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In 2014 AWEX will continue its policy of focussing on an annual “target market” that appears attractive and rich in opportunities for Walloon companies. After south and south-east Brazil in 2013, the Agency’s target market in 2014 will be Switzerland.

Switzerland will be the subject of structured action to promote Walloon enterprises’ visibility and know-how and Wallonia’s potential as fertile soil for foreign investment.

Based on an analysis of the most attractive synergies between Wallonia and Switzerland, AWEX considers that in 2014 it will be of benefit to organise missions in the life science, mechanical engineering, food and agriculture, research, development and innovation, aerospace and information and communication technology sectors as well as missions focussing on the international organisations based in Geneva. In all, no less than twelve foreign trade events and two foreign investment events will be arranged covering this market.

Attracting investors to Wallonia

Switzerland is also an interesting country from the point of view of attracting foreign investors. Of course, this country has major comparative advantages that have attracted many international groups to its territory. Swiss companies – recognised throughout the world – are also very numerous. But today, some of Switzerland’s advantages are being called into question and the strength of the franc in relation to the euro is putting pressure on its prices and its competitiveness. Wallonia can position itself as an interesting sub-contracting or logistics partner for groups in Switzerland seeking quality alternatives at competitive prices. A “win-win” solution that could guarantee them continued success, by opting for a part of their development or distribution in our region.

2014 action programme in Switzerland, a target market

In 2014, AWEX is planning a series of promotion and sales prospecting events in the Swiss market focussed on Walloon companies’ wishes, in sectors that are considered to be a priority from the point of view of our exports. Walloon enterprises’ know-how and Wallonia’s potential as fertile soil for foreign investment could also be promoted.

Please find below the outline of this action plan:

 

ACTIONS

PLACE

DATE

SECTORS

Target market launch seminar Wallonia 27 January 2014 Multi-sector
Round table on the Swiss food and agriculture industry (processed products) Wallonia 27 January 2014 Food and agriculture
Life science mission Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Basel 31 March 2014 to 04 April 2014 Life sciences
Collective presence at VITAFOODS food and agriculture fair Geneva 6-8 May 2014 Food and agriculture
Contact day in the food ingredients sector Geneva, Lausanne, Vevey 09 May 2014 Food and agriculture
Invitation to CERN buyers Brussels 4-6 June 2014 Engineering / ICT
Invitation to buyers in the food and agriculture sector Wallonia (Liège) 15 September 2014 Food and agriculture
Invitation to buyers from UN organisations in the health sector Brussels October 2014 Multi-sector
Seminar / R&D and Innovation contact days To be determined December 2014 Research / innovation
Mechanical engineering mission To be determined 27-29 November 2014 Engineering / New materials

 

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Google, Microsoft, GSK, Baxter, Décathlon and many others have already opted in favour of Wallonia. They have developed their activities there, attracted by the research grants, the geographical position at the heart of Europe and the quality of the logistics infrastructures. AWEX also provides free services and full support to businesses wanting to locate in Wallonia: research into subsidies, business premises, skilled personnel, training, etc.