In the prestigious premises of Egmont Palace in the heart of the Brussels Sablon, an important conference took place. It was organised by the European Association of Entrepreneurs from here and elsewhere (and the platform PMEb+), chaired by Mrs Delphine Bourgeois and had as main issues: “Cultural diversity as main factor of creation of economic growth”.
Chairwoman Delphine BOURGEOIS gathered a high-level panel of speakers to discuss the contribution of cultural diversity to the economic life of Brussels and Belgium. A different cultural background is often seen as a problem. A different cultural background can sometimes also be seen as a great factor of enpowerment and enrichment. The conference also aimed to focus on the contribution of entrepreneurs to social and economic life of Brussels, one of the most multicultural cities in the world with the presence of the European Institutions. They create economic activity and non-relocable employment.
Belgium is also an important vector for international investment. H.E. Samir ADDHARE, Ambassador of Morocco to the Kingdom of Belgium held a brillant pledge for stronger economic ties between Belgium and Morocco and highlighted the presence of talentuous Moroccan entrepreneurs who belong to the moroccan elite.
Alpha NIAKY BARI, former ambassador and chairman of the friends of the EU-Africa partnerships highlighted the need to integrate cultural diversity into the economic picture of Brussels and Europe.
Different other speakers highlighted the importance of cultural diversity to strengthen ties between Belgium and third countries. Paul FRIX (CDE), Maurice VERMEESH, Dr. KALEAGASI focused on the importance of partnership, the private sector and SME’s which are the drive behind the revival in Belgium and elsewhere. Brussels Invest & Export explained the opportunities ans financial supports.
BECI managing director Olivier WILLOCX highlighted the need to acceptdiversity in Brussels, a fact which will be more and more important in the coming years.
About 15 ambassadors from different regions of the world attended this very important symposium.
This association will hold a new conference in March in the European Parliament.
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