Belgium attracted 267 foreign investments last year, resulting in the creation of 5,401 jobs, according to a recent survey by Ernst & Young.
That makes Belgium the fifth most attractive European country for foreign investors, behind France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.
Of the 267 projects, 197 were new investments, which constitutes a record.
American companies are the main foreign investors in Belgium, with a total of 45 projects, followed by France (42).
One of the most significant trends emerging is the growing importance of clean technologies.
Sectors receiving the most investment projects are sales and marketing (105), manufacturing (60) and logistics (51). These three sectors accounted for more than 80% of foreign investment.
Flanders remains the region that attracts the most foreign investment in Belgium (127 projects), followed by Brussels (76) and Wallonia (63), with the latter two regions growing by 25% and 33% respectively.
The Brussels Times