On 22 March, on behalf of the Government of Flanders, Minister-president Geert Bourgeois offered his deepest condolences to the victims of the attacks in Brussels and Zaventem and their relatives.
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On 24 February, Japanese chemical company Nippon Shokubai was awarded the Investment of the Year Trophy at the fourth Foreign Investment Trophy event organized by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). The award is aimed at promoting and encouraging sustainable foreign investments in Flanders to strengthen the economic position and prospects of the region.
On 24 February, Swedish company Volvo Cars, owned by Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010, was announced winner of the third Lifetime Achievement Trophy. The Lifetime Achievement Trophy event is designed by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) to reward foreign investors for their ongoing commitment to the Flanders region.
In 2015, we recorded 227 new investment projects in Flanders for an investment amount of EUR 2.7 billion, creating 4,352 jobs.
The goals of the first Flanders International Economic Summit (#FIES16), which took place in the Parliament of Flanders today (Monday, 25 January), were to promote Flanders even more enthusiastically on the international stage, and to offer still greater support to businesses to encourage them to adopt an international course or to expand their operations in Flanders.