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On 3 October 2017, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) signed 17 structural collaboration agreements with business organizations, mixed chambers of commerce and clusters, during an official ceremony at the Hotel Errera in Brussels. Not only will these partnerships give additional impetus to the internationalization of Flanders-based companies, they also aim to attract an increasing number of investments to the region. The agreements were formally signed in the presence of Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of FIT, and Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders.

​Running from Monday, 19 June to Sunday, 25 June 2017 at Le Bourget airport, the ‘Paris Air Show’ is by far the largest and most important aerospace exhibition in the world. Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), with partners FLAG (external link), AWEX (external link) and Skywin (external link), has put together the ‘Belgian Aerospace’ pavilion at the show. http://awex.be/

From 10 to 17 June, a delegation of more than 250 managers and representatives from Belgian knowledge institutions visits South Korea for an important economic mission. Princess Astrid of Belgium leads the mission and Philippe Muyters, Flanders’ Minister for Economy and Innovation, heads the delegation from Flanders.

This 15th edition of the Export Lion awards have been won by Aucxis of Stekene, East Flanders, a small company in the highly specialised field of auction and sales systems, and by MediaGeniX of Groot-Bijgaarden, which makes broadcast management software. The awards are given out annually by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) to companies that have shown strong export performance.

On 10 May, Flanders’ Minister-President Geert Bourgeois opened a new office of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The representation will operate in the entire Baltic region and cover not only Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia as well. The region’s strategic position is of paramount importance in opening an office abroad at this precise location.

In 2015, Flemish exports were worth over 300 billion euro, the highest value ever, according to a first analysis by Flanders Investment & Trade of the import and export figures supplied by the Institute of National Accounts within the National Bank of Belgium. 

Flanders’ Minister-President Geert Bourgeois leads a Flemish economic mission to India from 24 to 28 April. It is the largest economic mission ever: no less than 84 participants will explore commercial opportunities in Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. In total, 55 Flemish companies and sector federations have registered.  Flanders Investment & Trade organises the mission.

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