Structural partnership with Flanders Investment & Trade

Blue Cluster is working hard to also put our companies on the map internationally. Within this context, we will work more closely with Flanders Investment & Trade over the next five years. The aim is to take internationalisation and the growth of the Flemish economy to an even higher level.
26 November 2021

The blue economy is a strongly growing sector in Flanders, but the space available in the Belgian part of the North Sea is limited. We are therefore focusing on internationalisation to offer our companies the opportunity to keep growing.

Blue Cluster has been working with Flanders Investment & Trade for some time in setting up international activities, but yesterday, this cooperation was formalised in the form of a structural partnership agreement. It was signed by our CEO Marc Nuytemans, Minister-President of Flanders Jan Jambon and FIT managing director Claire Tillekaerts. 

The close cooperation with Flanders Investment & Trade is situated within ‘Flanders accelerates’, the internationalisation strategy for the Flemish economy, coordinated by FIT since 2016. From 2022 to 2026, Blue Cluster will actively work on the implementation of this strategy and help Flemish companies to internationalise more.

All structural partners for 2022-2026





Blue Cluster

DSP Valley

essenscia Flanders


Fevia Flanders




Medtech Flanders


The Beacon

UNIZO International,

VKW Limburg




Blue Cluster can count on FIT’s support in the organisation of group business trips and missions, among other things. For instance, we participated in the International Partnering Forum in Richmond (Virginia) in August with some of our members.

In 2022, we will also work with FIT on various international activities. For instance, a group business trip to Taiwan is planned in October. This mission’s focus will be on offshore wind.

Further information? Feel free to contact us.

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