Do Great Business in Wallonia with CCI Wallonie
October 22, 2020
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If you want to do business in Belgium, you should learn about CCI Wallonie.
The Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI Wallonie) helps businesses in Wallonia. CCI Wallonie organises the Walloon network of business services.
In this article, you can find everything you need to know about CCIW!
Business in Wallonia
CCI Wallonie brings together the five Chambers of Commerce of Wallonia.
Belgium is a federal state. Wallonia is one of the three federal regions of Belgium. It is situated in the southern part of Belgium, where the official languages are French and German.
It is their only representative. It ensures the delivery of its members’ projects.
After World War II, the importance of heavy industry in Wallonia declined, for instance. CCI is here to support businesses in Wallonia.
The five local Chambers cover the whole Walloon Region:
- Wallonie Picarde
- Brabant Wallon
- Liège – Verviers – Namur
- Luxembourg Belge
These are French-speaking Chambers. Each of them represents a province in Wallonia. Don’t get confused with the province of Walloon Brabant and the Flemish Brabant!
The Chamber of Commerce represents 6,000 companies and has 68 employees.
It also includes the Chamber of Commerce of Eupen Malmedy St-Vith. It is an associate member and a German-speaking Chamber. It has the Walloon Union of Enterprises (UWE) as a partner.
Indeed, there is a German-speaking community in the eastern part of Wallonia.
Furthermore, the Chamber serves as vice president of the CPCCAF (Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones).
Philippe Barras is the president since June 2020.
He will be the new ambassador of CCI Wallonie in the network of Flemish, Brussels and the international Chambers of Commerce.
Above all, Philippe will support the Chamber in its neutral third-party missions with companies, economic operators, and public institutions.
The CCI Wallonie brings together companies of all sizes and sectors. Its goal is to provide its members with support. It assists them in the development of their projects, their growth, and their success.
The Chamber of Commerce operates on the Walloon, Belgian, European and international levels.
Most recently, the CCI Wallonie has organised information sessions about Brexit. It has organised commercial missions in Nigeria and Benin.
It also hosted various networking events, such as CCI Liège – Verviers – Namur’s Meet’in Music. Business and networking events are key to success in the business environment.
CCI Wallonie offers a range of services:
- Business centre: The Chambers offer a space for entrepreneurs and companies to conduct business and meet in a professional setting.
- Communication: CCI Wallonie helps businesses be more visible through their various communication channels.
- International: It gives entrepreneurs advice regarding international exports and legislation.
- Events: It organises different networking and educational events to support companies in their growth.
- Development: CCI Wallonie accompanies businesses throughout their development, giving advice and help with all their business projects and needs.
It is fundamental to get in touch with CCI Wallonie if you want to do business in Wallonia.
How to become a member
In order to become a member, you can go to the website of the relevant regional CCI Wallonie Chamber of Commerce. You can fill in a form or contact them directly.
Moderators are responsible for specific networks or Chambers of Commerce. Moderators work directly for the Chambers of Commerce.
They are there to help entrepreneurs. They can give advice about communications, information on companies or local markets. They can arrange introductions with other entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs can directly contact any moderator from another Chamber of Commerce. This means they have access to local market information and trustworthy contacts from Chambers of Commerce throughout the world.
Here are the moderators for the CCI Wallonie Chambers:
- Wallonie Picarde – Antoine Vandeputte
- Hainaut – Gaëtan Di Gravio
- Walloon Brabant – Ben Deleers
- Liège – Verviers – Namur – Anne Pirlet
- Luxembourg Belge – Stephanie Wanlin
You can find the main CCI Wallonie offices at Avenue Robert Schuman 101, 1401 Nivelles, Belgium.
CCI Wallonie and CONNECTS
In 2020, CCI Wallonie decided to join CONNECTS. Since then, its members had access to thousands of business opportunities around the world.
The six public Chambers of Wallonia have collectively already invited almost 5000 of their members. From various sectors, they joined and used CONNECTS.
CONNECTS is the perfect way to increase your business network in a post-covid world. As a member, you can access CCI Wallonie’s networks, but the list of networks is always growing.
We also have a range of partners whom we are in constant communication with to improve the platform.
The bigger your network is, the more you can make your company grow and prosper.
Do you want to make your company grow? Join CONNECTS and discover a world of new business opportunities you can trust.
You can also read our article that gives an overview of the different Chambers in Belgium.
The platform is a Business and Chamber Directory and it hosts different Chambers from all over the world.
You can start our free trial for new members.
If you are a member of a participating Chamber, you can join our business platform for free.
If you are interested in finding out more about the types of opportunities on CONNECTS, check out our opportunities page.