The economic studies aim to provide the reader with a macroeconomic overview. They also list the key sectors that offer important opportunities for our Belgian export companies.
  • Economic study Ivory Coast (October 2017)

    The country's future looks brighter than ever after the rapid catching-up that Ivory Coast recorded following the clashes at the beginning of this decade. In 2016, Ivory Coast was among the world's top five growth countries and, thanks to a regained stability and a business-friendly government, everything points to this trend continuing in the coming years.

    This study was realised on the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to Ivory Coast in October 2017.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Japan (May 2012)

    Japan is a destination of choice for Belgian exporters (thanks to) with a market (with) of over 127 million inhabitants and one of the world's highest GDPs per capita. An old Japanese proverb says that "the snow will never break the branch of a willow". One year after the Fukushima disaster, analysts are formal: Japan is rebuilding and will emerge strengthened from the crisis.

    In particular, the sectors of health, environmental technology, ICT as well as the consumption of luxury goods are booming in Japan. These sectors will be particularly highlighted during the joint Belgian economic mission led by HRH Prince Philippe that will take place from 9 to 16 June 2012.

    This economic study was made on the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to Japan in June 2012.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Kazakhstan (July 2010)

    Kazakhstan is a young country (it became independent in 1991) with many natural resources and has almost all the elements in Mendeliev's table. However, the income from oil is particularly important.

    The 1st part of this study outlines the macro-economic basis of Kazakhstan and its impact in terms of foreign trade. Then some opportunity sectors for our Belgian companies are presented. The study concludes with the chapter entitled "Etiquette", which deals with certain local customs that should facilitate local contacts.

    This study was realised on the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to Kazakhstan in October 2010.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Malaysia (October 2014)

    As the third largest power within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia generates 13% of the region's wealth. In 2014, growth is estimated at 5.7%.

    "Vision 2020" aims to increase GDP per capita and transition Malaysia from a "middle-income country" to a "high-income country". Several programmes are aimed at guiding the country towards the realisation of this ambitious challenge.

    Malaysia does not lack assets to attract exporters. The liberalisation of its economy stimulates trade relations, attracts more foreign capital and contributes to the country's rise in international competitiveness rankings.

    On the occasion of the joint Belgian economic mission from 22 to 28 November 2014, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency has published an "economic study". The first chapter is dedicated to Malaysia's macroeconomic situation, while the second includes an analysis of four dynamic sectors in which the trade opportunities are numerous: Islamic finance, cleantech, construction and healthcare. This is followed by a selection of recent success stories of Belgian companies in Malaysia.

    This study was realised on the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to Malaysia and Singapore in November 2014.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Mexico (January 2019)

    Mexico has a large internal market, which is growing thanks to the reforms carried out under the ambitious Pacto por México programme. The country also has an extensive network of international trade agreements. New agreements with both the European Union and the United States & Canada are also in the pipeline. It is therefore an excellent time to discover the market.

    This study was realised on the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to Mexico in February 2019.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.