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Invest in Belgium Joint Presentation by the Regions of Wallonia & Flanders May 4, 2006 Swedish Delegation: 

Invest in Belgium Joint Presentation by the Regions of Wallonia & Flanders May 4, 2006 Swedish Delegation Region of Flanders Flanders Investment & Trade Nathalie Cogghe Director Business Development Europe Region of Wallonia Office for Foreign Investors Alphi Cartuyvels Head of European Investments

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

Belgium: regional structure: 

Belgium: regional structure

Brussels - A Global Business Centre @ the heart of Europe: 

Brussels - A Global Business Centre @ the heart of Europe Capital of Belgium Capital of the EU Headquarters of NATO 1,700 European headquarters of MNC World’s fourth international meetings and conferences centre World’s fourth Open Trade Economy Second largest concentration of journalists in the world Sources :Economic Freedom of the World, 2000 annual report

Invest in Belgium: 

Invest in Belgium Source: IBM-PLI – Global Investment Locations Database, GILD 2005 Foreign investors announced 115 investment projects in Belgium planning to create around 9,000 new jobs.

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

Airports : 

Airports Numerous intra-European and inter-continental air connections Brussels Airport – Zaventem worldwide passenger and cargo services Ostend – Bruges Airport mainly cargo services Deurne Airport European passenger services (e.g. London, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva) Liege Airport top ten European air freight hub Charleroi Airport passenger terminal; hub a.o. to Ryanair

Railroads Density of network, km / km²: 

Railroads Density of network, km / km² 06-05 - 020206 2005 Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005

Servicing the European market: 

Servicing the European market 11-02 - 170107

Ports: 

Ports Antwerp 2nd largest port in Europe, 4th largest worldwide Largest petrochemical complex in Europe, 2nd largest worldwide Zeebruges Leading port in the car sector (1 577 618 cars) Ghent 23,9 mln. tonnes seaborne cargo traffic (wide variety of cargo) Ostend Handling goods and passenger services Liège Second largest European River Port -Strepy-Thieu Most advanced boat lift - 1.1350 t

European top 10 finished vehicle ports activity: 

European top 10 finished vehicle ports activity 06-05 - 020358 Source: Automotive Logistics, May/June 2005 Units handled

Accessibility by waterway and short-sea: 

Accessibility by waterway and short-sea Main industrial areas Accessibility by water 03-04 - 020345 Source: BVB, Inland Navigation Europe, Short Sea Shipping, Promotie Binnenvaart Vlaanderen, 2004 Bordeaux Toulouse Bilbao Porto Lisbon Sevilla Madrid Barcelona Valencia Marseille Lyon Nantes Paris Rome Naples Livorno Dublin Glasgow Birmingham Southampton Newcastle Manchester Cardiff London Amsterdam Antwerp Strasbourg Le Havre Rotterdam Lille Dunkerque Brussels Copenhagen Dresden Neurenberg Prague Hamburg Hannover Berlin Halle Frankfurt Dortmund Cologne Göteborg Bergen Oslo Stockholm Malmö Warsau Poznan Lódz Ostrava Katowice Sarajevo Brno Miskolc Budapest Graz Gyor Vienna Linz Basel Venice Bologna Milan Genoa Munich Stuttgart Bern Liège

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual : 

A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Multilingual & Well-educated Positive Social Climate Low Rate of Strikes & Absenteeism Outstanding Productivity Loyalty – Low turnover

Percentage of population fluent in foreign languages : 

Percentage of population fluent in foreign languages 10-98 - 030109 Source: OECD 1994 (SFCG)

Overall productivity, GDP (PPP) per person employed: 

Overall productivity, GDP (PPP) per person employed 06-05 - 030206a Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005 in US$, 2005

On the crossroads of 3 cultures: 

On the crossroads of 3 cultures Anglo-saxon Romanic Germanic

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

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Large number of Business Parks Scientific Parks Fully urbanised and industrially equipped At very adjusted prices Next to the main infrastructure Availability

Office space across the world Location cost in each country: 

Office space across the world Location cost in each country 06-05 - 030206a Source: Cushman & Wakefield -2005 €/sq.m/Year - 2005

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

Attractive Fiscal System and Incentives: 

Attractive Fiscal System and Incentives Corporation Real estate and equipment depreciation system Special tax agreements: fiscal rulings Low marginal corporate tax rate Notional Interest Deduction (unique system) Shareholder No taxation on capital gain Management Attractive fiscal system for expats

Regional incentives: 

Regional incentives Employment R&D Training Environment Investment Export

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

A rich Corporate Environment : 

A rich Corporate Environment The innovating sectors… Lifesciences Information Technology Chemical Industry Automotive Industry Logistics Aeronautics & Space Industry

Global customers: 

Global customers

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

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Sports and leisure International clubs, school & communities No traffic jam Dense communication infrastructure Proximity of the urban centres Cities in the country side High quality healthcare system Lifestyle Beyond Business…

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Source: Mercer HR 2003 Cost of living

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium : 

8 Good reasons to Invest in Belgium A positive Business Climate Excellence in Infrastructure and accessibility A qualified workforce, flexible and multilingual Real Estate: available and affordable Attractive Fiscal System and Investment Incentives A rich corporate environment Quality of Life Free of charge and Tailormade Investment Advice

FIT/OFI is your direct guide: 

Your Company FIT/OFI is your direct guide FIT/OFI 10-99 - 080102

FIT/OFI: 

FIT/OFI Office for Foreign Investors/Flanders Investment & Trade provide : Information Advice Contacts Solutions to foreign companies considering expanding business in Belgium Info is being kept confidential Services are free of charge We work in close connections with the Belgian Embassies OFI : SOUTHERN BELGIUM - FIT : NORTHERN BELGIUM

Free of charge & Tailor made Investment Advice: 

Free of charge & Tailor made Investment Advice Office for Foreign Investors Avenue Materne, 115 B-5100 NAMUR www.investinwallonia.be [email protected] Tél : 0032/81.33.28.50 Fax : 0032/81.33.28.69

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Welcome to Belgium!

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