Doing Business in Wallonia

In this issue

The region offers investors cheap land, an educated labour force, tax breaks and good infrastructure

Overview: Location at heart of EU confers advantages

The region offers investors cheap land, an educated labour force, tax breaks and good infrastructure

Road signs

Logistics: Aim is to build on hub status

Biotech is being targeted to develop existing expertise, says Simon Mee

Logistics case study: the ‘Trilogiport’ in Liège

Belgium’s largest inland port may be at a turning point with the forthcoming launch of a multimodal logistics facility, writes Simon Mee

Taxation: Debt casts a shadow over incentives

Breaks for investors remain generous but budgets face a squeeze, reports Stanley Pignal

Foreign investors: Hopes are on China to revive industrial fortunes

Initiatives are targeted at attracting Asian capital after a blow to the steel sector, writes Simon Mee

Tintin billboard

Hergé museum: Cartoon character helps unify the nation

Stanley Pignal explores the connections of one of the most famous Belgians, albeit a fictional one

Belgian chocolates

Chocolatiers savour sales to emerging market new rich

Russia and the Middle East are refining their taste in luxury foods

Industrial policy: Authorities look for a boost from high-tech

After a late start, a shift in emphasis is paying off, says Simon Mee

Economy: Austerity to kick in after political paralysis

Spending cuts by the new government are inevitable, as debt nears 100 per cent of GDP, reports Stanley Pignal

Life sciences: Minnows loosen grip of big pharma

SMEs are spearheading the growth of new industries, finds Simon Mee

Energy: Growing wind power sector intent on generating jobs

The country has some of Europe’s most appealing wind patterns, says Joshua Chaffin