On 24 February 2016 a unique Ministerial-level multi-stakeholder conference took place in the Belgian Senate in Brussels, presided over by Industrial Dialogue Group Co-Chairmen Prof. Mark Eyskens, former Prime Minister of Belgium, and Mr. Willem Van Twembeke, Executive Vice-President of ENGIE.
The conference highlighted the views both from emerging economies and investors. Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Resources Dr. Rizal Ramli, presiding over a 57 billion USD infrastructure budget, called on the European Union to differentiate its current China-focused strategy into a true Asia strategy. Highlighting Indonesia’s prioritizing of an EU-Indonesia free trade agreement he pleaded for an adequate EU approach partnering with national/local industries ensuring an adequate balance between funding and investment offers.
Read the full brief report here (PDF). An elaborate report will be available soon.