in large diversified international law firms.

As an independent boutique law firm, we are optimally positioned to meet both the diverse needs of business clients around the world and those of law firms without a permanent foothold in Brussels. We can successfully meet high expectations in quality of service, without the heavy fixed costs and administrative constraints endemic to most large law firms.

We count a wide range of clients, from industry leaders to small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. Our clients are active in air transport, telecommunications, manufacturing, energy, life science, financial services and other industries, and include national regulatory agencies and other public bodies.

As “lawyers’ lawyers”, we also maintain ongoing working relationships with major international law firms that have chosen not to open an office in Brussels. Oswell & Vahida delivers expert, business-oriented legal advice in a timely, flexible and cost-effective manner, providing a substitute to a Brussels office for international law firms.

Contact: Mr. George METAXAS, Partner
Tel: + 32 2 348 4813
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Economic News

Saudi Arabia: $60 Billion Investment Opportunities in Desalination

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Saudi Arabia is planning to create $60 billion worth of investment opportunities in the desalination sector in the coming five years.

Due to the Kingdom’s growing population and expanding industry, water consumption has exceeded 8 million m3 per day, and is expected to reach 20 million m3 per day by 2020.

These projects, which go along with the Saudi Vision 2030 to boost the Saudi economy, will encourage investment and partnership with the private sector in the water sector as well as foster the exchange of experience between public institutions and regional and international companies.

Jordan-EU Association Commitee Decision on Simplifying the Roo


Jordan has made an inventive proposal to the International community which was officially presented in London Conference on the 4th,Feb; The Jordan Compact which is a new holistic approach between Jordan and the International Community to deal with the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Under this Compact, Jordan offered to create new hopes and jobs for Syrians and Jordanians alike; to issue work permits to Syrians willing to work in Jordan , and to also allow them establish their own businesses in Jordan.

To implement this proposal, Jordan requested the EU to facilitate trade related issues especially the stringent rules of origin issues to enable products by Syrian refugees in Jordan to find new markets.

In response, the EU offered a 10 year period of facilitation of Rules of Origin (RoO), and a decision has been adopted by Jordan-EU Association Committee on the 19th of July 2016 to simplify the RoO.

In light of this, Jordan aims at attracting more investment from Europe and other regions as well. At the same time, the Government is working on attracting businesses to invest in with a view to supporting refugees' livelihoods through direct employment, which would give them the opportunity to live dignified lives and to maintain their skills up-to-date

The Suez Canal Economic Zone

image020The Suez Canal Zone represents a new chapter in the economic development of egypt. Created under Law no. 83 of 2002 and as amended in 2015, the Suez Canal Zone is governed by the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone: an autonomous body with executive powers of regulation and approval including the full authority to oversee all areas of operation, staffing, control over budgets, funding, development of partnerships with developers and business facilitation services.

The Suez Canal Zone will apply a new investor friendly business environment that will be a blueprint for future development nationally. There will be a genuine one stop shop with all critical elements deployed. Simple declarative investment registration systems with streamlined investment approvals, granting of import and export licenses as well as accelerated on-site customs inspection procedures will be available. Similarly, secondary permits and authorizations relating to land, building, labor, health and safety will be addressed directly by the Suez Canal Zone authority whose efficiency will be enhanced by partnerships with key stakeholders including government ministries, private sector representatives, be it developers or investors in the zone, or affected communities and community groups and certainly international development partners.

The Suez Canal Zone will not just help first-time investors; it will support companies to expand and grow more, and therefore create the thousands of jobs that will put egyptian people into productive work.

Qatar to spend QR46bn on major projects in 2017

Qatar expects its economy to grow 3.4% in 2017 and plans investment up to QR46bn in major infrastructure projects as part of strategy to achieve sustainable development and economic diversification, according to a top government official.

“Qatar is forecast to reach an annual growth rate of 3.4% in 2017, which is the highest forecast growth in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council),” Finance Minister HE Ali Sherif al-Emadi told Euromoney conference, quoting the estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Several measures, including efficiency enhancement in public spending, the financial sector growth and higher contribution of the private sector, would make Qatar achieve such a high growth, he said. He also highlighted that the non-oil sector achieved a growth rate of 5.8% this year, demonstrating the success of the country’s diversification strategy.

The finance minister stressed that the 2016 budget reinforces Qatar’s confidence for the future, with dedicated investment in healthcare, education and transportation – along with investment in infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – all likely to have a “positive” effect on the national economy.

World Airline Awards 2016

World Airline Awards 2016

Emirates was named the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards held at Farnborough Airshow. This is the fourth time Emirates has won this prize in the awards history. The airline also won the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 12th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways was second in the global ranking and won a range of top awards being named the World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class lounge and Best Airline Staff in the Middle East.

Etihad Airways was ranked No 6 worldwide and won three awards. The airline was named as having the World’s Best First Class cabin, Best First Class seat and Best First Class catering.

These three companies, which are among the world’s leading airlines, enjoy a growing success.

Gulf countries have a strategic geographic position allowing them easy access to Asia, Europe and even America. One third of the world’s population is within 4-hour flight from the gulf. It is thus an effective gateway between the continents.

TUNISIA 2020: a renewed impetus

image021The end of November / beginning of December has been a quite busy period for Tunisia.

On 29 and 30 November 2016, in Tunis, the International Conference in support of Tunisia’s economic, social and sustainable development, TUNISIA 2020, brought together international political decision-makers, investors and Tunisia’s economic partners.

The conference, which had pragmatic objectives, aimed at presenting the strategy, laid out in the 2016-2020 National Plan, and its numerous projects in key sectors designed to strengthen the economy as well as to support private investors in identifying the sectors and industries with strong growth potential in all regions across the country.

On 30 November 2016, President Beji Caid Essebsi headed to Belgium for a two-day official visit on the occasion of the first EU-Tunisia Summit. An official visit which falls in with the conference "Tunisia 2020" to revive the economy of the country.

Beji Caid Essebsi also took advantage of his visit to Brussels to meet with King Philippe of Belgium, which was a good opportunity to discuss bilateral ties and further reinforce the friendship and cooperation long enjoyed by Belgium and Tunisia. Indeed, Belgium is Tunisia's sixth largest partner and the fourth largest investor in the number of companies created.

Last but not least, Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Charles Michel, along with Mark Rutte and Xavier Bettel, respectively Prime Ministers of Netherlands and Luxembourg, conducted a working visit to Tunisia from 04 to 06 December. Messrs. Michel, Rutte and Bettel took this opportunity to meet with Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg investors active in Tunisia.

On Monday evening, H.E. Charles Michel took part to the delivery to the local authorities of a letter of intent which provides for the conversion of about three million euros of the Tunisian debt to Belgium in investment projects.

Tuesday, H.E Charles Michel paid a visit to the Bizerte military base. Indeed within the framework of the fight against terrorism, Belgium has provided various training programs for the Tunisian defense over the last two years. Tunisia is currently the second most important partner of the Belgian Defense Cooperation on the African continent.

Inauguration of the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce new office in Brussels

image022On 28th September, the Prime Minister Charles Michel inaugurated the new offices of the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce. In his speech, he underlined, in front of more than 100 invitees from Belgium and from abroad, the importance of Chambers of Commerce as the voice of businesses and as partners of the public authorities. The Prime Minister also seized this occasion to hand over the honorific decoration of the Commanderie de l’Ordre de la Couronne to John Stoop, Honorary President of the Federation, thus acknowledging his contribution to the economic interests of Belgium around the world. John Stoop has been President of the Federation for 10 years and, on 10th June, he passed the torch on to René Branders, President of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Brabant wallon.

The new offices of the Federation at Rue Belliard 2 are strategically located between the Belgian Parliament and the European Quarter.

H.E.M. Charles Michel on a working visit to Algeria

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On Tuesday 06 December 2016, Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Charles Michel, started a two-day visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, as part of bilateral efforts to boost cooperation between both countries in various fields.

This visit represented a good opportunity for both sides to strengthen bilateral relations and explore ways to further develop economic exchanges.


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Chamber News and Recent Activities

Exportbeurs: "Export to the Arab World: we put all our skills and know-how at your service"

27-29 June 2016


The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce was proud to take part to the premiere of the “Exportbeurs” of Flanders Investment & Trade, organized from 27 until 29 June 2016 at Tour&Taxis.

The Exportbeurs, which brought together all relevant experts for international business, represented an excellent opportunity to get an answer to all questions regarding international entrepreneurship, and to get in touch with all relevant stakeholders.

On this occasion, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce also held a workshop on "Export to the Arab World: we put all our skills and know-how at your service", on Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

This was a great occasion for the participants to learn more about how to do business with the Arab world and about all the services available to them. Our experts also provided advice about all practical steps that have to be taken.

The following speakers were on the agenda of the workshop:

You have missed this event and still want to learn more about doing business with Arab countries? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the ABLCC team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Doing Business with Arab Countries: Seeing beyond the horizon: a new economic vision for an innovative and dynamic Arab world

21 September 2016

Doing Business with the Arab CountriesFltr: Mrs. Evelien STAELENS, Mr. David BEECKX, H.E. Dr. Yousef BATAINEH, Mr. Joseph SOMERS, Mr. Qaisar HIJAZIN, Mr. Frank HAAK

For the seventh consecutive year, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce was delighted to welcome its members and friends in the beautiful premises of SGS in Antwerp to explore with them the potential offered by the Arab Market.

As highlighted by Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of the ABLCC, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the first launch of the “Doing Business with Arab Countries” seminar in 2009.

Conflicts, upheavals, low oil prices, refugee crisis… but also and above all the will of most Arab economies to unleash the potential of their markets through substantial measures aiming at diversifying their economies.

This year seminar held under the theme “Seeing beyond the horizon: a new economic vision for an innovative and dynamic Arab world” was thus a great opportunity for the participants to have an in-depth understanding of the complex realities that lie behind the various changes undergone by the Arab world.

This was done in a most comprehensive way, by giving the floor to experts such as, H.E. Dr. Yousef BATAINEH, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Belgium, who gave the attendees an objective analysis of the situation in Jordan and the wider Region.

Mr. David BEECKX, Senior Trade Finance Manager at BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV Belgium, presented the new digital trade finance product BPO (Bank Payment Obligation), a new payment method in international trade. Indeed, as our world is becoming ever more connected we have to be prepared for the world of tomorrow!

Doing Business with Arab CountriesFltr: Mr. Koen VAN PETEGHEM, Mr. Yaniss AICHE, Dr. Walter BUYDENS, Mrs. Evelien STAELENS

After a short break, everyone gathered again to take part to an interactive interview moderated by Mrs. Evelien STAELENS, Area Manager Middle East & North Africa at Flanders Investment and Trade, who skillfully guided the the managers of three international companies active in the Arab world (Mr. Koen VAN PETEGHEM, CG POWER SYSTEMS, General Manager EMEA/ Mr. Yaniss AICHE, SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON, Counsel EU Policy and EMEA Government Affairs/ Dr. Walter Buydens, VITO, CEO VITO Middle East)

Through this interview, one of this edition’s new concept, they shared their success stories along with their perspective on doing business with the Arab world. Their well-founded observations along with their sound advice have been highly appreciated by the attendees (Watch the full interview here).

After this interesting session, Mr. Guy CEUNEN, Commercial Manager Benelux at Qatar Airways, invited us, the time of a presentation, on a Qatar Airways flight to discover the “Rise and success of one of the fastest growing airlines in the world”.

Last but not least, Mr. Joseph Somers, Operation Manager at SGS Belgium, and host of the event, gave an overview of “Product Conformity in the Arab World (New legislation in Egypt, Lybia)”.

To bring this interesting seminar to a close, the participants were invited to relax and make acquaintances during a networking buffet in presence of Arab Economic Attachés.

In short, we can conclude that despite the recent transformations the Arab world, although it is not the easiest region, remains a rewarding place in more than one way. Just keep in mind the PPP rule: be Patient, Persevere, and keep the Prices attractive

Economic Mission to Tunisia

02-05 October 2016


Key Event

On 29-30 November 2016, the 2016-2020 Development Plan along with the new investment code of Tunisia, aiming at boosting the economic attractiveness of the country, will be presented officially during the International Conference "Tunisia 2020". This conference which is keenly awaited by investors represents a good occasion for Belgian Eutrepreneurs to learn more about investment opportunities in Tunisia!

On 02nd October 2016, a 25-member delegation comprising 15 Belgian companies from the Brussels-Capital Region and Wallonia landed in Tunis in the framework of an Economic Mission to the Tunisian Republic, organized in close cooperation with AWEX, BIE, and the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

This Economic Mission, presided over by H.E. Mrs. Cecile Jodogne, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of Foreign Trade, was an ideal occasion for Belgian and Luxembourgish entrepreneurs, specialized in the construction and infrastructure sectors, to get first-hand information about the Tunisian market thanks to information sessions and business visits. This was also a rich opportunity to exchange with potential partners through B2B meetings and networking events.


On the first day, During a visit to the Ministry of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Development, in presence of H.E. Mrs. Cecile Jodogne and H.E.M. Mohamed Salah Arfaoui, Tunisian Minister of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Development, the delegation could learn more about major development projects in Tunisia such as road construction and modernization projects, construction of social housing, as well as the construction of a new bridge over the Bizerte Canal. What is more, we have learned that with a population of around 11 million, the country faces a shortage of at least 50.000 new homes.

In the Afternoon, Mr. Rudolf Mecs, Managing Director of Studiotech Belgium, officially signed, in presence of His Excellency Michel Tilemans, Belgian Ambassador to Tunisia and Her Excellency Cécile Jodogne, a letter of intent and co-operation for leading edge, audiovisual equipment, with Mena Media Group, Tunisia.


On the second day of the Economic Mission, Mr. Pascal Bauwens, Director General of CFE-CTE, took the delegation around Tunis in order to visit their construction sites. The Group CFE-CTE is currently working on 17 construction sites and employs more or less 1000 workers. The successful experience of this Belgian company in Tunisia is the living proof that Tunisia offers interesting opportunities for Belgian-Tunisian collaboration.

To crown this interesting economic Mission, H.E.M. Michel Tilemans, who accompanied the delegation throughout the economic mission, hosted a cocktail reception on the last evening, which was a further opportunity to network.

Courtesy visit to the new Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom of Belgium

21 October 2016

image014H.E.M. Jasem Mohamed ALBUDAIWI, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom of Belgium and Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of the ABLCC

H.E.M. Jasem Mohamed ALBUDAIWI has been appointed as new Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom of Belgium.

On this occasion, Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency ALBUDAIWI on 21 October 2016. They both seized this opportunity to discuss ways of cooperation to strengthen trade, economic, as well as cultural relations between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Belgium.

His Excellency ALBUDAIWI has shown a genuine interest in giving a new impetus to bilateral relations and strenghten cooperation given the deep relationship between both countries as well as the many opportunities and positive economic developments offered by the State of Kuwait.

Indeed, the new five-year development plan 2015-2020 focuses on diversification to fuel Kuwaiti economy and project market. it sets up a series of initiatives to attract quality local and foreign investments, by creating the right investment environment, simplifying procedures, enabling a favorable legislative framework for the encouragement and protection of investment, and offering a host of incentives and exemptions, including allowing for a 100% foreign ownership.

In this vein, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce took part to the Kuwait Investment Forum organized by the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority on 08-09 March 2016 in Kuwait. Likewise, on 02 May 2016, Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, took part to the Ceremony marking the completion of the masterplan project for Q8Oils Blending Plant Antwerp.

Business Breakfast: Bahrain Businesswomen Society

09 November 2016

Business breakfast : Bahrain Businesswomen Society

The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce welcomed a delegation from the Bahrain Businesswomen's Society (BBWS) and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). The Delegation was headed by Mrs. Feryal Abdulla Nass, President of BBWS, along with Ms. Afnan Al Zayani and Ms. Ahlam Janahi, from BCCI, and consisted of ten businesswomen representing various economic sectors (e.g. health, logistics, furniture, etc.).

On this occasion, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Brussels, a business breakfast attended by a number of Belgian businesswomen and businessmen, regional commercial agencies, representatives from the European Parliament, and members of the Arab diplomatic corps in Brussels.

This business breakfast was a great opportunity to explore cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as to promote Investment opportunities in Bahrain.

After a welcoming address by the Secretary General of the ABLCC, H.E. Dr. Bahiya Jawad ALJISHI, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, called for the need to strengthen relations, at all levels, between both countries and expressed full readiness to cooperate with all parties and to make every effort to reach this goal. Her Excellency also put forward the need to organize meetings and visits between both countries with a view to serve their common interests, and to take advantage of the business opportunities, the business-friendly climate, and the various incentives offered to foreign investors.

Business Breakfast: Bahrain Businesswomen Society

Mrs. Feryal Abdulla Nass, President of BBWS, highlighted the key role of Bahraini women at all levels of society, be it in the economic, cultural, social, artistic or political field. The Bahrain Businesswomen Society, founded in 2000 by a group of businesswomen, fosters the empowerment of women locally and globally and recognizes that women play a crucial in the development and sustainable success of societies and economies.

Mrs. Afnan Al Zayani, member of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called attention to the leading role played by women in their Chamber of Commerce and pointed up the fact that members of the Board of Directors were elected and not appointed members, which shows the confidence in the role of women in the Bahraini society.

The participants learned more about Business Friendly Bahrain thanks to a film presentation by the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

The Belgian association “Femmes Chefs d’Enterprise”, represented by Mrs. Murielle Eyletters, President Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise, as well as by 4 other businesswomen, played an active part in the Business breakfast organized by the ABLCC. This was a great occasion for all of them to discuss opportunities and to build mutually beneficial business relationships. It has been agreed to sign an agreement of understanding and cooperation between both parties before the end of this year in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce is delighted with the positive outcome of this event and wishes all of them the best of success!

Lunch-Conference with H.E.M. Didier Reynders as guest speaker

17 November 2016

Lunch-Conference with H.E.M. Didier Reynders as guest speaker

As is the custom, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce has brought together its board members, Arab Ambassadors accredited in Belgium and Luxembourg, and its members, for a lunch-conference in hotel Steigenberger, on the occasion of its meeting of the Board of Directors on 17 November 2016.

This year, the ABLCC has had the honour to welcome H.E.M. Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, as its guest speaker.

In his welcome speech, Mr. Johan Beerlant, Chairman of the ABLCC, thanked His Excellency Reynders for his readiness to respond to the Chamber’s requests and for his continual support.

Your Excellency, your presence here today proves your strong engagement vis à vis Belgian-Arab relations and the recognition of our efforts to create valuable ties between our various economies and people.

Mr. Johan Beerlandt

He also expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the Arab Diplomatic Corps in Belgium and Luxembourg, whose continued support is essential to pursue the mission of the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and ensure the success of its events.

Lunch-Conference with H.E.M. Didier Reynders as guest speaker

H.E.M. Didier Reynders then took the floor and elaborated on "the challenges and perspectives of Belgian and European relations with the Arab World”.

His Excellency Reynders condemned the heinous attacks that hit Belgium in March 2016 and reminded that it was an attack on the international community as 20 different nationalities were among the victims.

H.E. Mr. Reynders called for stronger international cooperation in order to build inclusive societies with an economic growth benefitting all.

The Arab world and Europe have to cooperate to face the current challenges and turn them into opportunities.

HEM Didier Reynders

He Highlighted the fact that many Arab countries have implemented reforms to enhance development opportunities, adding that “the EU intends to strengthen its support and mobilize the available instruments to assist those countries. Belgium fully subscribes to this approach”.

As a conclusion, H.E. Mr. Reynders said that, in this changing world with many crises and plenty of uncertainties, multiple challenges are lying ahead and that the way forward does not lie in isolation or in confrontation but rather in collaboration.

We thank all the participants for coming in such a large number and for their continuing trust and support!

Moroccan Business men and women visit Brussels

24 November 2016


The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce has had the pleasure to welcome a delegation of business men and women from the Moroccan-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce on 24 November 2016.

On this occasion, the ABLCC organized, in cooperation with BIE, AWEX, and CBL-ACP, a B2B Business Networking where participants had the opportunity to meet the members of the delegation.

More than 30 participants responded to the invitation and showed a genuine interest for the Moroccan Delegation. All the participants, Belgian and Moroccan, took advantage of the expertise and experience of our speakers to explore new opportunities on the Moroccan Market and to learn more about the Belgian potential!

Indeed, after a welcome word by Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, Mr. Ghislain Breydel, Area Manager Export Middle East and North Africa, Brussels Invest & Export (BIE), gave a presentation on “Why invest in the region of Brussels-Capital”.

This was followed by a presentation “Invest in Wallonia” by Mr. Patrice Legrelle, Senior Business Development Manager Africa & Middle East, Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX).

Mrs. Nour Badrawi, Director of the Moroccan-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, gave a brief outline of the Chamber’s activities before leaving the floor to Mrs Meryem Zougarh, Economic Counselor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Belgium, who gave a comprehensive presentation entitled “Morocco, a springboard into Africa».

Among other things, Mrs. Zougarh underlined the fact that morocco has set out strategic goals to modernize key sectors of the Moroccan economy, to develop a skilled labor force thanks to trainings that meet the various company needs, to improve the business climate, and to position itself as a gateway into Africa for foreign investors.

The participants from both sides also had the chance to present their products and/or services in more detail and to meet potential cooperation/business partners during the networking lunch that brought the event to a close.


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Upcoming Events

Multisectoral Economic Mission to the United Arab Emirates from the 11 to 17 February 2017

Mission UAE with HEM Peter de Crem | February 2017

Where? United Arab Emirates
When? 11-17 February

The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, with the support of FIT, BIE, AWEX, the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce, the Embassy of Belgium in the UAE, and the Embassy of the UAE in Belgium, has the pleasure to invite you to its Multisectoral Economic Mission to the United Arab Emirates from the 11 to 17 February 2017.

This Mission, which will be presided over by H.E.M. Pieter de Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, will focus on Abu Dhabi and Dubai but also on less explored Emirates such as Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaima and Fujairah - less known than Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but offering a real potential for SMEs.

The UAE, which is the second largest economy in the GCC, is a very fertile and attractive consumer market with a growing, diversified economy, in addition to a political and economic stability.

Benefits for Belgian businesses include among others:

This Economic Mission will constitute a unique opportunity to get introduced to niche markets, as well as to meet with local entrepreneurs and Government Officials. What is more, local Economic Attachés will take care to organize your appointments and arrange your programme personally!

Hoping to see your company represented within our Delegation to the UAE!

For more information
Kindly contact: Mrs. Sonia Devergnies, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02/344 82 04

To express your interest in participating in this Economic Mission clik here



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Fairs, Conferences and Exhibitions


Dubai (UAE) – 22-24 January 2017
More information: www.intersecexpo.com
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Kuwait Aviation Show

Kuwait City (Kuwait) – 23-26 January 2017
More information: http://www.cgcc.org.hk/bnews/U160708035305.pdf

Arab Health

Dubai (UAE) – 30 January-02 February 2017
More information: www.arabhealthonline.com
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Cairo (Egypt) – 02-05 February 2017
More information: www.furnexegypt.com
Learn more: FURNEX- Foire Internationale du Meuble.docx
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3rd Annual Future Landscape & Public Realm UAE

Abu Dhabi (UAE) – 06-07 February 2017
More information: www.futurelandscapeuae.com
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Project Egypt

Cairo (Egypt) – 08-11 February 2017
More information: www.project-egypt.com
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Solar Middle East

Dubai (UAE) – 14 -16 February 2017
More information: www.solarmiddleeast.ae
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Dubai (UAE) – 07-08 March 2017
More information: www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/cargo-show-mena/index.stm
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The big 5 SAUDI

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – 27-30 March 2017
More information: www.thebig5saudi.com


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Business Proposals

Rovana and Bashayer export Consortium

We have the pleasure to introduce Rovana & Bashayer Export, an Egyptian consortium producing a large range of fresh herbs.

The Consortium produces natural herbs, spices and agricultural products with high quality and safe specifications for human health. They contribute in the promotion of Egyptian products in international markets with focus on Human element.

For further information, please find below the contact details of the company:

Mr Mohamed Wessam Ragaei
International Trading Consultant
Rovana & Bashayer Export Consortiums
Mobile: +20-122-3235441
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www.rovanaeg.com & www.bashayer-herbs.com

Egyptian company based in Cairo looking for a Belgian partner

Stone Land for Marble and Granite, an Egyptian Company based in Cairo, is looking for a partner to enable the obtainment of a land from the State and to finance the extraction and manufacturing of Marble and Granite.

For more information, please find below the contact details of the Company:

Stone Land Company
CEO: Mohamed Abod Ibrahim
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 002-01155124600- 002-01006084347


Invitation for Expression of Interest, EOI

Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy
New and Renewable Energy Authority

Through Co-operation between New and Renewable Energy Authority, NREA, and Agence Française de Développement, AFD. NREA invites experienced EPC contractors to express their interest to install a 20 MW photovoltaic grid-connected power plant at Kom-Ombo, Aswan Governorate, Egypt. EOI will follow AFD procurement guidelines. The deadline for submission is Dec 15, 2016, 12:00 pm Cairo meantime.

The request for EOI could be downloaded too from the following website:www.tenders.afd.dgmarket.com

For further clarifications please contact:
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