ArmInfo. The Armenian-Belgian business forum "New Opportunities at the Crossroads of the West and the East" was held in Brussels.
The Armenian Ambassador to Belgium Tatul Margaryan said during his welcoming speech that the current level of the Armenian-Belgian relations and the current dynamics contribute to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, including in the areas of trade, investment, science and tourism.
At the same time, he noted that Belgium has traditionally been one of the most important export destinations for Armenian products, and Armenia is interested in expanding its presence in the Belgian market. According to the Armenian ambassador, the framework agreement signed between Armenia and the European Union on November 24 and a number of important sectoral documents contribute to the formation of a more stable environment in Armenia for the implementation of activities of both Belgian and other enterprises. "We encourage Belgian companies to study Armenia's investment opportunities and take part in infoprojects," Margaryan said.
The head of the Department of the CIS countries of the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DG Trade) of the European Commission Petros Surmelis presented the economic component of the Armenia-EU comprehensive and expanded partnership agreement and those elements aimed at attracting new investments and encouraging exports.
The forum also considered such issues as: investment opportunities in Armenia, priority areas for cooperation with Belgium, and in particular, work carried out by the Armenian and Belgian parties in the sphere of 5G communications, as well as policies aimed at the development of information technology, tourism policy , investment opportunities and the potential of the Armenian-Belgian cooperation.
At the end of the event, there was a tasting-sale of Armenian wines and cognac "Ararat". The event was organized by the Armenian Embassy in Belgium and the office of the Armenian Trade Representative, together with the Armenian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives of EU structures, the initiative <EU4Business>, representatives of the EBRD office in Brussels, as well as representatives of a dozen Belgian and Dutch companies also attended the conference.