In many ways, 2019 will be a year of renewal for the Agency. Aside from major changes at the team level, various projects and updates will be carried out.
At the request of the FPS Foreign Affairs, the BFTA will once again contribute to the logistical organisation of the two State Visits scheduled for 2019: South Korea between 24 and 28 March 2019 and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg between 15 and 17 October 2019. Specific budgets will be allocated to the BFTA for these visits.
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, will preside over two joint economic missions in 2019. After the first mission to Mexico between 16 and 24 February 2019, the Belgian delegation will travel to China between 16 and 22 November 2019. As usual, the mission to China is likely to attract a large number of participants.
The www.belgianeconomicmission.be website will be upgraded both technically and in terms of its look and feel, bringing it fully up to date. At the same time, the mobile app of the Princely missions will be fully redeveloped with technical support from Belfius. The new version will not only be much more modern; it will also be more interactive. These updates will be officially launched during the mission to Mexico.
The Trade4U app will also receive a much-needed refresh, as part of which it will be made GDPR-proof. This will offer the OBOC team the opportunity to breathe new life into its services.
The traditional economic studies will be published as part of the missions over the course of the year, as will a sectoral publication on Industry 4.0 and a revised and updated version of the study on biotechnology.
Our Statistics department will be partially automating its bilateral notes on foreign trade, which will improve the team’s responsiveness towards clients.
Source: 2018 Activity report, Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Date of publication: May 2019