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JOINING FORCES, ITWORKSSINCE 1802.Get to know our Chamber ofCommerce and Industry
THE REGIONFacts & figures
• Supported by stronginfrastructure• Excellent workforcebilingual capacity• Where businesses takepride in quality• Directl...
Distance AntwerpAmsterdam 161 kmLondon 337 kmParis 340 kmBerlin 723 kmFLANDERS AND ANTWERP
TRAVELING TIMES TO/FROM
KEY FIGURES FOR FLANDERSFlanders80 %Wallonia18 %Brussels2 %Flemish Share of Belgianexports• Population: 6.1 million (58 %)...
UNIQUE LOCATION AT EUROPEANCROSSROADS• 60% European buying power within 500 km radius• In the middle of Europe’s most impo...
IMPORTANCE OF FOREIGN TRADE FLANDERS• Export ratio GDP 101 %• No. 9 export region in theworld• Accounts for 3.11 % ofworld...
THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =KEY DRIVER OF THE FLEMISH ECONOMYSeaportWholesalescenterdiamondsPetrochemicalhub
MAJOR ECONOMIC ENGINE• Antwerp GDP = about 60 € BILLION / about 17 % of Belgiantotal• GDP / capita = 34 % higher than EU a...
THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• 2nd largest in Europe/ 3rd Europeancontainer Port• Largest ...
THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• 80 % of the world trade in roughdiamonds• 1500 HQ of diamon...
THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• Largest cluster in Europe / secondlargest in the world• Sma...
THE ANTWERP REGIONQuality of life• Antwerp was ranked nr 1 fashionshopping hotspot 2011 by the NYTimes• Everyone’s favorit...
CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE ANDINDUSTRYAntwerp & Waasland
CHARACTERISTICS• A private institution, not funded by thegovernment• Membership is not compulsory but based on> competitiv...
MISSION STATEMENT• Defending their interests on a political level• Offering a professional and unique network• Promoting i...
2WE HELP COMPANIES GROW SINCE 1802Our Chamber today:3.000members50employees7millionEuro TO/year1802 2013offices2002merger ...
3.000STRONG LOCAL NETWORKCorporatemembers30Municipalitiesfrom Antwerp1 Chamber2 RegisteredofficesFrom Waasland7
14.000BROAD INTERNATIONAL NETWORKChambers ofCommerceworldwideMillion members40over2.000Chambers of Commercein Europe
• 95 % are SMEs• Geographic area: administrativedistricts of Antwerp and Waasland• Sectorial composition reflectsthe econo...
3 STRATEGIC PILLARS1. Lobbying2. Networking3. Services
1. LOBBYING• Political consultations on local, Flemish, federal andEuropean level.• Defending the interests of all our com...
2. NETWORKING• Receptions, lunches, forums, lectures, trade missions,company visits etc• Garden Party• End of Year’s Recep...
3. SERVICES• Bryo• Export documents• PLATO, Hermes• Chamber Academy• Business clubs : geographical or thematical• Employme...
A PROACTIVESTRATEGIC VISIONFOR THE REGIONRoad Map 2020
ROAD MAP 2020
ANTWERPHEADQUARTERSA unique partnership to facilitateyour business launch inBelgium’s prime businesslocation
ANTWERP HEADQUARTERS• Investment promotion• Location management• Tax, legal & HR support• Networking• Expat- welcome desk•...
FLEMISH NETWORKOF ENTREPRENEURSVoka
18.000STRONG FLEMISH NETWORKmembers8Alliance ofFlemish CCI’s& VEV65 % of privateemployment
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?‘If one does not knowto which port one issailing, nowind is favorable’- Seneca -
MORE INFORMATION?Call the Chamber of Commerce 00 32 3 232 22 19 or mailinfo.antwerpen@voka.beOffice AntwerpMarkgravestraat...
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  1. 1. JOINING FORCES, ITWORKSSINCE 1802.Get to know our Chamber ofCommerce and Industry
  2. 2. THE REGIONFacts & figures
  3. 3. • Supported by stronginfrastructure• Excellent workforcebilingual capacity• Where businesses takepride in quality• Directly surrounded bythe largest EU marketsFLANDERS: GATEWAY TO EUROPE
  4. 4. Distance AntwerpAmsterdam 161 kmLondon 337 kmParis 340 kmBerlin 723 kmFLANDERS AND ANTWERP
  5. 5. TRAVELING TIMES TO/FROM
  6. 6. KEY FIGURES FOR FLANDERSFlanders80 %Wallonia18 %Brussels2 %Flemish Share of Belgianexports• Population: 6.1 million (58 %)• Companies: 480,433 (66 %)• Employment: 2,000,000 salaried 400,000 self-employed• Exports: €247 billion (80 %)
  7. 7. UNIQUE LOCATION AT EUROPEANCROSSROADS• 60% European buying power within 500 km radius• In the middle of Europe’s most important industrial &consumers centers• Proximity to European institutions• High density of knowledge clusters
  8. 8. IMPORTANCE OF FOREIGN TRADE FLANDERS• Export ratio GDP 101 %• No. 9 export region in theworld• Accounts for 3.11 % ofworld exports• 8,1 % of export to BRIC -countries
  9. 9. THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =KEY DRIVER OF THE FLEMISH ECONOMYSeaportWholesalescenterdiamondsPetrochemicalhub
  10. 10. MAJOR ECONOMIC ENGINE• Antwerp GDP = about 60 € BILLION / about 17 % of Belgiantotal• GDP / capita = 34 % higher than EU average• 1/8th of jobs in Flanders are located in Antwerp (total jobsFlanders 2010: over 2.600.000 )• Several universities, colleges and knowledge centers contribute toAntwerp’s innovative business angle and talent base.• Highly favorable economic climate for businesses from everysector of the market.
  11. 11. THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• 2nd largest in Europe/ 3rd Europeancontainer Port• Largest European petrochemicalcluster, 2nd worldwide after Houston,USA• 5,6 million m² covered warehouses (+2 x capacity of Rotterdam, +4 x capacityof Hamburg)• 184 million tons maritime cargo in2012• More than 145 000 employees (directand indirect)• More than 19 billion € value addedPort of Antwerp
  12. 12. THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• 80 % of the world trade in roughdiamonds• 1500 HQ of diamond companies• Industry’s primary business centre• World’s 2 largest diamond banks• Represents nearly 15 % of Flemishforeign trade (exports & imports)• Diversification: jewellery confection &tradeDiamonds
  13. 13. THE ANTWERP-WAASLAND REGION =THREE PILLARS OF COMPETITIVENESS• Largest cluster in Europe / secondlargest in the world• Smart logistics• All pipelines lead to Antwerp• Chemical Masters and bachelors• Process innovation leading to energyefficiency• Sustainable development• More than 300 different chemicals• 22 % share of foreign trade in the region• Employment (direct & indirect) =66.000 jobs• Increasing importance: + 4,4 % growthper yearPetrochemical industry
  14. 14. THE ANTWERP REGIONQuality of life• Antwerp was ranked nr 1 fashionshopping hotspot 2011 by the NYTimes• Everyone’s favorite sweet: Belgianchocolate• Gastronomy in Antwerp is a way oflife• Antwerp offers visitors a richcultural experience: landmark ‘MAS’and other interesting musea
  15. 15. CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE ANDINDUSTRYAntwerp & Waasland
  16. 16. CHARACTERISTICS• A private institution, not funded by thegovernment• Membership is not compulsory but based on> competitiveness and added value services> high cost-awareness and full transparency• Our network consists of more than 3,000corporate members
  17. 17. MISSION STATEMENT• Defending their interests on a political level• Offering a professional and unique network• Promoting innovation and knowledge economyHelping our entrepreneurs• Promotion on a national and international level• Increasing the general prosperity• Lubricating the economic engine of FlandersAdvancing our region
  18. 18. 2WE HELP COMPANIES GROW SINCE 1802Our Chamber today:3.000members50employees7millionEuro TO/year1802 2013offices2002merger withWaasland2004Alliancewith Voka
  19. 19. 3.000STRONG LOCAL NETWORKCorporatemembers30Municipalitiesfrom Antwerp1 Chamber2 RegisteredofficesFrom Waasland7
  20. 20. 14.000BROAD INTERNATIONAL NETWORKChambers ofCommerceworldwideMillion members40over2.000Chambers of Commercein Europe
  21. 21. • 95 % are SMEs• Geographic area: administrativedistricts of Antwerp and Waasland• Sectorial composition reflectsthe economic profile of theAntwerp-Waasland Region:Distribution, Finance, Industry,Port, Services, Trade andCommerceWHO ARE OUR MEMBERS ?
  22. 22. 3 STRATEGIC PILLARS1. Lobbying2. Networking3. Services
  23. 23. 1. LOBBYING• Political consultations on local, Flemish, federal andEuropean level.• Defending the interests of all our companies• Routeplan 2020= large study about future potential of region• Pro- actively envolved in organisations, commissions,projects… (FIT, Gecoro, SERR, RESOC,…)Listen - inform – communicate - lobby
  24. 24. 2. NETWORKING• Receptions, lunches, forums, lectures, trade missions,company visits etc• Garden Party• End of Year’s Reception• Galery of Prominent People• Youth Chamber for young entrepreneurs and high potentials• Magazine ONDERNEMERS.Local – regional – national - international
  25. 25. 3. SERVICES• Bryo• Export documents• PLATO, Hermes• Chamber Academy• Business clubs : geographical or thematical• Employment initiatives and competence developmentStart – grow – innovate – internationalise
  26. 26. A PROACTIVESTRATEGIC VISIONFOR THE REGIONRoad Map 2020
  27. 27. ROAD MAP 2020
  28. 28. ANTWERPHEADQUARTERSA unique partnership to facilitateyour business launch inBelgium’s prime businesslocation
  29. 29. ANTWERP HEADQUARTERS• Investment promotion• Location management• Tax, legal & HR support• Networking• Expat- welcome desk• Offered via one-stop-shopping inclose partnership with ourstructural and ad-hoc partnersFree of charge, objective & tailor made service
  30. 30. FLEMISH NETWORKOF ENTREPRENEURSVoka
  31. 31. 18.000STRONG FLEMISH NETWORKmembers8Alliance ofFlemish CCI’s& VEV65 % of privateemployment
  32. 32. HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?‘If one does not knowto which port one issailing, nowind is favorable’- Seneca -
  33. 33. MORE INFORMATION?Call the Chamber of Commerce 00 32 3 232 22 19 or mailinfo.antwerpen@voka.beOffice AntwerpMarkgravestraat 122000 AntwerpenOffice WaaslandKleine Laan 289100 Sint-Niklaas
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