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27-04-2017

Network mission to Mumbai, headed by Secretary of State Pieter De Crem

Thursday, April 27th, 2017


The fourth and final day of the economic mission to Mumbai began with a meeting with Mr. Ramaswami, the municipal commissioner of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Cooperation. The business delegation visited a water treatment plant that was installed by VITO and the Belgian companies had the opportunity to have direct contacts with technical experts from the city of Mumbai.

After a luncheon with representatives of Belgian companies operating in India, Secretary of State De Crem held a meeting with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He then opened the Fresh Produce fair, an exhibition focusing on fresh fruit and vegetable trade. Belgian exports of apples and pears to India have only really begun in 2014, but since then they have grown enormously. Pieter De Crem also drew attention to the many other fruits and vegetables for which Belgium is known, as well to the excellent quality offered by our companies. Several Belgian companies were also present at the exhibition, including Belgische Fruitveiling, Belorta, Wouters Fruithandel, Calsa, and Bel’Export.

His opening speech is available here.

The day ended with a seminar on logistics, organized by the Indo-Belgian Chamber of Commerce, where Pieter De Crem held a speech in which he highlighted the strengths of Belgium as a logistic hub, thanks to its ports and excellent infrastructure.

The closing remarks of the Secretary of State can be found here.

This was also the end of a very successful mission to Mumbai. The delegation will return to Belgium on Friday 28 April with the direct flight provided by Brussels Airlines.


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