13 Sep 2012

Speaker: Mr. Evert Marechal on Belgium and Business Opportunities

Our Birthday Boy today was Rtn Michael Wan, acting President Betty presented a bottle of red wine to him as birthday gift and PP Paul led us sang the birthday song to him.

Our speaker today was Mr. Evert Maréchal to talk about “Belgium, Country of Business Opportunities”.  Evert born in 1964 is Consul General of Belgium to Hong Kong and Macao. His Primary objective is to promote bilateral relations between Hong Kong, Macao and Belgium in every respect, but his focus is on economic diplomacy. Prior to his posting to Hong Kong, he worked as a diplomat at the European Union’s institutions and the Belgian Foreign Ministry in Brussels, dealing with a broad range of issues such as competitiveness, international trade, transport, energy, environment and research. He started his diplomatic career at the Embassy of Belgium in Moscow in 1992 and subsequently represented Belgium at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the World Trade Organization in Geneva and the Council of Ministers of the European Union in Brussels.

Belgium shares borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.  Belgium’s strongly globalized economy and its transport infrastructure are integrated with the rest of Europe. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helped make it the world’s 15th largest trading nation in 2007. The economy is characterized by a highly productive work force, high GNP and high exports per capita. Its main exports are machinery and equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, and foodstuffs.

Education is compulsory from six to 18 years of age for Belgians. Among OECD countries in 2002, Belgium had the third-highest proportion of 18–21 year-olds enrolled in postsecondary education, at 42%.

With high literacy worker can speak at least three different languages, convenient geographical location in the heart of Europe and reasonable living standard, Belgium is a good place to invest.

Mr. Maréchal also explained that Belgium with low tax rate and reasonable living cost and high.

Our Sergeant, Rtn Michael Wan collected HK$800 for raffle and fines, Mr. Maréchal draw the raffle gift as a box of Belgium Chocolate and two bottles of Belgium Beer, the winner was Rtn Michael Wan.