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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 October 04th, 2017

BRIEFING OF THE BELGIAN ECONOMIC MISSION TO THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE

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 the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. It ends with a networking cocktail allowing participants to meet each other before departure.

The schedule of the briefing is as follows:
16:00 Start shuttle service, Welcome & registration
17:00 Welcome by Mr. Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines
17:05 Introduction and programme outline by
- Mrs. Fabienne L'Hoost, Director General of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
- Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT)
- Mrs. Chantal De Bleu, Director General for External Trade of the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)
- Mrs. Bénédicte Wilders, CEO of Brussels Invest & Export (BIE)
- Mr. Jozef Smets, Director Africa of the FPS Foreign Affairs
- Mrs. Sylvie Graffe, Director of Finexpo
18:00 Networking cocktail
 

Organization
Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Venue
BRUSSELS AIRLINES
Ringlaan, Airport Building 26
Time
17:00 to 20:00
Participants
All participants taking part in the Belgian Economic Mission to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

Sunday October 22nd, 2017

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 Côte d'Ivoire. Participants also receive their individual programmes at this activity.

The schedule of the information session is as follows:
18:30 Introduction by HE Hugues Chantry, Ambassador of Belgium
18:40 Information on the programme for the companies and professional ​advice by Guillaume de Bassompierre, Economic and Trade Counsellor in Abidjan for AWEX, BI&E and FIT
18:50 Panel discussion moderated by Fréderic Stiels, Country Manager of SN Brussels Airlines in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and President of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Experts
Maximilien Lemaire, President of GECO LEMCO, Representative of the CBL-ACP in Côte d'Ivoire, Honorary President of Eurocham (European Chamber of Commerce) in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Thierry de Nève, Country Representative of COMMERZBANK AG in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Denis Dubuisson, Representative of Belgium at the African Development Bank (BAD)

19:20 Distribution of the individual programmes
19:30 Networking drink​

 

 

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Salle des Fêtes in the Centre des Congrès of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
18:30 to 20:30
Participants
All participants taking part in the Belgian Economic Mission to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire only. A participant’s badge is needed for access.

Monday October 23rd, 2017

OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE BELGIAN ECONOMIC MISSION TO THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE IN THE PRESENCE OF HE DANIEL KABLAN DUNCAN, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE

This opening session aims at presenting the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire as a country and its economy to the Belgian audience. Necessary information on the institutional and fiscal framework for foreign companies will be given as well. 

In the presence of

HE Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice- President
HE Jean Claude Brou, Minister of Industry and Mines
HE Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
HE Nialé Kaba, Minister of Planning and Development
HE Amadou Koné, Minister of Transport
HE Anne Désirée Ouloto, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
HE Amédé Kouakou, Minister of Economic Infrastructures
HE Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Arts and Crafts and SMEs promotion
HE Claude Isaac Dé, Minister of Construction, Housing, Sanitation and Urbanism

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
09:00
Welcome words by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs 
09:10 Presentation of the Ivorian National Development Plan (PND 2016-2020) by HE Nialé Kaba, Minister of Planning and Development 
09:35 Presentation by Emmanuel Essis, Director General of the Investment Promotion Center in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire​​ (CEPICI)​
09:10 Speech by by HE Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
09:55 Group picture

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Salles des Fetes
Time
08:30 to 10:00
Participants
Members of the Belgian delegation and the Ivoirian invited guests

B2B MEETINGS

The Economic and Trade Counsellor of AWEX, BI&E and FIT has organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 22 october 2017. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Venue
Daoukro and Daloa in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
10:20 to 18:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

SECTORIAL FORUM 1: ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURES: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SECTORS OF CONSTRUCTION, ENERGY, WATER AND SANITATION

The forum will focus on the business opportunities the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire offers within its economic infrastructure sector. As part of its goal to achieve "economic emergence" by 2020, at the conclusion of a second five-year development plan, the country is actively seeking to modernise and strengthen its infrastructure.

The technical teams of the Ministries and agencies present at the forum will be available after lunch to meet interested companies and answer questions during individual appointments.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
10:30
Welcoming by HE Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade & Investment for the Brussels-Capital Region and Minister of the French Communicty Commisssion in charge of Civil Service and Health Policy​
10:40 Presentation of the main projects in the field of energy and renewable energy by Jena-Claude Brou, Minister of Industry and Mines
11:00 Presentation of the main road, water and social housing construction projects by HE Amédé Kouakou, Minister of Economic Infrastructures
11:20 Presentation by HE Claude Isaac Dé, Minister of Construction, Housing, Sanitation and Urbanism
11:35 Presentation of mechanisms to encourage private investment in Côte d'Ivoire: the main projects presented by the National Steering Committe for Public-Private Projects (CNP-PPP)
11:50 Testimonials by Tractebel and Besix, Belgian companies active in Côte d'Ivoire
12:00 Q&A​

Organization
BI&E
Venue
Balafon on the 22nd floor of the tower of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
10:30 to 12:20
Participants
Upon registration

SECTORIAL FORUM 2: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SECTOR OF TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE

The focus of this seminar will be on investments in the logistics and transport sectors. The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire plans to invest in the near future in the development of its ports, railway, public transport, and aerial infrastructure and services. In each of these domains, the expertise of Belgian companies can be a competitive asset.

The experts of the Ministry of Transport of Côte d'Ivoire and of the different public companies involved in these sectors (Sitarail, Sotra, STL/Citrans, ANC, Aéria) will also be present at the B2B meetings in the afternoon.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
10:00
Registration
10:30 Welcome words by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade
10:40
Presentation of the opportunities in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire for Transport and Logistics by HE Amadou Koné, Minister of transport
Presentation of Belgian companies in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire by HE Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport of the Flemish government
Testimonials:
Nico Vertongen, Director of the Port of Antwerp International
Martin Antoine, Chief consultant and project manager for the ciculation plan of the public train in Abidjan at Stratec 
Frederic Stiels, Country Manager for Côte d'Ivoire at Brussels Airlines
Emmanuel Willems, General Director Sea-Invest

12:10 Q&A​

Organization
Flanders Investment & Trade
Venue
Aboisso in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
10:30 to 12:20
Participants
Upon registration

SECTORIAL FORUM 3: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-INDUSTRY

The forum will provide information on the opportunities that exist in Côte d’Ivoire in the agricultural sector. This sector is part of the economic priorities of the government.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
10:30
Welcoming words by Mrs Pascale Delcomminette, CEO AWEX
10:35 HE Mamadou Sangofowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development presenting the « Plan National d’Investissement Agricole (PNIA) »
10:50 HE Jean Claude Brou, Minister of Industry and Mining explaining the strategy of the government on how to develop agroindustry in Côte d’Ivoire by transforming local products into consumable goods in the country
11:05 HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New technologies, Employment and training of the Walloon Government​ presenting the assets of the Belgian agricultural, breading and agroindustry
11:15 "To plant and establish a company in Côte d'Ivoire" by Mr Dienst, General Director SoGB
11:30 "A presentation of SIAT and of its experience in Côte d'Ivoire" by Mano Demeure, Chief Business Development Officer at SIAT
12:00 Q&A​

Organization
AWEX
Venue
Chandelier Lagune in the main building of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
10:30 to 12:20
Participants
Upon registration

NETWORKING BUFFET OF THE 3 SECTORIAL FORUMS FOLLOWED BY B2B MEETINGS IN THE SAME VENUES

The participants of the three sectorial forums are invited for a networking lunch. After this lunch, B2B meetings are organised so that the Belgian companies get the opportunity to ask questions to the Ivorian technical teams of the Ministries and agencies present at the forums.   

Organization
AWEX, BI&E and FIT
Venue
Networking lunch - Pavillion in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
B2B meetings - Balafon on the 22nd floor of the tower of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
B2B meetings - Aboisso and Chandelier Lagune in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
12:30 to 13:30
Participants
The participants of the 3 sectorial forums

BUSINESS TO GOVERNMENT (B2G) LUNCH MEETING ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF BELGIAN ENTERPRISES (FEB-VBO) AND THE CBL-ACP

The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) is organising together with the CBL-ACP and with the support of the Belgian Embassy a B2G (Business to Government) lunch meeting that offers the opportunity to the members of the FEB and CBL-ACP and a selection of CEOs of the business delegation to discuss policy-related topics with Ivorian decision-makers. The Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire as well as several Ivoirian technical Ministers will be present at this lunch.

The objective is to campaign on the issues that most influence the performance of Belgian companies that invested in Côte d'Ivoire or do trade with them and to call upon local decision-makers to help make the needs and projects of the Belgian companies a reality.

The schedule of the meeting is as follows:
12:30
Arrival of the invited Belgian business delegation and welcome cocktail 
12:55 Arrival of HE Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and accompanying Ministers, who are welcomed by HE Hugues Chantry, Ambassador of Belgium; Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB and Bernard De Gerlache, Honorary President of the CBL-ACP
13:00 Arrival of HRH Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King, Ministers, Secretaries of State and invited officials, who are welcomed by HE Hugues Chantry, Ambassador of Belgium; Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB and Bernard De Gerlache, Honorary President of the CBL-ACP​
13:05 Word of welcome by HE Hugues Chantry, Ambassador of Belgium and
Introductory speech by Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB
13:15 Lunch is served
13:40 Speech about the Ivorian investment climate and new actions and policies by the government that create opportunities and facilitate doing business by HE Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire 
13:55 Introduction to the CBL-ACP by Bernard de Gerlache, Honorary President of the CBL-ACP and
Intervention by Maxime Lemaire, Permanent representative of the CBL-ACP
14:10 Conclusions by HE Pieter De Crem, Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade 
14:14 Words of appreciation by Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB

About the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium:
The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB-VBO) is the only multisector employer organisation representing companies active in Belgium’s three regions. FEB-VBO promotes and defends the interests of those companies with a view to creating an optimum business and investment environment in Belgium, Europe and on third markets. 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.
Website

Organization
FEB, CBL-ACP and the Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Restaurant Le Toit d'Abidjan on the 23rd floor of the tower of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
12:30 to 14:15
Participants
Upon invitation

TECHNICAL MEETING WITH HE AMADOU GON COULIBALY, PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE

Time
15:00 to 15:45
Participants
Belgian Ministers and Directors General of AWEX, BI&E, FIT and FPS Foreign Affairs

DINNER OFFERED BY HE AMADOU GON COULIBALY, PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE

Venue
Restaurant Le Toit d'Abidjan on the 23rd floor of the tower of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
19:30 to 21:30
Participants
Upon invitation only

Tuesday October 24th, 2017

SUCCESS STORIES BREAKFAST ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF BELGIAN ENTERPRISES (FEB-VBO)

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 Ivorian 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:
08:00
Welcoming by Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB
08:05 Words of welcome by Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB
08:10 Testimonials of the invited Belgian CEO's 
08:55 Conclusions by Bernard Gilliot, President of the FEB

About the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB):
The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) is the only multisector employer organisation representing companies active in Belgium’s three regions. FEB promotes and defends the interests of those companies with a view to create an optimum business and investment environment in Belgium, Europe and on third markets. 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.
Website

Organization
FEB
Venue
Chandelier Lagune in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
07:45 to 09:00
Participants
Upon invitation

B2B MEETINGS

The Economic and Trade Counsellor of AWEX, BI&E and FIT has organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 22 october 2017. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, BI&E and FIT
Venue
Daoukro, Aboisso and Daloa in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
08:30 to 17:30
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

VISIT OF VITIB (VILLAGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE)

VITIB or ‘Village des Technologies de l’Information et de la Biotechnologie’ is a free zone located on the coast side, Bassam, around 45 minutes away from Abidjan. This zone provides several opportunities and advantages for foreign investors, mainly focused on the sectors of IT and Health. It has interesting juridical conditions as well as location conditions for different types of companies/investors. During the visit the opportunities and advantages for foreign investors in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire will be explained. This visit will be in the presence of HE Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
09:00
Welcoming of the delegation by Philippe Pango, General Director of VITIB and the authorities of Grand-Bassam
09:15 Presentation on the investment opportunities in VITIB in the Main Auditorium + testimonials
09:45 Coffee break
10:00 Visit of STCE - SEMEN (partner of Siemens in Côte d'Ivoire)
Speech by HE Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport
Presentation by SCTE
10:30 Visit of the new site of VITIB

Organization
Flanders Investment & Trade
Venue
VITIB Zone Franche, Carrefour Mossou, BP 605, Grand Bassam
Time
09:00 to 11:15
Participants
Upon registration

INAUGURATION OF THE NEW BUILDINGS OF BIA CÔTE D'IVOIRE

The company BIA has decided to fully renovate and increase the total capacity of its current facilities in Abidjan including stock warehouse, offices, and technical workshop. The premises are located in zone 4 on 4000 sqm. The goal of this visit is to organize a “VIP” inauguration of the new buildings of BIA Côte d'Ivoire. The Belgian economic mission is the ideal opportunity to increase the visibility of such important event for BIA Côte d'Ivoire, their suppliers and clients.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
09:15 Arrival of HRH Princess Astrid and ministers and welcoming by Vincent Bia, CEO of the BIA Group
09:17 Welcoming words by Romain Bia, General director of BIA Côte d'Ivoire
09:20 Speech by HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New technologies, Employment and training of the Walloon Government
09:25 Presentation by the Ivorian authorities (tbc)
09:30 Presentation of BIA by Vincent Bia, CEO of the BIA Group
09:45 Inauguration of the new buildings and photo
09:50 Visit of the premises

About BIA Côte d'Ivoire
The BIA family has long played a pioneering role in the distribution of civil engineering and construction machinery. For more than a century BIA has developed passion and knowledge in the industry by continuously meeting the goals of customers and conquering new markets. BIA Group is active in the sales and the service of equipment intended for public works, mines, quarries and transport. BIA’s expertise includes sales, rentals and aftersales service, but is recognized for its faultless project management and personalized assistance to its customers throughout their projects.
Website

Organization
AWEX
Venue
BIA Côte d'Ivoire, Rue Louis Lumière, zone 4 Abidjan
Time
09:15 to 10:00
Participants
Upon invitation

"HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR: PREVENTION AND ABOLITION OF CHILD LABOR IN THE COCOA SUPPLY CHAIN" IN THE PRESENCE OF HE DOMINIQUE OUATTARA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE (SPECIAL EVENT IN THE RUN-UP TO THE EU-AFRICA SUMMIT)

The main objective of the seminar is to give an overview of the main challenges that companies face in addressing exploitation of children in the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire and to exchange good practices and highlight opportunities for all stakeholders involved.

Special event against the background of the EU-Africa Summit:
Both the European Union and the African Union have expressed their strong commitment to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to prevent human rights abuses committed in the framework of business activities and ensure remedy where required. Both regional organizations are also very committed in the fight against child labor (cf The African Youth Charter and EU Council Conclusions on Child Labour). The purpose of this event is to translate these policy commitments into actions on the field, by giving a platform for business to exchange with both international and local stakeholders on the challenges they face, specifically with regard to the exploitation of children in the cocoa sector where the issue of child labour is prevalent. Through such interactions, bridges are built between business and civil society as well as African and European partners to find sustainable solutions to the challenges identified so as to generate a positive dynamic, both with regards to business and human rights.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
10:30
Speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
10:40 Speech by Dramane Haidara, Country Director of the International Labour Organisation in Côte d'Ivoire 
11:00 Testimonial of Moussa Sawadogo, Chairman of the Board at Société Coopérative Ivoirienne de Négoce des Produits Agricoles (SCINPA)
11:07 Testimonial of Fany Assata Doumbia, Chairman of the Board at the Enreprise Coopérative des Agriculteurs de Méagui (ECAM COOP CA)
11:15 Speech by Patrick De Maeseneire, Chairman of the Board at Barry Callebaut AG​ and CEO of Jacobs Holding AG
11:35 Key note speech by HE Dominique Claudine Ouattara, First Lady of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
11:45 Group picture

Coffee break

12:00 Panel moderated by Dramane Haidara, Country Director of the International Labour Organisation in Côte d'Ivoire with the following speakers

Dr. Martin N'Guettia, Director of the fight against child labour at the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection 
Euphrasie Aka, Regional Representative for West-and Central Africa/National coordinator at the International Cocoa Initiative 
Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, Representative at Unicef Côte d'Ivoire
Mamadou Bamba, General Director at the Union des Sociétés Coopératives Kimbê (Ecookim) 
Jean-François Valette, Ambassador of the delegation of the European Union

About Belgium:
‘Business and human rights’ is a priority for Belgium in its domestic and foreign policy. The Belgian Government is keen on taking its responsibility by raising awareness and supporting Belgian business enterprises that are seeking to ensure that human rights are respected throughout their operations, including in their supply chain. In their first National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights (adopted on July 20 2017), the Belgian authorities (federal and regional) commit to providing platforms of dialogue and expertise exchange on this issue, inter alia during economic missions organized abroad. Alongside women, children are identified as priority stakeholders in this context and the Belgian MFA works closely with UNICEF, the Shift and the Belgian Federation of Enterprises on promoting the “Children’s Rights and Business Principles” agenda within the Belgian business community through the activities of the Commission on Children’s Rights and Business Principles set up in the Belgian UN Global Compact Network.

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Chandelier Lagune in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
10:15 to 13:30
Participants
Upon invitation

LUNCH WITH HE DOMINIQUE OUATTARA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Presidential Residence
Time
12:10 to 13:50
Participants
Very restriced official delegation

GLAXOSMITHKLINE VACCINES ACTIVITY: VISIT OF INHP

The objective of this visit to the National Institute of Public Health is to support the Government to intensify the Disease awareness on the two first causes of death for infants under 5 and really promote the prevention via vaccination. GSK Vaccines wants to create with this activity disease awareness on pneumoccocal infections and diarrhea due to the Rotavirus.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
14:15
 Welcome and transfer to the venue Amphitheatre
14:20 Welcome words by Professor Bénié, Director of INHP 
14:25 Speech by HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New technologies, Employment and training of the Walloon Government
14:30 Speech by Pascal Lizin, Director External Affairs GSK Vaccines
14:35 Speech by HE Dr. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health and Public Health 
14:45 Presentation on the promotion of vaccination in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire by INHP
14:55 Sketch with vaccination agents - INHP
15:00 Transfer to the Vaccination Center
15:05 Photo and visit of INHP with a session of vaccination

About GSK Vaccines
GSK is one of the world’s leading vaccine companies, involved in vaccine research, development and production. They have 15 vaccines in development and a broad portfolio of 39 vaccines preventing illnesses such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, typhoid, influenza and bacterial meningitis.  Globally, more than 16,000 people work at GSK to deliver nearly 2 (1.9) million vaccines every day, to people in around 90% (172) of the world’s countries. In 2015 they distributed around 690 million doses of vaccine, over 70% of them to least developed, low and middle income countries.
Website

Organization
AWEX
Venue
Institut National d'Hygiène Publique, Boulevard Du Port (CHU), Treichville
Time
14:15 to 15:15
Participants
Upon invitation

BRUSSELS, PLACE OF ARBITRATION AND INTRODUCTION TO OHADA (ORGANISATION POUR L'HARMONISATION EN AFRIQUE DU DROIT DES AFFAIRES) ARBITRATION LAW

Why may companies operating in Africa opt for arbitration in the case of a trade dispute? Two topics will be discussed during the seminar.
1. The choice of Brussels as a place for arbitration and the role of CEPANI as a major arbitration centre in Belgium and the advantages of the Belgian arbitration law
2. The OHADA Arbitration Law and the role of the Arbitration Centre of the Joint Court of Justice and Arbitration established in Abidjan, the organisation of this Centre and the specificities of OHADA arbitration law.
This seminar will be held in the presence of 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   

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
14:30 ​
Welcome 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
14:40 "Brussels, place of arbitration/presentation of Cepani" by Dirk De Meulemeester, President of CEPANI, lawyer at the Ghent Bar and guest professor at the UGent
15:00 Introduction to Belgian arbitration law by Marc Dal, administrator of CEPANI, lawyer at the Brussels Bar (Daldewolf)
14:20 Presentation of the Arbitration Centre of the OHADA Joint Court of Justice and Arbitration by Narcisse Aka, Secretary General of the Arbitration Centre
15:50 Introduction to OHADA Arbitration law by Claude Mentenon, former President of the Côte d'Ivoire Bar Association
16:20 Q&A​

About Belgium and CEPANI
Commercial disputes of an international nature are often settled by arbitration. The world's major cities compete to host the seat of such arbitrations because they generate significant economic activity in terms of legal services but also in terms of general services (horeca, tradition, etc.). Since the law of 24 June 2013, Belgium and therefore Brussels has had a legal framework favourable to arbitration. CEPANI has taken a number of initiatives to promote Brussels as an arbitration venue (see in particular www.brusselsarbitrationhub.be and the launch of the be-arbitra magazine). Every effort must be made to promote these initiatives and the role of Brussels. Moreover, a party or an African state that is party to a procedure will find Brussels the ideal place to be the seat of arbitration: lawyers specialising in the matter, able to handle proceedings in different languages (including French), adapted infrastructures (business center and hotels), interpreters and stenotypists.
Website

Organization
BI&E and CEPANI
Venue
Balafon on the 22nd floor of the tower of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
14:30 to 16:30
Participants
Upon registration

VISIT OF THE SEA-INVEST BULK TERMINAL

SEA-invest’s bulk terminal is the gateway for all incoming and outgoing dry bulk products to and from Côte d'Ivoire, but also to landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali,… SEA-invest has obtained a 25 year concession agreement to operate this terminal in 2008. Since the start of operations in 2009 it has massively invested in infrastructure and equipment to increase the capacity of the terminal and cope with the growing import and export volumes.

This visit shows the achievements that SEA-invest realized since 2009 and the ongoing investments such as a new conveyor belt system which will link the cement plants in the port with the bulk terminal and the extension of the bulk terminal. It is a demonstration of the added value that Belgian companies can provide, through their expertise and their know-how.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
​15:30
Arrival of the delegation
15:35 Presentation by a representative of the Port of Abidjan and SEA-Invest
15:55 Transfer to the terminal
16:00 Guided visit of the terminal

About SEA-invest
SEA-invest in a Belgian company with its headquarters in Ghent. It is one of the leading stevedoring and logistics companies in Europe and Africa. It is one of the main actors in the port of Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent.
Website

Organization
Flanders Investment & Trade
Venue
SEA-Invest bulk terminal
Time
15:30 to 16:30
Participants
Upon invitation

PRESENTATION ON SIEMENS ACTIVITIES IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE

This presentation will explain in detail Siemens sustainable approach in Côte d'Ivoire, based on four pillars: local partners for a ‘best in class’ service, close collaboration with leading academic institutions such as INP-HB for training and development of local competences, development of adapted financial services for our customers and ethical and integrity business as the sustainability’s cornerstone.

About Siemens
Siemens has been operating in Africa for more than 157 years. Since 2013, Siemens Belgium has been responsible for the development of the company's activities in French-speaking Africa (North, Central and Western Africa). The main building blocks for Siemens activities in Côte d'Ivoire are electrification, automation and digitalization. The company offers leading-edge technological solutions in these fields to develop local infrastructures (from power generation to distribution, building management, mobility) and to support the competitive edge of businesses (automation solutions) in order to add value locally.

Siemens is continuing along this path and announces the opening of a legal entity in Abidjan. In doing so, Siemens wishes to strengthen its presence in the country in the long term and develop its activities, thus benefitting its customers, partners and institutions, helping to add value locally and create jobs. Siemens Côte d'Ivoire will represent all Siemens activities in the country as well as in the region.
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Venue
Aboisso in the Main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
17:30 to 18:00
Participants
Upon invitation

SIGNING CEREMONY

At 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.

Organization
Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Venue
Chandelier Lagune in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
17:30 to 18:45
Participants
For signing parties and their guests. Upon invitation only

BELGIAN OFFICIAL RECEPTION

Organization
Embassy of Belgium
Venue
Auditorium of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
19:00 to 21:00
Participants
Official delegation, delegation members and their registered guests

Wednesday October 25th, 2017

SEMINAR ON FUNDERS: STRATEGIC PIPELINE OF PROJECTS LED AND FINANCED BY THE MAIN FUNDERS ACTIVE IN THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES RESULTING FROM IT

The objective of this seminar is to give to the Belgian companies an overview of the projects in preparation by the funders in Côte d'Ivoire or in the region in connection with the host country, as well as the modalities of participation to these projects, led and financed by the funders. 

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
08:50 Arrival of HRH Princess Astrid, Ministers and official delegation and welcoming by Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President, Vincent Nmehielle, Secretary General and Pierre Guislain (TBC), Vice-President of the African Development
08:55 Courtesy meeting with Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank with HRH Princess Astrid, ministers and a restricted official delegation 
09:10 Transfer to the seminar of HRH Princess Astrid, ministers and restricted official delegation
09:15 Introduction by Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank
09:35 Speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
09:45 Coffee break - Meeting with the speakers of the seminar 
09:55 Photo opportunity with the speakers
​10:05 Presentation by Janvier Litse and Eric Yoboue of the African Development Bank
10:25 Presentations by Jean-François Valette, Ambassador to the EU and Philippe Brown, ​Head of Office BEI, of the European Investment Bank and the delegation of the European Union in Côte d'Ivoire 
10:45 Presentation by Pierre Laporte, Business manager at the Worldbank
11:05 Presentation by Cassandra Colbert, Regional Representative of the International Finance Corporation (SFI) 
11:25 Presentation by Luuk Zonneveld, CEO of Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)
11:40 Q&A

Organization
Embassy of Belgium, AWEX, BI&E and FIT
Venue
African Development Bank (headquarters), 6 Avenue Anoma, Abidjan Plateau
Time
08:30 to 12:05
Participants
Upon registration

B2B MEETINGS

The Economic and Trade Counsellor of AWEX, BI&E and FIT has organised a personal B2B programme for you, which you will receive at the Information Session on Sunday 22 october 2017. Should you not have received your programme yet, please go to the secretariat of the mission.

Organization
AWEX, BI&E and FIT
Venue
Daoukro and Daloa in the main building of the Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
08:30 to 13:00
Participants
Business delegation of the Belgian Economic Mission

BELGIAN PRESS MOMENT

Organization
Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Venue
Chandelier Lagune in the main building of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
11:30 to 12:15
Participants
Restricted official delegation and Belgian journalists

LUNCH "BELGIUM, UNIQUELY PHENOMENAL"

The lunch is focusing on the promotion of the image of Belgium. Specific promotion material from the campaign “Belgium, uniquely phenomenal” will be used and the menu is prepared by a Belgian chef, in order to promote the Belgian gastronomic know-how. Only a very limited number of brief presentations will be made in order to allow participants to interact during the lunch. The main target public for this event will be Ivorian VIP’s and decision makers belonging to the political and/or economic worlds.

The schedule of the activity is as follows:
​12:00
Registration
12:30 Welcoming words and speech by HE Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
12:50 First course is served
13:10 Speech by tbc
13:20 Main course is served
13:40 Testimony of Marc Wilmots, coach of the national football team of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (tbc)
13:45 Dessert is served 
14:00 Speech by HE Pierre-Yves Jeholet, Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Research, Innovation, New technologies, Employment and training of the Walloon Government and presentation of the Belgian chef
14:15 End of the lunch 

About Belgium
In 2017 the FPS Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium created the campaign "Belgium, uniquely phenomenal" to promote a positive image of Belgium with the humorous and modest touch that is characteristic of Belgians.
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Organization
AWEX, Embassy of Belgium, BI&E and FIT
Venue
Restaurant Le Toit d'Abidjan on the 23rd floor of the tower of Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
Time
12:20 to 14:00
Participants
Upon invitation
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