Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC)

Spotlight on the sistership agreements between Belgium and Sichuan during the BCECC’s event on 21 June

The relationship between Belgium and Sichuan Province has been well-established for many years. In 1995, the Brussels-Capital Region signed its second partnership agreement with the provincial government of Sichuan, following the city of Beijing in 1994. This year, 2024, marks the 29th anniversary of their cooperation. Additionally, since 2011, the province of Flemish Brabant has maintained an agreement with Chengdu, focusing on collaboration within the five clusters of Smart Hub Flemish Brabant: health, logistics, food, clean tech, and creativity.

To further solidify the people-to-people exchanges and present the latest business opportunities in Sichuan Province, the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC) organized an event titled “2024 China (Sichuan) – Belgium Trade and Investment Cooperation Conference” on June 21, 2024.

Attendees were treated to exciting insights into Sichuan’s environment by the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Sichuan Provincial People’s Congress, Mr. Song Chaohua. In the following sessions, Mr. Geoffroy Clerckx, the Director of the Public Relations, Communication and Protocol Department of Brussels International, Mr. Zhao Feng, the Deputy Chief Representative of CCPIT Rep. Office in the EU (Belgium), and Mr. Fan Jun, the Vice Chairman of CCPIT Sichuan on the business environment of Sichuan, demonstrated the development of bilateral relationship and business opportunities between Sichuan Province and Belgium. To further strengthen the relationship based on the agreement established between Province of Flemish Brabant and Sichuan, Ms. Gudrun Denhaen, the Head of the Economic Department of the Province of Flemish-Brabant, briefly introduced Belgium’s industry and business environment.

Afterward, enterprises by the Sichuan Economic and Trade Delegation like Sichuan Energy Investment Development, Sichuan Energy Investment Wind Power Development, Wolun New Energy, and INJET Electric shared insightful testimonies about collaborating with the Belgium in the new energy, logistics, smart manufacturing and technology sector. The event concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, heralding a promising future for trade and investment cooperation between Sichuan Province and Belgium.

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For a glimpse into the event, please take a look in the gallery below.