Wednesday, December 6 2017 14:46
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenian-Belgian business forum "New Opportunities at the Crossroads of the West and the East" took place in Brussels

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.

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