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Briefing session in presence of HRH Princess Astrid


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In the framework of the Belgian Economic Mission to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates at the end of March, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, with the collaboration of the Regional Agencies for the promotion of foreign trade and investment (AWEX, Brussels Invest & Export, FIT), have organized, in the premises of BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, a briefing session in presence of HRH Princess Astrid, the Ambassadors of Qatar and the UAE, and Belgian participants to the Mission on 09 March, 2015.

After a welcome word by Mr. André Deltenre, Head of Cash Management & GTS Belgium at BNP Paribas Fortis, Mr. Marc Bogaerts, Director General of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, and the representatives of AWEX (Mrs. Pascale Delcomminette), Brussels Invest & Export (Mrs. Benedicte Wilders), FIT (Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts), and FPS Foreign Affairs (Mrs. Michèle Deneffe) introduced the Mission and briefly described the relations between the UAE, Qatar, and Belgium.

Afterwards, Mr. Sam Verdonck, Business Development Manager at CONMEC, delivered some "tips and tricks for doing business in Qatar and UAE". Likewise, Mr. Philippe Dessoy, Besix general manager for the Middle East, presented a testimonial covering more than 40 years of experience in Arab Gulf countries.

To bring to a close the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to establish contacts during a networking cocktail.