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Welcome to the official website of the Nigeria-Belgium-Luxembourg Business Forum 2023



7th, 8th & 9th, June 2023

About the Forum


Nigeria is the largest trading partner of the European Union, accounting for 60% of EU’s trade with West Africa. However, the trade between most of the countries in Europe has been largely traditional: Oil and Gas. 

​This is same with Belgium. With the rebasing of the Nigerian economy in 2014, it was observed that oil accounted for 12% of the country’s GDP, less than the contribution of Agriculture, Information Technology, Trade, Entertainment and Services.  The Non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy had since then, been contributing substantially to growth and most times about 85% to the GDP of the country. Consequently, the Federal Government continued to diligently pursue the flagship programme, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) (now replaced by the National Development Plan 2021-2025), aimed at stabilising and diversifying the economy. The Federal Government identified agriculture and food security, power, industrialisation, employment and products such as cotton, cement, palm oil, shea abutter, petrochemicals amongst others, as areas of intervention in a bid to improve the export base and revenue generation. Nigeria is galvanizing resources and institutions to raise local production and improve the business environment which has improved considerably.

In cognisance with the policy stance of the present administration, especially, in promoting the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy, the Nigerian Embassy in collaboration with partners including the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce - Brussels and Abuja, A-Law Firm, Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Diplomatic Vista will convene a Business Forum under the Theme “Building Sustainable Partnerships in the Non-oil  Sector” in two locations: Luxembourg and Belgium on the 7th, 8th & 9th June, 2023 respectively.


Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union

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Want to get involved?

Companies that are interested in hosting delegates from the official Nigerian Delegation at their offices can express their interest through

For more information about sponsorship, partnership and speaking opportunities please contact

For press enquiries please contact

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Prof Adesoji Adesugba

Programming Editor



H.E. Ambassador Obinna .C. Onowu

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Head of the Nigerian Delegation to the European Union and to the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

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H.E. Ambassador Daniel Bertrand

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Mrs. Hajja Gana Wakil

Ag Executive Secretary/CEO
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

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Mr. Abubakar Yerima

Director Investment Promotion Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

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Mr. Dirk Verbeke

Sales Director



Mr. Johan Malin

Project Manager

International Financial Institutions

Dept. of International Trade


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Mr. Dominiek Viaene

CEO and Owner

Protex Healthcare

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Mr. Joeri Colson

Deputy Director


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Mr. Rob Deckers

Owner MD Trucks BV

Owner RMR Forwarding BV

Co-owner TDM Motors West Africa

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Mr. Mazowe Bingala

Member of Advisory Board

The Luxembourg Africa Investments Association (LuxAfrica)

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Mr. Benjamin Charles ZINSOU-BODE


CODEB Limited

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Mr. Olivier Dufrasne



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Mr. Philippe Droesbeke

Manager Port Projects

Port of Antwerp-Bruges

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Mr. Geert Peetermans


Incofin Investment Management

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Head Of Sales – Partnerships


Mr. Maxime Istace

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Mrs. Chinedu Rita Rosa


Vines by Rosa


Mr. Marc Beerlandt



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Mr. Hans Cami

Commercial Eng- Senior Business Development Manager

Jan De Nul

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Mrs. Mireille Janssens

Business Development,


Forum's Objectives

The objectives of the Forum include amongst others:

a. Promoting Nigeria as an attractive destination for investment.
b. Increasing bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and Belgium/Luxembourg;
c. Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the Nigerian economy;
d. Sensitizing Belgium and Luxembourg business communities on the opportunities available in the Non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy;
e. Building partnerships and enhance contact between businesses
f. Building sustainable business partnership between the government and private sectors of Nigeria, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The Forum will focus on these sectors:

 Agri-Business
 Health
 Construction/Infrastructure
 Renewable Energy
 Financial Services
 Mining & Solid Minerals
 Tourism
 Telecommunication

 Transport and Logistics

 Food & Beverages

Focus Sectors


The three day event will include the following:

 Plenary/opening Session;
 Thematic Sessions/Panel Discussions
 Country/Sector Presentations/Expo
 B2B/B2G meetings
 Company visits
 Reception at Ambassador’s residence

Expected Outcomes

The meeting is expected to have the following main outcomes:

Promote cooperation between the public and private sectors of the countries;

Secure investment in diverse priority and emerging industries for mutual benefits;

Knowledge sharing on innovative business and financing models, to support private sector engagement in the priority sectors of the Nigerian Economy;

It is also envisaged that the deliberations will lead to actionable suggestions and follow-up actions by stakeholders in the overall context of sustainable business partnerships.

Target Audience

Participants at the Forum would include:

- Policy makers from Nigeria, Belgium and Luxembourg responsible for the implementation of national development policies and strategies in the Trade and Investment, Agriculture, Health, Export and Import Zone, Power and Information and Communication Technology sectors;

- Members of the business communities of the countries; 

- Partners and other interested organizations.

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