Agoria is Belgium's largest employers' organisation and trade association representing more than 1,700 members active in the technology industry in Belgium. Agoria’s member companies supply goods and provide services for many international projects abroad: equipment for large-scale infrastructure works, oil, gas and petrochemical plants, international sports events, environmental infrastructure, construction, renewable energy, ICT solutions for the financial sector, equipment & services for the medical and paramedical sectors, textile machinery, etc.
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The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) is a Public, Private Cooperation, officially representing and coordinating the Antwerp diamond sector. Its mission is twofold: strengthening Antwerp's position as the world's primary diamond trading centre and strengthening the image of diamonds to a general audience. AWDC does this through Diamond Office, where it streamline the vast import and export flow of diamonds in and out of Antwerp and through a wide variety of dedicated marketing campaigns, services, conferences, trade fairs, economic missions and much more…
Cleantech Flanders brings together the Flemish cleantech companies and supporting players in a robust Flemish Cleantech Cluster, pursuing maximum standing abroad in influential networks, new markets, potential investors and cleantech innovation projects.
Delcredere-Ducroire is the Belgian public credit insurer with a mission to promote international economic relations. Delcredere-Ducroire insures companies and banks against political and commercial risks relating to international commercial transactions, mainly regarding capital goods and industrial projects, as well as contracted works and services. For these risks, Delcredere-Ducroire can also work alongside banks through risk sharing schemes. Delcredere-Ducroire also insures against political risks relating to foreign direct investments.
essenscia represents and brings together 800 companies in Belgium’s chemical, plastics and life sciences industry. With turnover of 61 billion euros and 90,000 direct employees, the sector represents 1/5 of the entire Belgian manufacturing industry. The sector exports 80% of its production and generates a trade surplus of 24 billion euros, thus contributing to the vigour of the Belgian economy. The sector is also very innovative with nearly 2.75 billion euros R&D-expenditures every year.
The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation manages Belgium’s foreign relations. Belgium’s Foreign Affairs network is comprised of 140 embassies, consulates and representations throughout the world. As an organisation with solid and long-standing experience in foreign relations, it channels its expertise into actions geared towards the following objectives: defending Belgian interests abroad, promoting a stable, fair, and thriving world community based on solidarity and combating global poverty by coordinating a highlevel of cooperation.
Fedustria represents the companies of the textile, woodworking & furniture industry in Belgium. Fedustria defend their interests and offer them a wide range of specialized services and business leads. Fedustria inform the companies about the most recent evolutions of different topics that may concern them via different means online (extranet, social media, e-mailings, etc.) and offline (members’ magazine, seminars, formation sessions, network meetings, etc).
FEVIA represents all companies and industry associations active in the production of food and beverages. FEVIA counts more than 500 member companies including both large companies and SMEs, from local craft tradition to high volume production. FEVIA defends the interests of the food industry at horizontal level and acts as interlocutor for political and socio-economic institutions.
Flanders DC is the Flemish organisation for entrepreneurial creativity. Its mission is to make entrepreneurial Flanders more creative and Creative Flanders more entrepreneurial. Flanders DC does research on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and creative industries. They sets up events, develop tools and bring people together.
The Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs helps shape the international policy of the Government of Flanders and mobilises all relevant partners to that end. In doing so, the Department helps to build an open, dynamic and solidary Flanders, which dedicates itself to a democratic, safe and prospering global society.
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. They encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to a favourable business climate. By being a one-stop-shop, they build a bridge towards stronger entrepreneurship.
Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) is a non-profit organisation promoting the sale, the added value, the consumption and the image of products and services of the Flemish agriculture, horticulture, fishery and agro-alimentary sector in Belgium and abroad. It is commissioned by the business community and by the Flemish government and cooperates actively with as many links in the food chain as possible.
hub.brussels is a large-scale public agency for business support that offers a wide array of free advice, services and tools to ensure the success of entrepreneurial projects. The agency supports entrepreneurs, startups, scaleups, SMEs and even big companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, universities and research centers with challenges ranging from setting up a legal entity to finding partners and the right funding sources. hub.brussels works hard to make entrepreneurship accessible to people in Brussels, and to create an urban economy capable of supporting innovation, internationalization and socio-economic impact.
PMV is an independent investment company that invests in the economic fabric of Flanders. The company acts as entrepreneur and market producer. It also provides financial levers if the market needs support and the necessary private initiatives are not forthcoming. PMV collaborates with private partners via funds and public-private partnerships. Particular emphasis is placed on sustainable energy, biotech, cleantech, life sciences and infrastructure for the future. PMV manages a portfolio of EUR 900 million in assets. PMV also undertakes commissions on behalf of the Flemish Region.
UNIZO, the Organisation for Independent Entrepreneurs and SMEs, is a non-profit and interprofessional employers’ organization and social partner. With 125 cooperating professional sectorial organizations and over 85,000 members, UNIZO is the largest organization for entrepreneurs in Flanders and Brussels. The main activities of UNIZO are defending the interests of the entrepreneurs, providing information and advice and stimulating networking. UNIZO International is responsible for stimulating international trade of Flemish SMEs and cooperation in European and international projects. UNIZO is a member of UEAPME, the European SME organisation.
Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the most representative employers' organization in Flanders. It represents over 18.000 companies in Flanders and Brussels. Thus it represents 65% of the private employment and 66% of the added value in Flanders. Voka was founded in January 2004, when the Vlaams Economisch Verbond and the eight regional chambers of commerce decided to form an alliance. Since 2008, Voka collaborates with 29 sector associations, which strengthens the field of employers' organizations even more.
The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX) is the governmental agency of the Walloon Region of Belgium in charge of promoting foreign trade and attracting foreign investment. As an export partner for Wallonia-based companies, AWEX provides a wide range of export-oriented services (market surveys, organisation of trade missions, participation in trade shows, export incentives, etc.). As a foreign investment agency, AWEX is the one-stop shop for foreign investors interested in investing in Wallonia.