Comments of H.E. Bruno van der Pluijm, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada, after attending BCBC’s event Belgians in Canada on Feb 12, 2014.
Special thanks to Toronto’s CG Johan Casaer, our speakers François Magnée, General Manager, Puratos Canada Inc, Carlos A.P. Chalico, Director Eastern Region and Olivier Van der Elst, Senior SAP FICO Consultant of Ouest Business Solutions Inc; our newest members: Elisa Hadjucek, Claire-Lise Beauchesne, and William Van Loo; and you for joining us and making our event Belgians in Canada a great success!!!
Thanks Luca Viorel for taking many wonderful pictures that night: www.youradonline.ca
Starting with the Canadian-Belgian trade, Canadian exports to Belgium amounted to $ 289 million in October but went down to $ 161 million in November, then down again to $ 133 million in December. Canadian imports from Belgium, on their side, amounting to $ 180 million in October, went up to $190 million in November but down to $152 million in December. No doubt seasonal fluctuations influence our bilateral trade and it will be interesting to see its evolution in the coming months.
Canada‘s overall merchandise imports meanwhile grew 1.2% while exports increased only 0.9% in December, widening the country’s foreign trade deficit from $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion. Imports grew to $41.4 billion, higher imports of energy products (+22.6%) leading the overall increase. Imports of basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products and metal ores and non-metallic minerals grew as well while imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts, motor vehicles and parts and electronic and electrical equipment were down. Continue reading