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On these pages you will find more information on the activities of the mission and for some activities you will find the PPT presentations after the event has taken place. The activities are organised per day in chronological order.

Wednesday June 06th, 2018

BRIEFING OF THE BELGIAN ECONOMIC MISSION TO ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY

The preparatory briefing in Brussels is an opportunity for all the delegation members to receive the latest information on the programme, economic background and advice in preparation of the Belgian Economic Mission to Argentina and Uruguay. It ends with a networking cocktail allowing participants to meet each other before departure.

The schedule of the briefing is as follows:
16:30 Welcome & registration and distribution of participant's files
17:00 Welcome by Mr. Marc Raisiere, CEO Belfius
17:05 Introduction and programme outline by
- Mrs. Fabienne L'Hoost, Director General of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA)
- Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE (FIT)
- Mr. Michel Kempeneers, COO Overseas of the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)
- Mrs. Bénédicte Wilders, CEO of Brussels Invest & Export (hub.brussels)
- Mr. Alain Van Gucht, Director Americas and Caribbean of FPS Foreign Affairs
18:00 Argentina and Uruguay at a glance by HE Pablo Grinspun, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Belgium and HE Carlos Rafael Perez del Castillo Artagaveytia, Ambassador of Uruguay to the Kingdom of Belgium
18:20 Networking cocktail

Organization
Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Venue
BELFIUS, Brussels 44 Center (Auditorium Passage 44)
Kruidtuinlaan / Boulevard Botanique 44
1000 Brussels
Time
16:30 to 19:00
Presentations

The presentation of the briefing is available here.

Sunday June 24th, 2018

INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE BELGIAN DELEGATION FOLLOWED BY A WELCOME NETWORKING DRINK

Every Belgian Economic Mission starts with the information session where the delegation members are welcomed by the Belgian representatives in the Republic of Argentina and the Republic of Uruguay. Participants also receive their individual programmes at this activity.

The schedule of the information session is as follows:

17:15 Introductory speech by HE Peter Maddens, Ambassador of Belgium
17:30 Information about the business programme and business tips by:
Martin Cardoen, Economic and Commercial Counsellor for AWEX and BI&E by hub.brussels in Argentina
Carlos Maria Rodriguez, FIT Representative and Acting head of office for FIT in Argentina
Jimena Villar Bouchacourt, Economic and Commercial Attaché for AWEX, BI&E by hub.brussels and FIT in Uruguay  
18:00 Presentation by Bruno Barbier, independent entrepreneur  
18:20 Distribution of the final individual programmes
18:30 Welcome networking drink

About the speakers:

HE Peter Maddens, Ambassador of Belgium to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
After graduating in Law at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1985, Peter Maddens started his career as a Staff Member in the Office of the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. One year later, he joined the Foreign Service Training.
In 1989, he worked for 10 years in different places : Embassy of Belgium in Caracas, Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations in New York as well as in the Brussels office.
From 1999 to 2000, he was PR Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before becoming the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Belgium to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Vienna, Austria) for three years.
In 2003, Peter Maddens was nominated Ambassador of Belgium in Tanzania, Mauritius, Zambia and Malawi. Between 2008 and 2014, he represented Belgium in the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions – United Nations and in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He then worked in the Brussels office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Director of the Global Economic Issues and, from 2015, as the Deputy to the Secretary General of the MFA for Management issues.
Since September 2017, Peter Maddens is the Ambassador of Belgium to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Peter is married and has two children.

Martin Cardoen, Wallonia Export and Foreign Investment Agency
Martin Cardoen is the Economic and Commercial Counsellor for the Wallonia Export and Foreign Investment Agency and for Invest-Export Brussels office in the Belgian Embassy in Buenos Aires since December 2010. Before working in Argentina he held the same position for the Wallonia Export and Foreign Investment Agency in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Prior to his career at Awex he was an entrepreneur in Quito, Ecuador.
Martin Cardoen is a Business Administration Engineer graduated from Solvay Business School of the Free University of Brussels

Carlos María Rodríguez , Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT)
Carlos María Rodríguez has worked for Export Vlaanderen and later Flanders Investment and Trade since August 2000 including two princely missions in 2000 and 2008. He has assumed the position of Flanders Investment and Trade representative for Argentina and Paraguay since November 2016.
Carlos María Rodríguez studied English and German translation at the UBA University of Buenos Aires.

Jimena Villar Bouchacourt, Brussels Invest & Export by hub.brussels
Jimena Villar Bouchacourt has been working for Brussels Export -later Brussels Invest & Export-, since 1998.  By 2001, she became the Economic and Commercial Attaché of the Brussels-Capital Region in Montevideo.  Due to the Interregional Convention held in October 2005, she is since then responsible for Flanders Investment and Trade and AWEX in Uruguay. She also represents Brussels Invest & Export by hub.brussels in Paraguay.
Jimena has served on two Princely Missions Argentina- Uruguay (2000 and 2008) and assisted with the Princely Missions in Brazil (2005 and 2010).
Ms. Jimena Villar Bouchacourt graduated in International Business and Integration from the Catholic University of Montevideo (UCUDAL). She is married and has two children.

Bruno Barbier
Bruno Barbier is 51 and Born in Belgium. After studying in Belgium he started a corporate career in kraft foods where he worked during 6 years as chief commodities trading and procurement. In 1996 Bruno Barbier moved to Argentina and was founder of companies in commodities production and trading, the main company was Agro Invest that has 30.000 hectares of grains production. In 2013 he moved back to Europe and is now running several financial investments funds and seat on a number of boards for private equity firms. Mr Barbier is still spending around 3 months per year between Argentina and Uruguay. 

Venue
Versailles and Vendôme-Pompadour on the lobby level at the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
17:15 to 19:30
Participants
All participants taking part in the Belgian Economic Mission to the Republic of Argentina

Monday June 25th, 2018

“SUCCESS STORIES” BREAKFAST ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF ENTERPRISES IN BELGIUM (FEB)

The aim of this breakfast is to showcase Belgian businesses with a success story on the local market. More specifically, this event will give business leaders a chance to explain to HRH Princess Astrid, the Ministers, the Secretaries of State and (economic) journalists their activities and explain how they established themselves on the Argentinian market.
Each invited Belgian company can invite a local partner to the event. This partner could be a major client, a supplier, a distributor or similar. The fact that it is being attended by a member of the Royal Family and by high-level Belgian politicians undoubtedly gives it considerable prestige, which our businesses could build on to further strengthen their relationship with their local partners.
Finally, testimonies from the businesses, along with information about those businesses, will be useful for our political representatives as they provide a clearer insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with international trade.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:

07:45 Arrival of the invited Belgian business delegation and their local partner
08:00 Arrival of HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, and Ministers and invited officials. Welcome by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB
08:05 Words of welcome by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB
08:10 Testimonial by each invited Belgian business leader
08:55 Conclusions by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB
09:00 Departure of HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, Ministers and invited officials

About the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB):
As the voice of business in Belgium, FEB works towards establishing a framework to support entrepreneurship and defends the interests of over 50,000 small and large companies at federal, European and international level.

Organization
Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
Venue
Gobernador room on the first floor of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
07:45 to 09:00
Participants
Upon invitation
More info

For more information on the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, click here

FROM CITIES TO REGIONS: THINK AND ACT SMART. BELGIUM’S CONTRIBUTION

​This seminar aims at presenting the situation in Belgium and in Argentina regarding smart cities, highlighting academic and industrial approaches in both countries.
The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

09:00 Introduction by Mrs. Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of Wallonia Export-Investment Agency and CEO of Wallonia-Brussels International
09:05  Address by HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New Technologies, Employment and training of the Walloon Government
09:10 Address by TBC Mr. Raúl Martinez, Secretary of Infraestructura Tecnológica y País Digital, Ministry of Modernization of Argentina
09:20 Presentation of Smart City Institute of Liège by Mrs. Carina Basile, COO
09:50 Presentation of UTN, National University of Technology by  Mr. José Luis Polti, Director Green Building of the Production Unit Smart City
10:05 Presentation of the city of Buenos Aires by Mr. Pablo Adrian Mlynkiewicz, Directorate General Smart City and Open Government Projects
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Presentation on Investigation and consulting by Prince Consulting by Mr. Alejandro Prince, Director
10:45 Presentation on Multitel Innovation Centre Wal-e-Cities by Mr. Nicolas Point, Director
11:00 Presentation on Schréder Public lighting by Mathilde PRETE, Government Affairs & Branding
11:10 Presentation on Solvay, Solution for air pollution in urban areas SolvAIR by Mr. Gabriel Madiedo, Derivatives Commercial Manager LATAM
11:20 Presentation on production, heat/cool storage management, heat and cool in urban areas by Mr. Marc Frère, University of Mons
11:30 Presentation on Barco by Mr. Francisco Fineau, Country Manager Barco Colombia
11:40 Presentation on Smart Cities Projects financed by Belfius Bank by Mr. Peter Vermeiren
11:45 Debate with all the speakers and Q&R session
12:00: Closure of the seminar by Mr. Martin Cardoen, Economic and Commercial Counsellor for AWEX and BI&E by hub.brussels in Argentina

Organization
AWEX and WBI
Venue
Emperatriz on the Ayacucho level -3 of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
09:00 to 12:00
Participants
100 participants upon registration

SEMINAR ON ECO-CONSTRUCTION

The objective of the seminar is to link companies of the cluster and other Belgian companies to local companies. Both countries will present their expertise and see how they can collaborate. Argentinians future projects of sustainable constructions will also be presented.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:
09:00 Introductory speech by HE Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital Region
09:15 Discussion Panel over the Belgian expertise in eco-construction moderated by Eduardo Bekinschtein, President of the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Presentation of the Argentinian expertise in eco-construction
11:00 Presentation of Invest Buenos Aires
11:15 Transfer on foot to the Belgian exhibition at MARQ

About ecobuild.brussels:
ecobuild.brussels is the cluster for sustainable construction and renovation in Brussels. It brings together companies that are active in this sector and fosters their business development. ecobuild.brussels is a very famous Brussels actor in this sector and has a strong expertise on the subject. Some of the clusters' members will take part in the mission and more specifically in the seminar as speaker.

Organization
BI&E by hub.brussels
Venue
Alvear, Ayacucho level -3, Alvear Palace
Time
09:00 to 11:15
Participants
50 guests upon registration

B2B MEETINGS

The Trade Commissioners of AWEX, BI&E by Hub.Brussels  and FIT have organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 24 June. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, Hub.Brussels and FIT
Venue
Versailles on the lobby level at the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
09:00 to 17:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

OFFICIAL MEETING BETWEEN HRH PRINCESS ASTRID AND MINISTERS WITH HE JORGE MARCELO FAURIE, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND WORSHIP OF ARGENTINA

CV of  HE Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship​ of Argentina
Professional Background

Argentine Foreign Service Institute. Graduation: 1976. 9th class.
Degrees: Law – Universidad Nacional del Litoral - April 1974.

Positions held
Ambassador - Argentine Ambassador to France – 2015-2017
Secretariat for International Coordination and Cooperation – 2014-2015
Ambassador - General Directorate for Cultural Affairs - 2013
Ambassador - Argentine Embassy in the Portuguese Republic – 2002-2012
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 2002
Secondment to the Private Office of the Governor - Office of the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires - 2000-2001
National Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1998-1999
Head of the Private Office of the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1997-1998
National Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1994-1997
Director of MERCOSUR Affairs, Undersecretariat for Economic Integration with the Americas and MERCOSUR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1992-1994
General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1992
Minister-Counsellor - Argentine Embassy in the Republic of Chile – 1989-1992
Counsellor of Embassy - Chief of political affairs - Argentine Embassy in the Federative Republic of Brazil - 1987-1989
Counsellor of Embassy - Chief of Brazil Integration Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1985-1987
Counsellor of Embassy - South America Directorate, Coordinator / Atlantic - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1985-1987
Embassy Secretary, Second and First Class – Argentine Embassy in Romania – 1980-1984
Chargé d'Affaires a. i. - Argentine Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago – 1979-1980Chargé d'Affaires a. i. - Argentine Embassy in Jamaica – 1979 Embassy Secretary, Third Class - Argentine Embassy in the Republic of Venezuela - 1978-1979
South America Directorate - Brazil Desk - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1976-1977
Directorate for Treaties - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1975-1976
Vice Consul – Argentine Foreign Service Institute – 1975-1976

Venue
Palacio San Martin
Time
10:00 to 10:15

DECLARATION OF HRH PRINCESS ASTRID AS A "GUEST OF HONOR" ("VISITANTE ILUSTRE") BY THE BUENOS AIRES CITY LEGISLATURE

HRH Princess Astrid being declared “Visitante Ilustre” by the Buenos Aires City Legislature is an honor for Belgium.

The distinction of "Visitante Illustre de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires", which can literally be translated by "Illustrious Visitor of the City of Buenos Aires" is one of the 6 different distinctions that the Capital awards according to the law 578 promulgated in 2001 by the legislature of Buenos Aires. It may be granted to Heads of State or Government, Vice-Presidents, the highest representatives of different religious denominations, Prime Ministers, foreign Presidents or other representatives of equivalent rank on official visits to the city of Buenos Aires. This high distinction remains in effect during the entire guest's visit.
The distinction is granted by Decree of the Head of Government or by Declaration of the Legislature of Buenos Aires. In this case, the distinction will be granted by the Legislature of Buenos Aires. It consists in the delivery, during a brief ceremony, of a gold medal and a diploma signed by the Head of Government or by the President of the Legislature.
Several representatives of states and cities have already received such distinction including representatives of Austria, Brazil, Venezuela, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, and many other representatives.

The schedule of this event has changed and will be confirmed

11:00 Arrival and welcome by Francisco Quintana, First Vice-President of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires
11:05 Short meeting with Francisco Quintana, First Vice-President of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires and House Authorities with a gift exchange at the end of the meeting
11:20 Introductory remarks by TBC Diego Santilli and by Francisco Quintana, first Vice-President of the Buenos Aires City Legislature
11:25 Speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
11:30 Speech by Carolina Estebarena, Buenos Aires City Legislator
11:35 HRH Princess Astrid is declared a “Visitante Ilustre” by the people of Buenos Aires
11:40 Word of thanks by HRH Princess Astrid

Bio of Francisco Quintana, First Vice-President of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires
Francisco Quintana graduated with honors as a Lawyer and he is presently a representative in the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires. As of last year he was assigned to be the 1st Vice-President of the Legislature.
He is also General Secretary of The National Council for Propuesta Republicana (PRO). Over the past two years, he was President of the PRO Party in the Legislature.
He was a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in Human Rights and Public Law since 2007.
In 2011, he was Director-General for Youth Policy, agency under the Chief of Cabinet of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. He was the first Director-General for Institutional Strengthening and Legislative Modernization at the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires in 2010. From 2008 to 2011, he was also appointed as Vice-President of the Social Security Fund for Lawyers from the City of Buenos Aires ("CASSABA - Caja de Seguridad Social para Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires").
Between 2007 and 2010, he was Coordinator of the Unity of Youth Policy, agency under the Ministry of Social Development – Government of the City of Buenos Aires. He also worked at the General Attorney's Office of the City of Buenos Aires. Dirección General de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación.
In the private sector, he worked at the prestigious law firms "Bruchou, Fernández Madero, Lombardi y Mitrani" and "Mitrani, Caballero & Ojám", as a lawyer specializing in Labor Law and Social Security between 2003 and 2007. At the academic level, he is a Scholar of the State Department of the Government of the United States, the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES) of Spain and the Union of Latin American Parties (LAUP). He obtained the fellow of Friedrich Naumann Fundation, International Human Rights Academy 2008, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
He was Executive Director of the Buenos Aires Delegation of Argentine Youth Organization for the United Nations (OAJNU) in 2002 and 2003.

Bio of Carolina Estebarena, Deputy of the City of Buenos Aires 
Born in 1973 and raised in the neighborhood of Barracas.
Graduated as a Scientific and Technological Assistant, got a scholarship to train in Scientific Journalism, activity that she developed for more than a decade. She also studied management of air quality monitoring systems. Currently studying law at the University of Buenos Aires.
She entered politics in 2003, after auditing the elections that year. She joined the Union for Freedom (then Union for All – Union por Todos), first integrating the technical environment team, then the Convention. She also coordinated the technical teams.
She served as a parliamentary adviser both in the Congress and in the Buenos Aires Legislature. In the Decentralization Secretariat she was responsible for the Communal Management Control Board.
In December 2015, she was elected as Deputy of the City of Buenos Aires by Unión-Pro (now Bloque Vamos Juntos).

Venue
Canciller room on the first floor of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
11:00 to 11:30
Participants
restricted official delegation only

PREVIEW OF THE EXHIBITION OF BELGIAN ECO-CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The schedule of the preview is as follows:
11:30 Introductory speech by HE Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital Region
11:40 Speech of the exhibitors to present the different projects of the exhibition
12:00 Networking cocktail

Venue
Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño at Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño
(Address: Avenida del Libertador 999 (esquina Avenida Callao), Buenos Aires)
Time
11:30 to 12:30

INVEST LUNCH

This invest lunch aims at promoting the attractivity of Belgium as a possible location to access the entire European market. The potential of Belgium will be showcased to companies of Argentina.

The schedule of the lunch is as follows:
12:10 Arrival and welcome by Kris Maddens, spouse of HE Peter Maddens
12:25 Group picture
12:30 Opening remarks by HE Peter Maddens, Ambassador of Belgium
12:35
Welcome and introduction of all the speakers by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of FIT
12:40 "Belgium – Argentina's Gateway to the European market" by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
13:05 "Belgium – the logistics Hub in Europe" by Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port
13:35 "Doing business in Europe from Belgium: a tax perspective" by Bart Adams, International tax expert, FPS Finances
13:50 Closing Remarks by HE Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport​​

Venue
Residence of the Ambassador of Belgium (Address: Rufino de Elizalde, 2830, Buenos Aires)
Time
12:00 to 14:15
Participants
Upon invitation only

ENCOUNTER: BIOMASS & BIOGAS RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Climate change is a daily concern, whether in Argentina or Belgium. It is now important to diversify energy sources and shift as quickly as possible towards unconventional alternative energy sources. Biogas and biomass are two important examples of NCRE development. They are also the object of priority development programs by the Argentinean authorities.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:
14:00 Introduction by Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency
14:05 Lic. Miguel Almada, Bioeconomy in Argentina, Director Agroenergia, subsecretaria de Bioindustria, MInisterio de Agroindustria (tbc)
14:20 SOLVAY, valuation of biomass: biomass based development products, Daniel Dias, Head of Biotech Lab-Brazil
14:10 PROBIOMASSA, promotion of energy derived from biomass (tbc)
14:55 DE SMET ENGINEERING & CONTRACTORS, production of bioethanol and biodiesel, Patrick Adam, CEO
15:10 Coffee break
15:20 CADER, development of biogas in Argentina, Julio Menendez
15:35 WATERLEAU, from organic waste to energy recovery
15:45 BIOTEC, biogas projects in Argentina – case study
16:00 CREDENDO, financial instruments for Belgian companies with projects in Argentina
16:05 RAMCC, importance of biomass and biogas for rural development, Ricardo Bertolini (tbc)
16:15 Q&A session, moderator, HINICIO, Patrick Maio

Organization
AWEX and WBI
Venue
Alvear room on the Ayacucho level -3 at the Alvear Palace
Time
14:00 to 17:30

RE-INAUGURATION OF RIK WOUTERS' STATUE "AFANES HOGARENOS"

When the Plaza Bélgica was inaugurated in 1963, a statue by Rik Wouters (“Huiselijke Zorgen” or, in Spanish “Afanes Hogarenos”) was donated to the city. The statue was formally installed by King Boudewijn during the State Visit in 1965. In 2012, the statue was removed by the city for restoration. It is now being returned to its rightful place and (re)inaugurated by HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King.

The schedule of the inauguration is as follows:
14:20 Arrival and welcome by Diego Santilli, Deputy Chief of Government for the city of Buenos Aires
14:20 Introductory remarks by HE Peter Maddens, Ambassador of Belgium
14:25 Short speech by Diego Santilli, Deputy Chief of Government for the city of Buenos Aires
14:30 Short remarks by HE Kris Peeters, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs in charge of Foreign Trade
14:32 Unveiling and re-inauguration of the statue by HRH Princess Astrid

Venue
Plaza Belgica
Address: Rufino de Elizalde, Buenos Aires
Time
14:20 to 14:40

OFFICIAL MEETING WITH HE GABRIELA MICHETTI, VICE PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA

Biography of HE Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of Argentina

Marta Gabriela Michetti Illia ; born 28 May 1965 is an Argentine politician, currently serving as Vice President of Argentina since 10 December 2015. Before her, the only woman to serve as Vice President of Argentina was Isabel Martínez de Perón.
Michetti is member of the Republican Proposal (PRO) and Cambiemos (Let's change) coalition. She was Deputy Head of Government in Buenos Aires from 2009 to 2013 during the first tenure of Mayor Mauricio Macri and served as Senator for Buenos Aires since 2013 to 2016.
She is great-grandniece of former President of Argentina, Dr. Arturo Illia.

Venue
Office of the Vice President and Sala Sur at the Presidential Palace Casa Rosada
Time
15:00 to 15:50
Participants
Restricted official delegation

SEMINAR ON "CHALLENGES FOR PORTS AND WATERWAYS IN THE HEART OF MERCOSUR"

Argentina has turned the page on isolationist protective politics. Business-friendly reforms underway by the current government, led by President Mauricio Macri, are also opening the door to new opportunities for Belgian companies of all sizes in the maritime sector. The new government is actively tackling more than a decade of underinvestment in infrastructure.
Infrastructure is another key component of Argentina’s modernisation efforts and a key priority of the incumbent government. They aim to improve on the country’s transport infrastructure to facilitate export-oriented growth and productivity. Belgian engineering companies are uniquely positioned to support Argentina in its efforts to expand the infrastructure capacity.
The National Transport and Infrastructure Plan comprises over USD 33 billion in public and private infrastructure investment, including nearly USD 5 billion for port development. For example, the Port of Buenos Aires is planning a complete remodeling. Private terminals along the Parana river are also developing quickly. International public and private investors are returning to benefit from Argentina’s potential.
This event organized by FITA will include a series of compact Belgian company presentations in Spanish, allowing our companies to promote their cutting-edge technologies, world-class engineering and design capabilities, and unrivaled project management expertise to port development projects.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

16:00 Official opening of the seminar by HE Philippe Muyters, Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport of the Government of Flanders
16:10 “Trends in Ports and Waterways in Argentina” by Mariano Saúl, Under-secretary of Ports and Waterways of Argentina
16:20 “The National Development of Ports and Incentives to Promote Foreign Trade” by Martin Hagelstrom, National Director of Ports and Waterways of Argentina
16:45 “Flanders: Maritime Nation and Gateway to Europe” by Wim Van Rompay, Area Manager FITA
17:05 Presentations by world-renowned Belgian companies: DEME Group and Jan De Nul Group
17:45 Networking cocktail in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, authorities, speakers and Belgian companies

Organization
FIT and FITA
Venue
Emperatriz and Foyer on the Ayacucho level -3 of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
16:00 to 18:45
Participants
This seminar brings together port authorities, representatives and experts in the planning of port terminal planning, grains, agricultural and mining products.
We also invite investors, maritime specialists, consultants, Argentinian entrepreneurs and governmental institutions to join the seminar.
For registrations, please mail argentina2018@fitagency.com or call 15 5175 7129 or (0)11 4313 5611/7360
Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 20 June 2018

OFFICIAL MEETING WITH HE NICOLÁS DUJOVNE, MINISTER OF TREASURY OF ARGENTINA

Bio of HE Nicola Dujovne, Minister of Treasury of Argentina

Mr. Dujovne holds a BA in economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MA from the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. He worked for more than 10 years at Banco Galicia, the largest domestically owned bank of the country as the Chief Economist. He also served as a Government official: between 1997 and 1998 as the Chief of Advisors to the Secretary of the Treasury and in 1999 he was appointed as the representative of the Ministry of Finance at the Board of Directors of the Argentine Central Bank. Mr. Dujovne was also a consultant for the offices of the World Bank in Washington D.C and in Buenos Aires and director of Papel Prensa S.A. He was also a professor of “Topics of banking administration” at the Masters Program of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. Currently he serves as Minister of Treasury of Argentina.

Venue
Ministry of Treasury and Public Finances
Time
16:00 to 16:45
Participants
Restricted official delegation

VISIT OF THE ALTMAN ECO-BUILDING (LEED PLATINUM) IN THE PRESENCE OF HE CÉCILE JODOGNE

The objective of this visit is to show Argentinian expertise in the field of sustainable construction to Belgian companies so as to create further collaboration.

Venue
Altman Eco-building (Address: Lima, Buenos Aires 1111)
Time
17:30 to 18:30

NETWORKING COCKTAIL FOLLOWED BY THE CONCERT OF SOLEDAD

The music of Soledad cannot be classified: its organic sound is driven by remarkable virtuosity, insatiable curiosity and indefatigable passion for all kinds of musical genres – from Ravel to Piazzolla, from Gismonti to Stravinsky – alongside their own compositions, a playground in which the sound spectrum comes vividly alive. But hearing this incredible music, a feeling of argentine tango could come to your mind.
The Soledad group is composed by three very talented musicians who studied mainly at the Brussels Conservatory:  Manu Comté (accordion & bandoneon), Alexander Gurning (piano) and Jean-Frédéric Molard (violin).

The schedule of the activity is as follows:

19:15 Start of the welcome coffee
19:45 Arrival at Usina del Arte of HRH Princess Astrid and Ministers and welcome by Mrs Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX)
21:00 Welcome words by Mrs Pascale Delcomminette
21:05 Start of concert by Soledad
22:30 End of concert

Organization
Wallonie-Bruxelles International
Venue
Usina del Arte (Address: Agustin R. Caffarena 1, Buenos Aires)
Time
19:15 to 22:30
Participants
Participants of the Belgian Economic Mission and their invited guests. An invitation is mandatory.
More info

For a presentation on Soledad, click here

Tuesday June 26th, 2018

WORKING BREAKFAST ON THE ECONOMY

The schedule of the working breakfast is as follows:
08:30 Introduction by HE Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship        
08:40 Speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
08:50 Presentation by HE Nicolás Dujovne, Argentine Minister of Treasury
09:05 Presentation by HE Guillermo Dietrich, Argentine Minister of Transport (TBC)
09:20 Intervention of Mr. Pablo Tripodi, President of the Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (TBC)
09:25 Closing remarks by HE Kris Peeters, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer
09:35 Closing remarks by Mr. Horacio Reyser, Secretary for International Economic Relations, Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship

CV of  HE Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship​ of Argentina
Professional Background

Argentine Foreign Service Institute. Graduation: 1976. 9th class.
Degrees: Law – Universidad Nacional del Litoral - April 1974.

Positions held
Ambassador - Argentine Ambassador to France – 2015-2017
Secretariat for International Coordination and Cooperation – 2014-2015
Ambassador - General Directorate for Cultural Affairs - 2013
Ambassador - Argentine Embassy in the Portuguese Republic – 2002-2012
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 2002
Secondment to the Private Office of the Governor - Office of the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires - 2000-2001
National Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1998-1999
Head of the Private Office of the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1997-1998
National Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1994-1997
Director of MERCOSUR Affairs, Undersecretariat for Economic Integration with the Americas and MERCOSUR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1992-1994
General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship – 1992
Minister-Counsellor - Argentine Embassy in the Republic of Chile – 1989-1992
Counsellor of Embassy - Chief of political affairs - Argentine Embassy in the Federative Republic of Brazil - 1987-1989
Counsellor of Embassy - Chief of Brazil Integration Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1985-1987
Counsellor of Embassy - South America Directorate, Coordinator / Atlantic - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1985-1987
Embassy Secretary, Second and First Class – Argentine Embassy in Romania – 1980-1984
Chargé d'Affaires a. i. - Argentine Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago – 1979-1980Chargé d'Affaires a. i. - Argentine Embassy in Jamaica – 1979 Embassy Secretary, Third Class - Argentine Embassy in the Republic of Venezuela - 1978-1979
South America Directorate - Brazil Desk - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1976-1977
Directorate for Treaties - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship - 1975-1976
Vice Consul – Argentine Foreign Service Institute – 1975-1976

Bio of HE Nicola Dujovne, Minister of Treasury of Argentina

Mr. Dujovne holds a BA in economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MA from the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. He worked for more than 10 years at Banco Galicia, the largest domestically owned bank of the country as the Chief Economist. He also served as a Government official: between 1997 and 1998 as the Chief of Advisors to the Secretary of the Treasury and in 1999 he was appointed as the representative of the Ministry of Finance at the Board of Directors of the Argentine Central Bank. Mr. Dujovne was also a consultant for the offices of the World Bank in Washington D.C and in Buenos Aires and director of Papel Prensa S.A. He was also a professor of “Topics of banking administration” at the Masters Program of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. Currently he serves as Minister of Treasury of Argentina.

Bio of HE Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transport of Argentina

Guillermo Dietrich  (born March 5, 1969) is an Argentine economist and politician, currently the Minister of Transport of Argentina appointed by President Mauricio Macri.
Guillermo Dietrich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of German descent. He received a degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in 1993 with a postgraduate degree in Negotiation and a MBA Magna Cum Laude from the IAE Business School of Austral University.
He led the Dietrich Company, an automotive retailer founded by his father, Guillermo Dietrich Sr. in 1964.
In 2009 he was named head of Transport and Transit by Mayor Mauricio Macri, where he developed the Metrobús system of lanes for collectives suspected and investigated for surcharges.
At the end of November 2015, Mauricio Macri, as President-elect of Argentina, appointed him to head the Ministry of the Interior and Transport.

Venue
Palacio San Martín (Address: Calle Arenales 761, Buenos Aires)
Time
08:30 to 09:45
Participants
Upon invitation

B2B MEETINGS

The Trade Commissioners of AWEX, BI&E by Hub.Brussels  and FIT have organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 24 June. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, Hub.Brussels, and FIT
Venue
Versailles on the lobby level at the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
09:00 to 17:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

SEMINAR ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN A CHANGING LABOUR MARKET

The labour markets in Argentina and Belgium are in constant flux and change – increasingly so in the current international environment. Managing this change and its individual elements using existing social dialogue instruments is of vital importance, also taking into account that both countries are fully committed to ILO labour standards, have incorporated decent work in their national policies and have strong and active social partners.   Hence the importance of ILO’s core conventions 87, 98 and convention 144, all ratified by both countries, that places tripartite structure and consultation mechanism as an essential characteristics that promotes an enabling environment to effectively build and achieve consensus and move forward towards the goal of social justice and decent work for all. In this context and given that social dialogue is also an essential tool for advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, whose implementation requires active engagement of the tripartite actors: governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and that both countries have placed particular relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals. This activity aims at highlighting the commitment of Argentina and Belgium in ensuring that social dialogue remains the framework under which business can promote human and labour rights.
In 2017, Belgium adopted a national action plan regarding “Business and Human Rights”, including a commitment, on the part of the Government to highlight/advocate human rights issues within the framework of economic and commercial missions abroad. A seminar/meeting/workshop on the manner in which the instrument of social dialogue is applied or used in a changing labour market is an expression of that commitment in this particular mission. Lessons learned and shared will also provide an opportunity for Belgian companies to ascertain which elements can be used as USPs in their commercial and/or investment proposals/strategies in Argentina.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:
09:45 Welcome and registration
10:00 Opening with remarks by Pedro Oliveira, Director ILO Office in Argentina and host of the seminar
10:05 Speech by HE Kris Peeters, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs in charge of Foreign Trade (tbc)
10:10 Speech by HE Jorge Triaca, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Tripartite panel on Social Dialogue in a Changing Labour Market focused on following questions

Social Dialogue to implement technology in a decent work environment by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
Social Dialogue, Gender and the Changing Labour Market by Santiago Canton, Secretary of Human Rights, Province of Buenos Aires
Social Dialogue as an Instrument in the Formalization of the Informal Economy by Gerardo Martinez, General Secretary of the Construction Workers Trade Union (UOCRA)

Bio of Pedro Furtado de Oliveira
Pedro Furtado de Oliveira assumed the position of Director of the ILO Country Office for Argentina on March 1, 2015. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
Pedro Furtado de Oliveira was born in Brasília , has a Bachelor’s degree in Internacional Relations, studied Economics of European Integration at the Europe Institute of Amsterdam and has a master degree in International Relations from the ULB, Brussels.

CV of HE Jorge Triaca
Minister of Labor – Since December 2015
Born March 30th, 1974. Married, two children

Studies
Degree in Economics
Postgraduate in Public Policies

Career
2015-               National Minister of Labor
2009-2015       Lowerhouse Representative (PRO)
2005-2009       Executive Director of PENSAR foundation

Other Interesting Facts
His father occupied the same position (National Minister of Labor) between 1989 and 1992.

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Palacio San Martín (Address: Calle Arenales 761, Buenos Aires)
Time
09:45 to 11:00

B2G LUNCH ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF ENTERPRISES IN BELGIUM (FEB)

​The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) is organising with the support of the Belgian Embassy a lunch debate that offers the opportunity to the members of FEB and a selection of CEOs of the business delegation.

 The schedule of the activity is as follows:
13:00 Words of welcome by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB
13:05 Introductory speech by HE Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
13:15 Lunch is served
13:40 Speech by TBC
14:00 Q&A
14:15 Conclusions by HE De Crem, Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade
14:25 Word of appreciation by Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB ​

About the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB):
As the voice of business in Belgium, FEB works towards establishing a framework to support entrepreneurship and defends the interests of over 50,000 small and large companies at federal, European and international level.

Venue
Gobernador room on the first floor of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
12:40 to 14:40
Participants
Upon invitation
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WOMEN'S POWER BUSINESS LUNCH

Networking lunch for the businesswomen of the delegation presided by the CEOs of the Regional Trade Agencies

Venue
Hotel Melia Recoleta Plaza (Address: Posadas 1557, C1112 CABA, Argentina)
Time
13:00 to 14:00

SIGNING CEREMONY BUENOS AIRES

During every Belgian Economic Mission, signing ceremonies are organised at which Belgian companies have the opportunity to sign partnerships with their local business partners in presence of HRH Princess Astrid and present Ministers. Considering the attendance of the media at this activity, it gives high visibility to all parties concerned.

On the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission partnerships will be signed between the following Belgian and Argentinian companies:

BI&E by hub.brussels & RAMCC (Red Argentina de Municipalidades frente al Cambio Climático)
CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation) & CEMA (Centro Empresarial  de Mediación y Arbitraje)
The Chalo Company & Beanworks Seeds and Grains – Bunker Specialty Foods
Hinicio – FIA REGION IV (Federation Internationale Automobile Region LATAM)
IBA (Ion Beam Applications) – INVAP
Jan De Nul Nv Sucursal Argentina – Consorcio De Gestion De Puerto De Quequén
Schréder  – Algieri
Schréder – RAMCC (Red Argentina de Municipalidades frente al Cambio Climático)
SCK•CEN – NA-SA (Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A.)
VOKA Chamber of Commerce Flemish-Brabant + Limburg + Antwerpen-Waasland  – Camera Argentina de Comercio y Servicos

Venue
Regence room on the lobby level of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
18:00 to 18:25
Participants
All Belgian signees and their guests

JAZZ CONCERT FOLLOWED BY THE BELGIAN OFFICIAL RECEPTION

The schedule of the concert is as follows: 

19:30 Introduction by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
19:35 Jazz concert performed by Philip Catherine Quartet and Dino Saluzzi
20:30 Belgian official reception with a speech by the Ambassador of Belgium and a toast of HRH Princess Astrid

Venue
Centro Cultural Kirchner (Address: Sarmiento 151, Buenos Aires)
Time
19:30 to 22:00
Participants
Official delegation, delegation members and their registered guests

Wednesday June 27th, 2018

SEMINAR "IMPACT OF NUCLEAR AND AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES ON THE SOCIETY"

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:
08:30 Welcome coffee
08:50 Introduction by HE De Crem, Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and Special Envoy MYRRHA (tbc)
09:00 "Synthetic Aperture Radar and Earth Observation Activities at the Centre Spatial de Liège" by Anne Orban, CSL
09:20 "Key developments in Argentinian space technology" by Laura Frulla (tbc), CONEA
09:40 "Modern nuclear medical treatment technology" by Bruno Scutnaire, IBA
10:00 Coffee break
10:20 "Myrrha, multifunctional innovative tool" by Dr. Prof. Hamid Ait Abderrahim, Director of the MYRRHA project and Deputy Director-General of SCK•CEN "
10:40 CAREM, new SMR perspectives for small nuclear power plants" by Osvaldo Calzetta, CNEA
11:25 Break
11:45 Presentation of the seminar conclusions
12:00 Walking lunch in the room Regence

Organization
Agoria in collaboration with SCK-CEN
Venue
Gobernador room on the first floor of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
08:30 to 13:30

B2B MEETINGS

The Trade Commissioners of AWEX, BI&E by Hub.Brussels  and FIT have organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 24 June. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, BI&E by hub.brussels and FIT
Venue
Canciller room on the first floor of the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
09:00 to 17:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

VISIT OF THE GLAXOSMITHKLINE QUALITY CONTROL LABORATORY FOR VACCINES

This visit highlights GSK's activities on the Argentinian market.

The schedule of the visit is as follows:

10:00 Introduction on the importance of vaccination awareness by Pascal Lizin, Director External Affairs, GSK
10:05 Speech by HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New technologies, Employment and Training of the Walloon Government
10:10 Speech by Rodolfo Civale, Vice-President of GSK Argentina
10:25 Visit of the quality control laboratory and launch of the new production line

Venue
GSK Argentina (Address: Avenida Carlos Casares 3690, Victoria, Buenos Aires Province, Buenos Aires)
Time
10:00 to 11:00
Participants
Upon invitation

BRUSSELS, THE INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION HUB BY CEPANI, THE BELGIAN CENTRE FOR ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION

In our 21st century economy, where trade contacts reach across the globe and where time is of the essence, commercial conflicts require efficient solutions. More and more, parties in dispute are therefore turning to arbitration.

As a means of dispute resolution, arbitration offers all the usual legal guarantees, but offers in addition a greater flexibility and time efficiency, avoiding extra costs and delays. At the heart of Europe, the city of Brussels stands out as a seat for international arbitration.

The European capital offers some unique advantages and meets all the requirements for an efficient, secure and accessible resolution of your commercial disputes in an atmosphere of trust, confidentiality, open-mindedness and plurilinguism.

As the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, CEPANI helps its clients solve their commercial conflicts in a safe and efficient manner. We commit to providing parties in dispute with the right legal and administrative framework, to ensure a swift handling of the case.

Founded in 1969, CEPANI is the main centre for arbitration in Belgium and has also expanded its activities into other methods of dispute resolution. At the heart of Brussels, home to several institutions of the European Union as well as many other international companies and organizations, CEPANI provides its services in both a national and an international context.

The presentation will address why one/you should choose Brussels as seat for their/your arbitration. What exactly are the benefits of the Belgian arbitration law?  Updated recently and based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, the Belgian law greatly favors the practice of arbitration. As the presentation will demonstrate, our law complies with the most modern standards of international commercial arbitration.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

10:00 Introduction by HE Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital Region and Minister of the French Community Commission in charge of Civil Service and Health Policy
10:15 Presentation by Dirk Van Gerven, Vice President of CEPANI
10:45 Q&A
11:15 Coffee break

Venue
Maria Antonieta on the lobby level at the Alvear Palace Hotel
Time
10:00 to 12:00
Participants
Upon registration

Thursday June 28th, 2018

BREAKFAST SEMINAR ON CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The aim of this seminar is to present Belgian expertise to Uruguayan companies in the field of Construction (maritime focus) and Infrastructure (railway sector). It will take place in the framework of the agreement recently signed between the Belgian and Uruguayan Ministers of Transports.
It will also be the opportunity for Uruguayan companies, entrepreneurs and decision-makers to present future construction and infrastructural projects.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

08:30 Introduction by HE Cécile Jodogne, Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital Region and by HE Victor Rossi, Minister of Transport and Public Works of Uruguay
08:40 Presentation of Uruguayan projects by Álvaro Garcia, Director of OPP – Planification and Budget Bureau (tbc)
08:55
Presentation by Ana Rey, President of the National Institute of Logistics
09:10 Presentation of Uruguayan Construction Chamber
09:25 Presentation of the Belgian expertise in Construction and Infrastructure
09:35 Testimonials by Belgian companies (SECO, Auraxis, Jan De Nul and DEME)
10:25 Closing by HE Pieter De Crem, Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade

CV of HE Victor Rossi, Minister of Transportation and Public Works of Uruguay

Born in La Paz, Canelones, on April 10, 1943.
Architecture student, Banking officer, worker in the transportation industry since 1982 

1970-1973: Departmental Secretary of the Union Plenary of Canelones.
1973: Participated in the organization of the general strike against the dictatorship  and was part of the resistance until his arrest in 1976.
1976-1982: Detained by the military dictatorship.
1985-1988: Delegate at the wage negotiation Councils representing the workers of the transportation industry.
1985-1989: Member of the "Representative Table"; Secretary of the "Central de Trabajadores del Uruguay PIT-CNT" and Vice-President of the FOT (Federation of Transportation Workers).
1989: Director of the Newspaper "La Hora Popular".
1990: Director of Tránsito y Transporte at the Municipal Office of Montevideo, designated by the Mayor Dr. Tabaré Vázquez.
1992: Driver of the renewal of the float and restructuration of transportation.
1992-1995: Director the Works and Service for the community at the Municipal Government of Montevideo.
1998: General Director of journal "La República".
2000-2005: Deputy of Montevideo, for the "Encuentro Progresista - Frente Amplio".
2005: Elected Deputy of Montevideo.
2005-2010: Minister of Transport and Public Works.
2015: Newly designated Minister of Transport and Public Works

Venue
Ballroom A on the first floor of the Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Time
08:30 to 10:30
Participants
90 Participants upon registration

B2B MEETINGS

The Trade Commissioners of AWEX, BI&E by Hub.Brussels  and FIT have organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 24 June. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, BI&E by hub.brussels and FIT
Venue
Delmira and Juana, level 3, Hyatt Centric
Time
09:00 to 17:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

VISIT OF THE TERMINAL OF KATOEN NATIE, INVESTMENT POWER MOMENT AND INAUGURATION OF THE WAREHOUSE “TORRES GARCIA”

The goal of this visit is to provide a general idea of Katoen Natie’s current activities in Uruguay, during a guided bus tour in the Port of Montevideo, followed by an onsite visit in one of the logistic parks where Katoen Natie has a partnership with a very prestigious Uruguayan company, Frigorífico Modelo.
This experience will include an official inauguration of the latest state of the art 18.000 m² warehouse “Torres Garcia” and a networking lunch. 

There will be three activities is as follows:

1) A tour of Katoen Natie TCP and a brief presentation by Karl Huts, President of the board of Katoen Natie Terminal Cuenca del Plata
2) A guided bus tour at the container terminal “Terminal Cuenca del Plata” with photo opportunity
3) An Investment Power Moment  with inauguration of the warehouse “Torres Garcia” at Polo Oeste with following schedule

12:30 Speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
12:37 Speech by HE Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport
12:45 Speech by Karl Huts, President of the board of Katoen Natie Terminal Cuenca del Plata
12:50 Words by Hugo Fernández, Director of Polo Oeste
12:55 Ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the warehouse “Torres Garcia” followed by an Uruguayan show
13:00 Walking lunch

About Katoen Natie

Katoen Natie is a privately owned company, founded in 1854 with its first activity, unloading Cotton of ships arriving in the port of Antwerp. Quickly Katoen Natie diversified in both products (coffee, iron, fruit, jute…) and activities (storage in its own warehouses, transportation, expediting, customs declaration…). After acquiring Seaport Terminals, a large shipping company specialized in general cargo and container shipping, and investing in services for the petrochemical, chemical and automotive industry, Katoen Natie opened its first abroad platform in France.

Katoen Natie in Uruguay

Uruguay is an example of the quickly expanding international growth, based upon the copy paste principle of existing operations for customers in a new location or country. This strategy of offering excellent services to long-term partners in carefully selected sectors on large-scale multi-customer platforms will be respected as the right basis for future growth.

Since 1996, the Katoen Natie Group has been investing in Uruguay, as one of the main shareholders of several developments.

Katoen Natie Terminal Cuenca del Plata is the specialized container terminal at the Port of Montevideo, in partnership with the National Port Authority. Katoen Natie invested to transform the port into a hub, to become a reference in the region, and to promote the development of the country as a logistics platform.

Polo Oeste, the specialized Logistics Park, where Katoen Natie and Frigorifico Modelo are partnered up to continuously develop and expand not only there High Quality Facilities, but also offer Value Added Logistic Services.

About Frigorifico Modelo

Frigorífico Modelo S.A., partner of Katoen Natie in Poloe Oeste, is an agro-industrial company, on the Montevideo Stock Market since 1939, offering a wide range of products and activities such as temperature controlled facilities for third parties (30.000 tons for cold storage), bonded warehouses, production and commercialization of fruit juices and ice cubes, as well as agro-industrial activities in both Uruguay and Paraguay.

Venue
Polo Oeste (Address : Camino Bajo de la Petisa, Montevideo 12800)
Time
11:00 to 14:00
Participants
Visit of the terminal of Katoen Natie: restricted official delegation
Investment Power Moment and Inauguration of the warehouse “Torres Garcia” at Polo Oeste: all delegation members

FOOTBALL WORLD CUP ACTIVITY

Venue
Mercado Ferrando (Address: Calle Chaná 2120, Montevideo 11200)
Time
14:30 to 17:30

OFFICIAL MEETING WITH HE VICTOR ROSSI, MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS OF URUGUAY

This is a meeting with the Minister of Transport and Public Works. Selected Belgian companies have the possibility to discuss concrete issues with Minister Rossi.

CV of HE Victor Rossi, Minister of Transportation and Public Works of Uruguay

Born in La Paz, Canelones, on April 10, 1943.
Architecture student, Banking officer, worker in the transportation industry since 1982 

1970-1973: Departmental Secretary of the Union Plenary of Canelones.
1973: Participated in the organization of the general strike against the dictatorship  and was part of the resistance until his arrest in 1976.
1976-1982: Detained by the military dictatorship.
1985-1988: Delegate at the wage negotiation Councils representing the workers of the transportation industry.
1985-1989: Member of the "Representative Table"; Secretary of the "Central de Trabajadores del Uruguay PIT-CNT" and Vice-President of the FOT (Federation of Transportation Workers).
1989: Director of the Newspaper "La Hora Popular".
1990: Director of Tránsito y Transporte at the Municipal Office of Montevideo, designated by the Mayor Dr. Tabaré Vázquez.
1992: Driver of the renewal of the float and restructuration of transportation.
1992-1995: Director the Works and Service for the community at the Municipal Government of Montevideo.
1998: General Director of journal "La República".
2000-2005: Deputy of Montevideo, for the "Encuentro Progresista - Frente Amplio".
2005: Elected Deputy of Montevideo.
2005-2010: Minister of Transport and Public Works.
2015: Newly designated Minister of Transport and Public Works

Venue
Ministry of Transportation and Public Works, Montevideo
Time
17:15 to 18:20
Participants
Restricted official and business delegation. Upon invitation only.

BELGIAN OFFICIAL RECEPTION

About Hotel del Prado

The Hotel del Prado is a building located in the El Prado neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay. It was built in 1912 according to the project of the architects Juan Veltroni and Jules Knab and declared a National Historical Monument in 1975 It was inaugurated on September 15, 1912. In its beginnings it received the aristocracy who enjoyed the tea room, casino and parties that were offered in the place. It has been visited by important figures: some chronicles that refer to that time relate that King Edward VIII was there in 1925, when he was still the Prince of Wales (heir to the British throne).

Although it is known as "Hotel" del Prado, it is not and never functioned as a hotel. The name has its origin in that it was built on the foundations of the old Hotel "El Recreo del Prado", where it was traditional for newlyweds from all over the country to spend their honeymoon.
In the surroundings of the Prado hotel is the Cordier fountain, whose central sculpture, work of the Frenchman Luis E. Cordier, symbolizes the union of the Río de la Plata and the two rivers that form it (Uruguay and Paraná) represented by three female figures surrounded by animals of the autochthonous fauna. The fountain was inaugurated on August 25, 1916 in the center of Plaza Independencia and, in March 1922, it was moved to its current location.

Venue
Hotel del Prado (Address: Circunvalación, Gabriela Mistral 4223, Montevideo)
Time
19:30 to 21:30
Participants
All delegation members and their invited guests. An invitation is mandatory and will be requested at the entrance.

Friday June 29th, 2018

SEMINAR AUDIOVISUAL COOPERATION

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

09:00 Introduction by Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital and Maria Julia Muñoz, Uruguayan Minister of Education and Culture
09:15 Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Film and Audiovisual National Direction (ICAU) and the Film and Audiovisual Center (FAC).
09:20 Presentation of the co-production agreement between the French speaking Community of Belgium and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in the matter of cinema and audiovisual (Emmanuel Roland and Carlos Pereyra)
Presentation of the Belgian audiovisual sector:
9:45 Cultural Funds for Co-production by Emmanuel Roland, Film and Audiovisual Center (FAC)
10:00 The economic clusters (screen.brussels and Wallimage) by Emmanuel Roland, FAC
10:15 The federal tax incentive: tax shelter by Bart Adams, Federal Public Finance Service
10:30 Presentation of the Uruguayan audiovisual sector by Carlos Pereyra, ICAU
10:50 Closing by Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX)

Venue
Ballroom A on the first floor of the Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Time
08:30 to 11:00

B2B MEETINGS

The Trade Commissioners of AWEX, BI&E by Hub.Brussels  and FIT have organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 24 June. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, BI&E by hub.brussels and FIT
Venue
Ballroom B, level 1, Hyatt Centric
Time
09:00 to 17:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

SIGNING CEREMONY IN MONTEVIDEO

During every Belgian Economic Mission, signing ceremonies are organised at which Belgian companies have the opportunity to sign partnerships with their local business partners in presence of HRH Princess Astrid and present Ministers. Considering the attendance of the media at this activity, it gives high visibility to all parties concerned.

On the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission partnerships will be signed between the following Belgian and Uruguayan companies:

AMB - Trenal
Auraxis - AFE (Administracion de Ferrocarriles del Estado) on behalf of CUCAF
Schreder - Comité Internacional de EILD

Venue
Delmira on the third floor of the Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Time
09:00 to 10:00

BELGIAN PRESS MOMENT

Restricted official delegation and Belgian journalists

Organization
Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Time
11:00 to 11:45

OFFICIAL LUNCH

Time
12:30 to 14:20

MEETING AT THE CITY HALL OF MONTEVIDEO

The schedule of the meeting is as follows:

14:30 Arrival at the City Hall and welcome by Mr Nelson Fernandez, Director International Relations
14:35 Welcome and official meeting with Daniel Martinez, the Mayor of Montevideo in the office of the Mayor on the second floor
14:50 Gift exchange and photo opportunity          
Transfer to the Sala Ceremonial
14:52 Words of welcome by Daniel Martinez
14:55 Declarative Protocol Ceremony of “Guest of Honor” for HRH Princess Astrid and signing of the golden book
15:10 Signing of MOU between Uruguay XXI and Brussels Invest & Export by hub.brussels
15:15 Presentation of Uruguay XXI, by Antonio Carámbula CEO
15:35 Presentation of some big public projects by Óscar Curutchet, Director of Economic Projects and two other speakers
16:00 Word of Thanks by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
16:05 Q&A for the business delegation

About the Protocol Ceremony of "Guest of Honor"
The recognition of "Visitante Illustre de la Ciudad de Montevideo", which can literally be translated by "Illustrious Visitor of the City of Montevideo" is one of the 3 different recognitions that the Capital awards in the framework of the resolution 3046/03 of 4 August 2003. It is reserved to "foreigners of notorious prestige" who visit the country and takes the form of an award ceremony where the mayor of the city (currently Daniel Martinez) rewards an honorary medal.
Recently, the distinction has not only been awarded to illustrious representatives of different states and cities, but also to activists, well-known journalists, writers and artists.

Bio of Daniel Martinez, Mayor of Montevideo:

Daniel Martinez was born in Montevideo in 1957. He has three daughters and seven grandsons. In 1982, he graduated in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Republic (Universidad de la República) where he specialized in automation and robotics.
He joined the Socialist Party when he was 16 years old, the same year as the coup d’état, and became successively member of the clandestine board of the Young Socialists, and of the Socialist Party.
Moreover, as a worker, he had a leading role in the Labour Unions: he was a fundamental actor of the reorganization of the “Direccion Clandestina” of the Ancap Federation that he chaired. He was also a member of the Executive Secretary Pit-Cnt.
In the first government of Frente Amplio, he was asked by Tabaré Vazquez to preside Ancap, one of the many public companies facing major challenges at the time because of its oil search.
In 2008, he was nominated Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines. His management fomented the actual energy policy “Uruguay 2030” which turned the Uruguayan energy matrix in a worldwide emblem. He also organized the National Plan for Industrial Policy and the first sectoral councils allowing the implementation of digital television and audiovisual communication services.
In 2010, he became Senator for the Socialist Party and presided the commissions: Industry, Public Offerings, Sciences and Technology, Transportations and Public Works, and the special commission for the monitoring of the prison situation. He was also part of several other commissions.
In the 2014 elections, he was reelected as a Senator for the Socialist Party although he left the Senate the 6th July 2015 and became the Mayor of Montevideo.

Venue
City Hall of Montevideo (Address: Avenida 18 de Julio 1360, Montevideo 11200)
Time
14:30 to 16:45
Participants
restricted official and business delegation upon invitation

OFFICIAL MEETING WITH HE DANILO ASTORI, MINISTER OF ECONOMY AND FINANCES OF URUGUAY

This is a courtesy meeting with the Minister of Economy and Finances. The meeting will focus on Belgium – Uruguay bilateral issues.

Bio of HE Danilo Astori, Minister of Economy and Finance

Born on the 23rd of April 1940 in Montevideo, Uruguay
Minister of Economy and Finance since the 4th March 2015

ACADEMIC EDUCATION
Danilo Astori studied at the Faculty of Economics at Universidad de la República of Uruguay. In 1963 he graduated as a Public Accountant - Economist.
He was 5th grade professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Universidad de la República, of which he was the dean in the year 1973. After the military dictatorship, he returned to the dean position for the period 1985-1989.
In 1978 he founded together with other researchers, the Inter-disciplinary Center of Studies on Development-Uruguay (CIEDUR). In this private non-governmental non-profit institution, he continued his researches in economics, in technological innovation in the local livestock economy and in fisheries and forestry development.
In 2009 he assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economics of the Universidad de la República and member of the Central Board of Directors of the Universidad de la República.

POLITICAL ACTIVITY
Since 1984 he has been president of the Comisión de Programa del Frente Amplio and has integrated the advisory team of the Presidency of that party. He served as deputy director of the Office of Programming and Agricultural Policy of the Ministry of Livestock. In the 1989 elections he was candidate for the Vice Presidency of the Republic and first holder of all lists of the Frente Amplio for the Senate. He was elected Senator for the period 1990-1995 by the Frente Amplio.
In 1994 he founded Asemblea Uruguay, a new force in the Frente Amplio movement whose list for the Senate led the 1994 elections. He was elected Senator for the Frente Amplio in 1995-2000, elected President of the Political Council of the Asamblea Uruguay, and elected Senator of the Frente Amplio in 2000- 2005.
He integrated the commissions of the Estate; Industry and Energy; and Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Senate. He was also part of the Joint Parliamentary Commission of MERCOSUR.
Between March 2005 and September 2008, he served as Minister of Economy and Finance. During his administration, he implemented the tax reform, characterized by the inclusion of a Personal Income Tax (IRPF) and a reorganization and modernization of the Uruguayan tax system.
He was named for the vice presidency of the Republic by the Frente Amplio for the 2009 national elections. From March 1st 2010 until March 1st 2015, he was the Vice President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, and President of the General Assembly.

Venue
Ministry of Economy and Finances, Montevideo
Time
16:00 to 16:30
Participants
Restricted official delegation only