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From the year 1990, as a result of its constitutional reforms for building a federation, Belgium embarked on regionalization approaches as regards foreign trade competences. Before this, the Belgian Office for Foreign Trade (OBCE) was the biggest institution in Belgium in charge of promoting its international trade. Afterwards, a Walloon agency (AWEX), as well as a Flemish one (FIT) and another from Brussels (Brussels Invest & Export) were created. At the international level, there is still the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA), but this institution only assumes limited functions of national representation and coordination of regional actions.

    • The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) handles the general coordination of joint economic missions presided by HRH Princess Astrid. The Princess recently succeeded to her brother HRH Prince Philippe following the enthronement of the latter on the 21th of July 2013.

    • The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation strives to promote and defend the interests of Belgium and of all Belgian citizens operating abroad.

    • Honorary Consuls aim at promoting relationships between Belgian and Chilean corporations, as well as supporting close ties with the Chilean community established in the Region for which a specific Honorary Consul is responsible. They work closely with the Embassy, Consulate and the Chamber of Commerce, to which they are active members.

    • The FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium) is the only inter-professional organization that brings together employers coming from the three Administrative Regions of Belgium. The FEB accounts for more than 50,000 companies, which corresponds to around 80% of the employment in the private sector.

    • Healthcare Belgium is an organization that was created by the biggest hospital complexes in Belgium in order to offer numerous partnerships opportunities at different levels to all players active in the health sector. In the way, Healthcare Belgium has signed many international agreements targeting a certain level of collaboration between Ministries of Health,

    • Brussels Invest & Export is the service of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region specialized in foreign trade and investments. On the one hand, Brussels Invest & Export delivers services aimed at fostering Brussels exports.

    • BECI (Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry) constitutes the Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Enterprises of Brussels. It represents thousands of Brussels companies, ensuring them that their interests are defended and offering them a wide range of services that facilitates their day-to-day management.

    • Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) deals with international relations of Wallonia and Brussels. It is the international policy instrument led by Wallonia, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the French Community Commission of the Wallonia-Brussels Region. WBI supports entrepreneurs from Wallonia and Brussels within the framework of agreements clinched with 70 countries and regions.

    • Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX) is the department of the Walloon Region dealing with the promotion of foreign trade and with the attraction and welcoming of foreign investors. The AWEX has developed a range of assistance tools aimed at supporting Walloon entrepreneurs in their export projects.

    • There are different Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI) established in all Walloon Provinces whose mission is to unite, to promote and to contribute to the development of companies located in the region concerned.  In this way, the core business of those CCI  is to advise and to support those companies, notably in terms of international trade.

    • The Walloon Union of Enterprises (UWE) is a private organization whose mission is to promote and to support firms as those drive economic and social welfare in the Region. It is the official spokesman of industrial, commercial and service enterprises established in Wallonia, whatever their sizes. The UWE promotes a strong employers’ world and values complementarities between different organizations through a partnership with the Union of the Middle Classes and close collaborations with other professional federations and with all Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    • The BEP, which is the Agency for sustainable economic development in the Province of Namur, aims at being a model of a proactive public company in the Namur area. BEP’s Economic Development department supports projects leaders and growing companies of the Namur Province offering them personalized assistance in their innovation an internationalization approach.

    • The mission of the Agency in charge of Economic and Environmental Development in the Hainaut Province is to be a valuable partner in the service of sustainable territorial development. One of the organization’s tasks is to support self-employed workers and companies directors of the Hainaut in the development of their activities at the international level. Thus, the « internationalization» cell raises SMEs’ awareness of the stakes involved by international trade and manages them in the setting up business relations with foreign partners.

    • The Agency for Economic Development in the Province of Liege manages about a hundred associates to position its territory as a sustainable, attractive and renowned pool of life. One of the organization’s tasks is to support firms of the Province in their external trade activities. Furthermore, the SPI proposes exclusive B2B meetings in the Liege region that allow taking part firms to widen their horizons. That’s why their team is committed to supervising the most innovative initiatives.

    • BioWin, the acronym of Biotechnologies, Wallonia and Innovation, is the Walloon competitiveness pole specialised in health issues. Its role is to federate all Walloon players involved in innovative projects and/or trainings in connection with biotechnologies and health. One of the BioWin pole’s vocation is to help its member to become international.

    • Flanders Investment & Trade is the Flemish Agency that handles international trade. It promotes Flanders as an investing area for international corporations in order to foster those to establish in the region.  In addition to that, it supports Flemish companies in their approach of international development. Those companies, whatever their nationalities, can benefit from FIT’s thorough expertise and from a wide network of national and international partners.

    • The Flanders International Technical Agency is an organization created by Flemish authorities with a view to promoting Flanders’ advantages in terms of knowledge and technical capacities. FITA focuses on key business sectors such as infrastructures and equipments, mobility and logistics or also environmental protection. Furthermore, FITA tries to foster the participation of Flemish companies in foreign investments in those sectors by offering them a technical assistance as well as a logistic and administrative support.

    • VOKA is the Flemish Network of Enterprises. It includes more than 18,000 companies in Flanders and in Brussels, accounting for 66% of Flanders’ value-added. As the most influential network of entrepreneurs and organizations in Flanders, VOKA aims at creating a suitable framework that favours entrepreneurship in order to contribute to the welfare and prosperity of the Flemish Region. VOKA was creating following the merger between the VEV (Flemish Economic Trade Unions) and the eight Flemish Chambers of Commerce.

    • UNIZO states for Union of Self-Employed Workers. It is the main organization backing up self-employed workers, entrepreneurs and SMEs in Flanders and in Brussels. UNIZO’s first mission is to defend entrepreneurs’ interests by providing them with pieces of information and advice, and by networking them with a wide number of professional contacts. Within the organization, “UNIZO International” department has responsibility for fostering international trade activities of Flemish activities and their participation in major European or international projects.

    • Flemish People in the World (Vlamingen in de Wereld - ViW) is an active network of Flemish nationals living all over the globe. ViW’s first goal is to establish and maintain close ties between Flanders and all Flemish people emigrated in Europe and on all others continents, whatever they are emigrants or expatriates.  The idea is to set up useful links between Flemish nationals at the economic, cultural, social and human level, while conveying a good image of Flanders oversees.

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ProChile is the institution of the Foreign Ministry in charge of promoting exports and imports of products and services of all the country. Moreover, it encourages promotion and attraction of foreign investments as well as tourism development.
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