Belgium-Wallonia, a gateway to the EU market | September 2019

Date: 24/09/2019
Time: 8:30 - 12:45
Borough: Manchester
Contact Name: Pauline Puig
Contact Email:
Contact Telephone: 0161 393 4350

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Embassy of Belgium, is organising a “Belgium-Wallonia, a gateway to the EU market” event on 24th September 2019.

Why invest in Wallonia?

  • Infrastructure: Wallonia is home to an impressive network of infrastructure, with the 8th largest cargo airport in Europe (Liège), the 4th densest railway network in the world and the 1st densest road network in the world according to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016 – allowing your business to be in the heart of Europe and to have access to over 500 million consumers on your doorstep!
  • Workforce: With ¼ of people of working age having at least one higher degree diploma, Belgium has one of the most qualified workforces in the world along with a high level of multilingualism. Productivity is also among the highest in Europe, ahead of Germany, France and the UK.
  • Innovative: Wallonia has set up many initiatives to support companies with their innovation projects. In 2017, Belgium was said to be the third most innovative country in the world behing Switzerland and Singapore.
  • According to Allianz Global Wealth Report, Belgium is the 6th richest country in the world and the 7th most attractive region for foreign investment.

Wallonia is one of the most attractive regions for businesses in Europe. Recently, companies such as Google, Microsoft, H&M or GSK bio have expanded there.

Join us on this morning event to find out more about how your business could benefit from investing in Belgium-Wallonia:


8:30 – 9:00: Registration, Networking & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:20: Welcome words (Susana Cordoba, Head of International Trade, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce)

9:10 – 9:30: Get to know Belgium – Wallonia (Maxime Couvreur, Trade & Investment Counsellor, AWEX)

9:30 – 9:45: Good reasons to invest in Wallonia AWEX (Alphi Cartuyvels, Head of European and North America Investments, AWEX)

9:45 – 10:00: Belgium’s attractive tax regimes for foreign investors (Nicolas Honon, Tax expert, Federal Public Service Finance)

10:00 – 10:15: Value proposition of the Customs & Excise in Wallonia (Nicolas Honon, Tax expert, Federal Public Service Finance)

10:15 – 10:30: Belgium-Wallonia a gateway to the Single Market (Franck Toussaint, Supply Chain Expert, AWEX)

10:30 – 10:45: Case Study (TBC)

10:45 – 11:00: Q&A with all speakers

11:00 – 11:15: Final remarks & Networking

11:15 – 12:45: One-to-one meetings

*This agenda may be subject to change without prior notice.

One-to-one meetings

All speakers available for 121 - Please select the expert and the time of the meeting in your registration form.

Who should attend this event?

Companies who are looking to expand to Continental Europe. Please note that exporters and companies interested in expansion will be given priority over service providers.

Service provider’s registrations will be confirmed a week before the event.

Costs: This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Cancellation Terms

In case you are no longer able to attend this event, please note you must cancel your place at least 5 working days before the event. The cancellation must be in writing and sent to indicating the event you are cancelling for and delegate(s) details. Failure to do so will incur in a cancellation fee as follows: £10+VAT for members and £15+VAT for non-members.


Registration is subject to availability and registration details will be shared with event's partners.

Please note: There may be photographs taken at our events that will be used for marketing purposes and on our social media channels. If you do not wish to appear in any of our marketing materials or on our social media channels, please inform a member of the Chamber team at the start of the event.

Registration deadline: 20/09/2019

NON MEMBERS £0.00 Excluding VAT
MEMBERS £0.00 Excluding VAT