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Strategy and objectives

The missions team will see in 2018 the arrival of two new employees, in anticipation of the retirements coming up in the coming years. We hope that the infusion of this new blood will energise the team even further.

The FPS Foreign Affairs entrusted the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) with the logistical organisation of two State Visits in 2018: Canada from 11 to 17 March 2018, and Portugal from 22 to 24 October. Specific budgets were allocated to the BFTA for these two Visits.

Two Princely Missions presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, will also be organised. The first will take place in Argentina-Uruguay from 23 to 30 June 2018; the second in Morocco from 26 to 30 November 2018. The latter mission should attract a very large number of participants according to the organisers’ estimates.

The OBOC Department will continue to promote the Trade4U platform and its main objective will be to even more effectively meet subscribers’ expectations. The entire Centre will be given a new focus and encouraged to work in a more targeted and efficient manner. The implementation of a new internal management platform during the course of the year should also optimise processes.

In addition to economic studies, two sectoral publications are planned: one on the aerospace sector and the other on industry 4.0.

The Statistics Department will pursue the semi-automation of bilateral notes in both French and Dutch. Following their automation, all 235 trade sheets will be updated monthly and available online on the site from January 2018, which constitutes an improved service for clients.

Source: 2017 Activity report, Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Date of publication: May 2018