There are two reasons for Wallonia’s presence at Mipim: to encourage property developers to invest in Wallonia in the construction of infrastructure adapted to the needs of future industrial investors; and to showcase Wallonia territorial development by highlighting both urban development as well as economic projects, public and private.
For the 13th consecutive year, Wallonia will be represented at Mipim, the international market for property professionals, to be held in Cannes this coming 12 to 15 March. The opportunity, according to Philippe Suinen, Managing Director of the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX), to give a degree of visibility to Wallonia and its “added value”, in areas such as logistics, mobility, the creation of technology parks, urban development and industrial relocation.
[ Stand 05.20-07.19 – Level 01 – Wallonia ]
Everyone involved in Wallonia development present on the stand: the eight inter-municipal economic development corporations, the Port of Liège, the IPW, GRE, WBA and the actors and economic operators from the Wallonia Region’s main cities (Namur, Liège, Andenne, Herstal, Seraing, Verviers) will showcase their property projects in an area of 100 m² called Wallonia-Region.
In addition to these public partners, the reputation of this show as well as its strategic value have aroused strong interest from 9 private partners, project leaders in Wallonia:
- Burco (Piraumont – Braine l’Alleud)
- Cobelba (Andenne city centre)
- IBM (Eurogreen-Futurocité)
- Immobilière du Val Saint Lambert (Crystal Park)
- Wilhelm&Co (La Strada – La Louvière)
The new Wallonia development culture: from a one-stop shop for grants to a project oriented rationale
In all the projects presented, this 2013 edition of MIPIM will highlight the change of culture increasingly evident in Wallonia regional development policy, in line with the contract for the future for Wallonia 2007-2015. The development and implementation of European programs in the Wallonia Region mean that it has been able incorporate new practices of governance.
This change is accompanied by a real revolution in regional investment policy, too often perceived in the past as a “one stop shop” distributor of grants and which is now changing towards promoting cohesion among all the actors in a project (businesses, academies, educators…) based around a long-term vision.