The Case for Doing Business in Belgium

WNG Business Seminar & Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Please join the Washington Network Group (WNG) and the Embassy of Belgium when we convene a "Doing Business in Belgium" seminar featuring two panels of experts and a networking reception.

About this Program:

This event continues our WNG series on important overseas markets. Our program on Belgium features two seminar panels to examine current business and economic conditions, and highlight investment and export opportunities in this important market. Presentations and prepared collateral materials will provide attendees with actionable advice and specific recommendations that companies can use to pursue business in Belgium. Our program includes time for networking and is followed by a reception featuring Belgian beers and chocolates. #InvestInBelgium


Filip Vandenbroeke - Embassy of Belgium - Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs

Panel 1: Transatlantic Trade and Investment - Current Challenges

Topics covered: Brexit; Tariffs; G7; Trade with Europe; Trade outside of Europe; Rules of the Game in Belgium in 5 years; Transatlantic Issues; What is coming on the horizon: trends and policy changes. Our panelists include:

• H.E. Dirk Wouters - Embassy of Belgium - Ambassador
• Marjorie Chorlins - U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Vice President, European Affairs
Ellen House - U.S. Department of Commerce - Director (Acting), Western & Northern Europe
Cynthia Bunton - WNG International Roundtable - Chair (Panel Moderator)

Panel 2: Trade and Investment Opportunities in Belgium

Topics covered: How Belgium stands out; Business-friendly tax benefits; Initial Steps in establishing operations in Belgium; Marketing to Europeans/Belgians and cultural translation; Why Belgium and who can help me get started? Our panelists:

Brad Considine - Baltimore Aircoil Company (Amsted Industries) - Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Bart Deelen - Embassy of Belgium - Investment Officer and Business Development Manager
John Lindekens - Brussels Airlines - Senior Advisor, Americas
• Jean-Charles van Heurck - Ernst & Young Belgian Tax Desk - Sr. International Tax Manager
Cameron Heffernan - Mach Media - Director of North America (Panel Moderator)

Also attending are representatives from:

Brussels Invest & Export
Flanders Investment & Trade
Invest in Wallonia

Who Should Attend:

International business executives and trade policy professionals, economic development and investment promotion professionals; site selectors; members of the diplomatic community; multilateral bank professionals; government sector policy professionals; legal, audit and consulting professionals with explicit international practices; political and economic risk analysts; and the international media. You can see a list of initial registrants on the WNG registration page.

WNG International Roundtable:

This special event is convened under the auspices of the WNG International Roundtable, which supports leaders in the international arena, including the private, public, and independent sectors.

Embassy of Belgium:

We are very pleased to have the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. as our event partner. Special thanks to Bart Deelen, Business Development Manager at the Embassy, for his assistance in making this event a success. @BelgiumintheUSA

Brussels Airlines:
We are very grateful to have the sponsor support of Brussels Airlines, represented at the event by their Senior Advisor, Americas, John Lindekens. @FlyingBrussels

Arlington Economic Development:

We are very fortunate to have Arlington Economic Development (AED) as our venue partner. This event will take place in the AED conference center. Special thanks to Sindy Yeh, Senior Business Ambassador in the Office of Business Investment at AED, for her support of this event. @AEDBizInvest

Mach Media:

We are very pleased to have Mach Media as our media partner, represented by their Director, North America, Cameron Heffernan, who will moderate Panel 2: "Trade and Investment Opportunities in Belgium" for this event. @MachMedia


There is a fee to attend this event:

$20 - WNG Members
$30 - Non-members (The non-member rate will escalate, so register soon!)

Register Now: Click here.

Questions: Contact the WNG Office

Hourly Schedule

3:00 pm -
Registration & Networking
3:20 pm -
Welcoming Remarks
Cynthia Bunton, Chair of the WNG International Roundtable
3:25 pm -
Opening Remarks
Filip Vandenbroeke - Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Belgium
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Panel 1
Transatlantic Trade and Investment - Current Challenges
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Coffee Break
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Panel 2
Trade and Investment Opportunities in Belgium
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Closing Remarks & Reception
Networking Reception featuring Belgium beer, chocolates


Oct 10 2018


3:00 pm - 6:30 pm


$20 - $30


Regional Event,
WNG Event


Arlington Economic Development
1100 N. Glebe Road - Suite 1500, Arlington, VA 22201


WNG International Roundtable
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