Aug 28 2016
August 28, 2016


28- AUGUST -2016
Within the framework of the 5th BSO Cooperation & Mentoring Programme CEEBA in cooperation with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce will hold a two-day workshop will be held on the 28th and 29thof August at the premises of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce on



The event will give in depth information for SMEs from the Alexandria Governerate on the regulations and the process of exporting agro-food products to the EU.
Many BSOs and agro-food enterprises in Egypt are still missing a structured, comprehensive understanding of EU market access rules as well as experience in working with efficient tools for promoting trade proposals in the EU.
This workshop aims to provide the tools to simplify this complex process and offer an introduction to the internationalisation of services and doing business with the EU in particular. The course will shed light on a wide range of websites, databases and model documents that may be consulted for helping local exporters with information on:
EU Import duties and formalities, e.g. rules of origin for preferential trade with the EU
EU product legislation, with a focus on foodstuffs rules (technical, labelling, packaging, hygiene rules), explained via a specific tool (checklist)
Finding business partners via various forums + use of a template which is used by the EEN network of the European Commission
The workshop will be held by Luc Van Looveren, a Senior Advisor in EU relations from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland. He previously held similar seminars in Western Balkan countries, Turkey, etc..

Who should attend?

This course is addressed to SMEs form the agri-business and food sector as well as BSOs. The agricultural sector is of critical importance to Egypt’s economy and plays an important role in the recovery of the economy.
Almost a quarter of Egypt’s GDP accounts from the agricultural sector, employing more than 6 million people and consisting of more than 6000 businesses. Its further development is crucial in order to ensure food security and welfare of the Egyptians.

The organizers of this workshop are the Voka – CCI Antwerp-Waasland, Belgium, CEEBA , the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
Over the past decade, CEEBA was the Egyptian partner in a host of regional and bilateral initiatives in mentoring and assisting exporters with information, search for business partners, organizing business missions, in general as well as in the agro-foods sector.

Voka – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland made it to one of its core competences to analyse for – and present to – companies wishing to do business in the EU a wide range of information elements and guidance to understand some complicated matters (e.g. EU legislation in the field of agricultural products) and at the same guide these enterprises in promoting their trade and cooperation profiles in European countries.