Flanders: foreign companies create record number of jobs
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Last year, foreign investors created a record number of 5,377 new jobs in Flanders. This is the highest number in fifteen years. De Tijd is reporting this on Tuesday, based on figures from the Flanders Investment and Trade agency (FIT).
In total, foreign businesses invested some €2.08 billion in 2017, spread over some 2,015 projects in the north of the country. The leading investors are, by far, the United States, ahead of our neighbours who are the Netherlands, Germany and France.
In four out of ten cases, these are new investments, the remainder being the increase in existing activities, mergers or acquisitions. As regards foreign investment, 2016 was not successful owing to the March 22nd attacks in Brussels and Zaventem.