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This 15th edition of the Export Lion awards have been won by Aucxis of Stekene, East Flanders, a small company in the highly specialised field of auction and sales systems, and by MediaGeniX of Groot-Bijgaarden, which makes broadcast management software. The awards are given out annually by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) to companies that have shown strong export performance.

On 10 May, Flanders’ Minister-President Geert Bourgeois opened a new office of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The representation will operate in the entire Baltic region and cover not only Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia as well. The region’s strategic position is of paramount importance in opening an office abroad at this precise location.

In 2015, Flemish exports were worth over 300 billion euro, the highest value ever, according to a first analysis by Flanders Investment & Trade of the import and export figures supplied by the Institute of National Accounts within the National Bank of Belgium. 

Flanders’ Minister-President Geert Bourgeois leads a Flemish economic mission to India from 24 to 28 April. It is the largest economic mission ever: no less than 84 participants will explore commercial opportunities in Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. In total, 55 Flemish companies and sector federations have registered.  Flanders Investment & Trade organises the mission.

On 24 February, Japanese chemical company Nippon Shokubai was awarded the Investment of the Year Trophy at the fourth Foreign Investment Trophy event organized by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). The award is aimed at promoting and encouraging sustainable foreign investments in Flanders to strengthen the economic position and prospects of the region.  

On 24 February, Swedish company Volvo Cars, owned by Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010, was announced winner of the third Lifetime Achievement Trophy. The Lifetime Achievement Trophy event is designed by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) to reward foreign investors for their ongoing commitment to the Flanders region.