For the 14th consecutive year since its inception, Belgium participates in Project Lebanon with an official national pavilion superintended by the Commercial Service department at the Belgian Embassy in Beirut. This year, the Belgian pavilion includes 9 companies, in addition to 3 companies from Luxembourg. It is Luxembourg's fourth participation in Project Lebanon.
Belgium is considered one of the major trade partners of Lebanon. The the volume of exports from Belgium to Lebanon has steadily increased in the past few years, reaching to 307 million euros in 2012 to, or to approximately $ 400 million, 7.5% up from 2011. Jewelry, particularly diamonds, chemical products, pharmaceuticals, electrical machinery, and food products constitute the major part of these exports.
In an effort to promote trade between the two countries, AWEX (Wallonia Export and Investment), a government agency responsible for stimulating economic activity in the Wallonia region in Belgium, The Trade and Foreign Investment Council in the Territory of Brussels, Brussels Invest & Export, in addition to the Investment and Foreign Trade Council in The Province of Flanders (Flanders Investment & Trade) support the Belgian and companies from Luxemburg.
This year, the Belgian and the companies from Luxemburg participating in Project Lebanon 2013 showcase a wide range of products and services that include the latest innovations in the field of construction materials and the latest technologies that have been developed in the field of construction material such as polyvinylchloride tubes and fittings, Belgian fiber and specifically polypropylene fibers, structural and lifting equipment such as elevators, ligaments and cables and all that has to do with lifting and transport of materials, innovative and sustainable aluminum solutions for windows, doors and curtain walls, advanced solutions for flooring, especially concrete surfaces, industrial pigments and accessories and raw materials for the manufacture of paints and ink, products and interiors made of polystyrene expanded and polyurethane molded and other polymers, lighting equipment, lighting and light measurement systems, steel, abrasives, sealants, and many others. An information office in the pavilion will provide visitors with all the information they need regarding all available products and services.
Belgium has a long history in executing large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, and long-standing experience in the services and products associated with this sector, which occupies an important place in the Belgian national economy. Project Lebanon provides a rare opportunity for Belgian companies to showcase their products and establish new links with local partners. In this context, the fact that many of the companies participating in this year's edition have already participated in previous years, their return signals confidence in the Lebanese economy, despite everything that is happening in the region, and their faith in the success of the show creating business opportunities, in addition to their content to level of experienced and professional organization of the exhibition by IFP (International Fairs and Promotions).