Jordanian businessmen receive Belgian honours

Amman, Belgian Ambassador, Hendrik Van de Velde, Saturday discussed with Jordanian businessman, Biker’s Choice CEO, Shukri Salfiti, efforts to launch a Jordanian-Belgian business council.

King Philippe of Belgium has awarded two honorary medals to both Salfiti and founder and CEO of PanMed Energy, Shermine Dajani, for their remarkable efforts in developing business and trade relations between the two countries.

During a meeting with the envoy, in which Salfiti was awarded a Belgian honour, the two sides said that the imminent founding of the council will usher in new scopes of economic cooperation between the two countries and will contribute to enhancing bilateral economic and trade ties.

In remarks to the press, the Belgian ambassador hailed the role of the business community in the Kingdom and the Jordanian businessmen’s interest in developing their business through benefiting from the expertise of their Belgian peers, noting that Belgium ranked fifth among countries exporting their products to Jordan, as well as being among the top European nations that received Jordanian exports last year.

He stressed that trade and economic relations with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are solid, pointing out that Belgium is one of the most important countries that export chemicals, industrial machinery, heating and electronic systems for elevators, valves and sanitary equipment, as well as confectionery, chocolate and bakery and dairy products.

The envoy said that Belgium is known for its diamond exports, which accounts for five percent of its exports, adding that the country is developing unique partnerships with jewelry traders in Jordan to provide quality assurance.

He pointed out that the volume of trade between the two countries was about 250 million euros last year, while the value of Jordanian exports to Belgium stood at 57 million euros, mainly medicines and textiles.

Van De Velde said Belgian exports to Jordan reached Euros 250 million last year, while Jordan exported to the European nation the value of Euros 57 million.

Sources: Jordan News Agency