OUR 10 REASONS TO INVEST IN BELGIUM
- Strategic geographic location, home to the EU institutions and NATO and numerous headquarters of multinational corporations
- Access to the European market: 500 million European Consumers at your fingertips
- Open economy, proximity to varying markets and cultures, dynamic test market
- Quality human capital and linguistic diversity
- Strong logistical gateway, through international rail, air, or shipping infrastructure
- Existence of formidable knowledge and creativity-based centers of excellence
- Intelligent, competitive tax regime
- Attractive and affordable real estate prices
- Legal protection
- Quality of life
In global comparisons, Belgium performs exceptionally well in terms of productivity and the openness of its economy.
|4||Productive Country (2014)||The Conference Board|
|4||Globalization Index (2012)||EY|
|6||Global Connectedness Index (2016)||DHL|
|6||Logistics Performance Index (2016)||The World Bank|
|10||Enabling Trade Index (2016)||World Economic Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation|
|13||Global Connectivity Index (2015)||Huawei|
|14||Global Entrepreneurship Index (2017)||Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute|
|15||Attractive for Venture Capital (2014)||IESE Business School|
|17||Business Environment (2014)||Economist Intelligence Unit|
|17||Competitive Economy (2016-17)||World Economic Forum|
|18||Global Talent Competitiveness Index (2015-16)||INSEAD, Adecco Group, Human Capital Leadership Institute|
|19||Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (2015)||A.T. Kearney|
|23||World Competitiveness Yearbook (2017)||International Institute for Management Development|
|27||Global Innovation Index (2017)||Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization|
|40||Index of Economic Freedom (2015)||The Heritage Foundation|
|43||Ease of Doing Business (2016)||World Bank|
The 'Big Four' accounting and consultancy firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC – provide expert information about the business and investment climate in Belgium for potential investors.
Another good resource for potential investors are the business and investment websites maintained by the Belgian Federal Government. The business.belgium.be portal, operated by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and the Invest in Belgium site, operated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (FPS Economy), both provide useful information about doing business and investing in Belgium. The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (ABH-ACE) compiles trade-related statistics and maintains an database of Belgian exporters. The ABH-ACE also plays an important role in coordinating between the federal level, which is responsible for international relations, and the regions, which are responsible for foreign trade.
Belgium is a federal state divided into three regions – Brussels-Capital, Flanders and Wallonia – which are responsible for economic matters including the labor market and foreign trade.
Minister-President: Rudi Vervoort
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Minister-President: Geert Bourgeois
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Minister-President: Paul Magnette
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