Bucharest, 25 October 2023 – BEROCC, the Belgian-Luxembourg-Romanian-Moldovan Chamber of Commerce, together with VOKA West Flanders hosted a successful trade mission to Belgium during 18-20 October 2023. The event, which focused on the agriculture and food industry, brought together over 40 participants, including 22 Romanian participants.
The trade mission kicked off with a welcome ceremony featuring speeches from:
Following the welcome words , participants engaged in a series of B2B meetings, presentations, and company visits. Presentations covered a range of topics, including taxes in Romania, using data and analytics to enhance commercial strategy, choosing the right partner for quality certifications, and automating business processes. Company visits included Sioen, a leading producer of technical textiles and protective clothing, INAGRO, a research center for agriculture and horticulture, Joris Ide, a leading manufacturer in the steel industry and Sidem, a leading manufacturer in auto parts.
The trade mission also featured a networking drink in Roeselare, a Belgian city with a large Romanian community, over 3,000 Romanians live and work here. The drink was attended by over 20 participants and featured a special guest appearance by Kris Declercq, the Mayor of Roeselare.
Johan Gabriels, President of BEROCC: “We are thrilled with the success of our trade mission to Belgium. This event provided an excellent opportunity for Romanian and Belgian businesses to connect, collaborate, and explore new opportunities. We are confident that the relationships forged during this mission will lead to increased trade and investment between our two countries.”
Alain Schodts, Executive Director of BEROCC: “We were particularly excited to see the interest from Romanian businesses to invest in the Flanders region of Belgium. Flanders is a global leader in the agriculture and food industry, and we believe that Romanian businesses can find great success here. We are committed to supporting Romanian businesses that are interested in expanding into the Belgian market.”
Positive Remarks from Participants
Organizers: Belgian-Luxembourg-Romanian-Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and VOKA West Flanders
Event Partners: Embassy of Belgium to Bucharest, Embassy of Romania to Belgium, Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), Belgian Luxembourg Chambers of Commerce Abroad (BLCCA)
Main Sponsor: INAQ Consulting
Silver Sponsor: Samdam
Media Partners: Business Voice Romania, Transilvania Business
Trade Mission to Belgium perspectives for 2024: BEROCC has announced that it will be hosting another trade mission to Belgium in 2024. The next trade mission is expected to focus on a different industry sector, but the specific details are still being finalized.