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BELGIUM Wallonia, Your dedicated gateway to Europe: 

Wallonia, the new logistics hub of Europe BELGIUM Wallonia, Your dedicated gateway to Europe Daniel H. JORDAN Head of Asian Investments Office for Foreign Investors Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency SALON AUTOMNE 2006 DE LIEGE FORUM ECONOMIQUE ET RENCONTRES B2B LE VIETNAM EN WALLONIE

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The Office for Foreign Investors (OFI) is the foreign investment division of the Wallonia Export and Foreign Investment Agency – AWEX OFI provides : Information Advice Contacts Solutions to foreign companies considering expanding business in Southern Belgium Clients are treated on a confidentiality basis Services are free of charge EFFECTIVE HELP FROM THE OFFICE FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA A positive business climate 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

KEY FIGURES: 

KEY FIGURES Networks (Km) Source: Service fédéral Mobilité et Transports (*) 2001 (**) 1999 Structure of the population Source: Institut national de statistique: « Statistiques démographiques » (*) Thousands of inhabitants Geographical data Source: Institut national de statistique: « Statistiques de l’occupation du sol » (*) Km² (**) Percentage of total area

A POSITIVE BUSINESS CLIMATE: 

A POSITIVE BUSINESS CLIMATE Capital of Belgium Capital of the EU Headquarters of NATO centre of political decision-making 4th in the list of the European business cities 1,700 European headquarters of MNO’s 3rd most important conference centre in Europe World’s fourth Open Trade Economy Second largest concentration of journalists in the world BRUSSELS WALLONIA BRUSSELS, Global business centre WALLONIA

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A TRADITION OF ECONOMIC OPENING Source: Wallonia Export and Investment Agency A POSITIVE BUSINESS CLIMATE

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2) STRUCTURE OF THE WALLONIA FOREIGN INVESTMENTS Country of origin – sector of activity A POSITIVE BUSINESS CLIMATE

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 2. A central geographic location 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

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. A CENTRAL GEOGRAPHIC POSITION Do you know that 60% of the European market is located at less than one driving day ? At the heart of a 430 million Consumer Market

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 3. Outstanding transportation network International and regional airports Dense and fluid freeway network Well-developed rail network Second European river port 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

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A DENSE RAILWAY NETWORK USA= base 100 Source: Competitiveness Yearbook 2005 Railway network Density /sq.km OUTSTANDING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

A DEVELOPED ROAD NETWORK...: 

A DEVELOPED ROAD NETWORK... Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005 Road Infrastructure Density Km/sq.Km OUTSTANDING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

EUROPE IN A FLAP OF WINGS…: 

EUROPE IN A FLAP OF WINGS… 1. Brussels South Charleroi Airport "Aeropole" of 200 hectares; welcomes millions passengers each year; specialized in passenger transport (regular charter flights); base for conducting tests by surrounding aeronautical industries. . OUTSTANDING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK 2. Liege Airport At the centre of the Amsterdam – Paris – Frankfurt triangle; First European airport to focus its development strategy on air cargo; accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; European hub of the express courier company TNT

ACCESSIBILITY BY WATERWAY AND SHORT-SEA: 

ACCESSIBILITY BY WATERWAY AND SHORT-SEA Main industrial areas Accessibility by water

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Multilingual and well-educated Positive social climate Low rate of strikes and absenteeism Outstanding productivity Loyalty - Low turnover (no « job-hoppers ») 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

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Source: OCDE A QUALIFIED WORKFORCE FLEXIBLE AND MULTILINGUAL Anglo-saxon Germanic Romanic

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 5.Land and buildings, available and at low cost 130 business Parks 5 Multimodal logistics Parks 6 Science Parks 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

130 BUSINESS PARKS: 

130 BUSINESS PARKS The region of Wallonia, embodies 8 local authorities and manages 130 industrial zones totally equipped and connected to large communication networks and development centres. LAND AND BUILDINGS AVAILABLE AND AT LOW COST

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6 MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS PARKS Multimodal platforms guarantee you easy connections with all the transport means. Access to sea port areas Eastern Europe, South Europe, and Scandinavia is possible by road, rail, fluvial navigation and air! You can modulate transport according to your customers needs. LAND AND BUILDINGS AVAILABLE AND AT LOW COST

5 SCIENCE PARKS: 

5 SCIENCE PARKS LAND AND BUILDINGS AVAILABLE AND AT LOW COST

AFFORDABLE REAL ESTATE PRICES: 

AFFORDABLE REAL ESTATE PRICES Source: DTZ - Walloon Semi-industrial & Logistic Market 2004 Land prices and rents LAND AND BUILDINGS AVAILABLE AND AT LOW COST

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 6. Attractive regional investment incentives cash grant up to 20% of the invested amount; Up to 70% interest free loans for R&D projects; Staff hiring and training; 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

ATTRACTIVE REGIONAL INVESTMENT INCENTIVES: 

ATTRACTIVE REGIONAL INVESTMENT INCENTIVES INVESTMENTS INCENTIVES Percentage eligible investment amount is based on the purchase of: Land and Buildings ; New equipment; Intangible investments; Trucks > 3,5 tons Calculation of grant based on various criteria RESEACH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT Subsidy - Basic Industrial Research : 50% (up to 70% for SME’s) Advance loan - Applied Research : 50% (up to 70% for SME’s) EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING INCENTIVES Reduction of salary costs  average over a 4 years period: 11 %

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 7. Fiscal system 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

ATTRACTIVE FISCAL SYSTEM: 

ATTRACTIVE FISCAL SYSTEM Corporate : Real estate and equipment depreciation system Special tax vehicles : Fiscal Rulings, Notional Interest Deduction Low marginal corporate tax rate Shareholders : no taxation on capital gain Management : attractive fiscal system for expatriates Effective marginal tax rates Source : The Effective Tax Burden of Companies in the Member states of EU Source : Baker & MçKenzie

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 8. Education and quality of life 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

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Sports and leisure International clubs, school & communities No traffic jam Dense communication infrastructure LIFESTYLE BEYOND BUSINESS Proximity of the urban centres Cities in the country side High quality healthcare system EDUCATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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COST OF LIVING SURVEY 2005 Source: Mercer HR 2005 Worldwide rankings 2005 – Top 50 Cities Base City New-York = 100 EDUCATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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Overall Quality of Living – Ranking Base city: New York (=100) QUALITY OF LIVING SURVEY 2005 Source: Mercer HR 2005 EDUCATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 9. A rich corporate environment The Innovating Sectors… Life Sciences Agro-industry aeronautics/space mechanical engineering Transport-logistics 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA: 

10 GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN WALLONIA 10.Effective help from the OFI 1. A positive business climate 2. A central geographic location 3. Outstanding transportation network 4. A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual 5. Land and buildings, available and at low cost 6. Attractive regional and EU investment incentives 7. Fiscal system 8. Education and quality of life 9. A rich corporate environment 10. Effective help from the OFI

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HQ in Brussels – Offices in Namur & Eupen (German Community) 4 local offices - Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Shanghai 4 representative offices in Barcelona, Stockholm, Frankfurt, London A team of 105 dedicated professionals abroad EFFECTIVE HELP FROM THE OFFICE FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

OFI, A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES: 

OFI, A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOREIGN INVESTOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE WITH Regional and European R&D PROGRAMS - GRANTS FISCAL & LEGAL ASSISTANCE SITE SELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES FINANCIAL ISSUES

OFI, REGIONAL COORDINATORS: 

OFI, REGIONAL COORDINATORS

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…: 

WALLONIA FOREIGN TRADE AND INVESTMENT AGENCY Office for Foreign Investors Avenue Materne, 115 B-5100 NAMUR www.investinwallonia.be [email protected] Tel : +32 (0)81 33 28 50 Fax : +32 (0)81 33 28 69 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…

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