Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

At the request of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber is making available these documents on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, which Belgium has adhered to since 1999.

This Convention establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. Please click on the following links for more details on this Convention.

Business with Belgium Trade & Investment Seminar – May 1, 2013

The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber is pleased to continue its three-part seminar series that will explore the growing opportunities in Belgium, the challenges companies may encounter, as well as the resources and strategies to succeed.

This second seminar will discuss the opportunities in the Brussels Region for Canadian companies, Canadian resources for Europeans coming to Canada, and practical advice from leading global law and accounting firms.

  • Official Welcome, Johan Casaer, Consul of Belgium in Toronto on behalf of His Excellency Bruno van der Pluijm, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada
  • Bart Schobben, Trade Commissioner Brussels Invest & Export – Vancouver – Why Brussels is attractive for Canadian investors
  • Alicia I. Bulwik, MRAIC, MCIP, RPP,
 Senior Advisor,
 Business & Professional Services -
Special Projects, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto – Why Toronto
  • Greg McNab, Baker & McKenzie LLP – What does the European economic crisis mean for Canadian companies
  • Deloitte -TBA

Canadian international merchandise trade, February 2013 statistics

Statistics juste released by Statscan reveal that Canada’s merchandise exports decreased 0.6% in February, while imports edged up 0.1%. As a result, Canada’s trade deficit with the world widened from $746 million in January to $1 billion in February.

Exports decreased to $38.5 billion, as volumes were down 0.6%. Overall, exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products contributed the most to the decline. This was partially offset by an increase in motor vehicles and parts. Continue reading