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 Angola (September 2013)

    A "diamond in the rough", that is perhaps the best way to describe Angola. After all, the country has a wealth of natural resources, which must be exploited in a sustainable manner.

    Beyond its petroleum and mining resources, the specific geographic and topographical situation provides a thriving primary sector, both at the level of fishing and agriculture and in terms of natural energy resource capacity.

    The country has shown remarkable economic growth over the last ten years, making it the third largest economy in Africa today.

    The economic mission to Angola will mainly highlight three of the most dynamic sectors: energy, infrastructure and construction, as well as the diamond sector.

    This study was realised in September 2013, in the context of the Belgian economic missions to Angola and South Africa.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Argentina (June 2018)

    Argentina is still the 21st economic power in the world despite the difficulties of the past decade. Despite sudden spikes and the long-term macroeconomic outlook appears to be under control and Argentina once again is able to borrow from international markets, the potential will only really start to show. A new growth phase, based more than ever on cooperation with other countries, is therefore approaching.

    This study was realised in the context of the Belgian economic mission to Argentina & Uruguay in June 2018.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Australia (October 2012)

    While the European Union is going through one of the worst crises in its history and the growth prospects for 2012 look very dim, Australia is experiencing a period of economic stability. The country is the only member of the OECD that did not fall into recession during the crisis of 2008 and 2009. Reference is often made to the reliability of the banking system, but it is above all the increase in commodity trade from the country that was at the root of this trend. The Australian economy is at the forefront of technology in many sectors. An economic mission to Australia therefore offers many opportunities for partnerships in various sectors.

    The Belgian economic mission to Australia, which will take place from 16 to 27 November 2012 and will be presided by HRH Prince Philippe, will mainly focus on three very dynamic domains, namely the mining sector, the transport and logistics sector and the health sector.

    This study was realised in the context of the Belgian economic mission to Australia in November 2012.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Brazil (April 2010)

    BRIC country Brazil is experiencing significant growth and is resisting the economic and financial crisis very well. The study "Brazil" presents the macroeconomic fundamentals of this country. The key sectors that make this country an indispensable trade destination are also explained.

    This study was realised in the context of the Belgian economic mission to Brazil in May 2010.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.

  • Economic study Canada (October 2015)

    As the second largest country by area, Canada offers many opportunities for exporters and foreign investors. The territory is home to an impressive amount of natural resources, an innovative economy and is rich in R&D. A large number of fields, including aerospace, biotechnology, telecommunications and digital animation, are attracting more and more international talent. The country is also considered to be one of the easiest to do business with.

    Our exporters are showing an increasing interest in the west of the country. Like the movie studios of Vancouver, known as the Hollywood of the North, and the tar sands, the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are booming. They are considered by experts to be the economic locomotives of tomorrow's Canada.

    On the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission to will be taking place in Western Canada from October 24 to 31, 2015, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency has published this “Economic Study”. The first chapter is devoted to Canada's macroeconomic situation, while the second includes an analysis of some of the most dynamic sectors: energy (fossil and renewable), ICT, film and digital media, life sciences, aerospace and transportation.

    Document only available in French and Dutch.