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Timeline

1991
January

VDBH is founded

The Foreign Trade Agency of Flanders (VDBH) is founded. 

1993
December

DIV is founded

The Flanders Foreign Investment Office (DIV) is founded.

1996
July

VDBH becomes Export Vlaanderen

VDBH is transformed into Export Vlaanderen, headed by a managing director.

 

2004
May

FIT is founded

Export Flanders and the Flanders Foreign Investment Office merge to form FIT

2005
June

Appointment board of directors

FIT gets its own board of directors. Christ'l Joris becomes the first chairman.

2007
January

Management Agreement 1.0

The first management agreement between FIT and the government of Flanders is signed.

2012
January

New Managing Director

Claire Tillekaerts becomes CEO of FIT.

2013
February

Foreign Investment Trophy

FIT presents the Foreign Investment Trophy for the 1st time, underscoring the importance of foreign investments in Flanders.

2015
January

New chairman

Bruno Segers is appointed chairman of the board of directors.

2015
March

Business Plan 2015-2019

The government of Flanders approves FIT's 2015-2019 business plan.

2016
January

FIES

FIT organizes the 1st Flanders International Economic Summit together with more than 80 partners and companies.

2016
June

Export Fair

FIT organizes the first edition of the Export Fair at Tour & Taxis - Brussels.

2017
December

Brexit Helpdesk

FIT launches a helpdesk that Flanders-based companies can contact with all their questions about the Brexit.

2019
April

Conquer the World

Together with partners, FIT launches VeroverDeWereld.be, (“Conquer the World”), a unique web platform for Flanders-based companies that want to participate in events related to international business.

2019
May

FIES II

FIT organizes the second Flanders International Economic Summit. The branding for 'Flanders Accelerates!' is presented to partners and companies.

2020
March

Business Plan 2020

The 2020 business plan is approved by the government of Flanders.

2020
May

New chairman

Sonja Willems is appointed chairman of the board of directors.

2021
March

Business Plan 2020

The 2020 business plan is approved by the government of Flanders.

2021
September

Export Lion Award

FIT presents its 'Leeuw van de Export' (Export Lion) for the 20th time: an award for companies in Flanders with notable export results.

2022
March

Foreign Investment Trophy

FIT highlighted the importance of foreign investments for Flanders’ economy, job creation and prosperity for the tenth year in a row with the Foreign Investment Trophy.

2022
April

FIES III

FIT organiseert de derde Flanders International Economic Summit. Het platform Flanders Tech Ecosystem wordt voorgesteld aan partners en bedrijven.

Our structure

FIT is an external independent agency within the government of Flanders that falls under the policy domain 'Chancellery, Administration, Foreign Affairs and Justice'. 

The competent minister is Jan Jambon, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flanders’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Digitization and Facility Management.

FIT is headed by a CEO, assisted by a board of directors.

Organizational chart of FIT

Our budgets

Operating budget
46.5 million euros
Subsidy budget
11.7 million euros
Extra budget
1 million euros
A study by the International Trade Centre shows that FIT's mission is well worth the investment. For every dollar spent on trade promotion, $87 is added in exports and GDP is increased by $384.
Claire Tillekaerts
CEO, Flanders Investment & Trade
Foto Claire Tillekaerts

Our partners

From January 1, 2022 to the end of 2026, FIT will join forces with 21 structural partners. Through coordination and cross-fertilization of all efforts, one plus one becomes three. The partners include sector federations and clusters, but also bilateral Chambers of Commerce, business associations, incubators and so on.

In addition, we also work closely with strategic research centres, Flemish and federal government organizations and maintain strong ties with other trade promotion agencies at Belgian and European level.

Curious about the results of our operations?

Discover more about the results of FIT.