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Founded in 1964 by a group of Belgian business men whose main concern was to preserve both commercial and cultural relations with Africa, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture | Belgium-Luxembourg-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific “CBL-ACP” – formerly the Belgo-African Chamber of Commerce – aims to develop the relationship and contacts with the ACP countries.

The CBL-ACP pursues following objectives:

  • the development of a favourable relationship between Belgium & Luxembourg and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to stimulate industrial, technological, commercial, agricultural and cultural exchanges;
  • providing support to all interested parties in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg looking for opportunities in the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and vice versa.

With a permanent representation in more than 25 countries the CBL-ACP network consists of local members of the private sector, well equipped to assist in the prospection, the promotion and on-site support of international partnership projects.

With a permanent representation in more than 25 countries the CBL-ACP network consists of local members of the private sector, well equipped to assist in the prospection, the promotion and on-site support of international partnership projects.

In Brussels 25 bilateral sections actively boost partnerships. Collaborating with the regional public promotion agencies for exploration and investment the CBL-ACP each year gets actively involved in organizing trade missions both domestic and abroad. The Chamber welcomes high-level foreign delegations and invites European traders to meet with representatives of both the public and the private sectors from the ACP-countries. The CBL-ACP represents the Belgian private sector and is actively involved on a Belgo-Luxembourg level in making imminent partnerships both efficient and win-win.

The CBL-ACP cooperates closely with three regional agencies promoting export and investment in order to advise and assist you in your international expansion: “l’Agence wallonne à l’Exportation et aux Investissements étrangers” (Walloon agency for export and foreign investment) or AWEX, “Brussels Invest Export” or BIE, and “Flanders Investment and Trade” or FIT.

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As a member, you will regularly receive:

  • Invitations to attend our events (seminars, breakfast-meetings, information sessions, round table discussions, …) and to participate in our economic missions both incoming and outgoing
  • Our weekly newsletter with recent articles, information on offers, future projects, new regulations and/or incentives introduced by ACP-countries, international events, …
  • Our analysis and quarterly magazine “Perspectives”
  • Our commercial directory.

Your company will be presented in our magazine, in our annual directory and on our website www.cbl-acp.be. You will receive assistance from our board members, counsellors, head of bilateral sections in Belgium and our permanent representatives stationed in ACP-countries.

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Baron Maurice Velge, stichter Polytra, overleden | Flows

The CBL-ACP regrets to announce that the founder of Polytra, an active member of the CBL-ACP, Baron Maurice Velge, died last Sunday at the age of 84.

Baron Maurice Velge started his career in 1961 with the agency Grisar.
Five years later it became the shipping agency Grisar & Velge.
In 1973 he founded Polytra. Polytra was active in transports to and from Africa and in the growing chemical sector from Antwerp.
In 2018 he sold POLYTRA to the Swiss group FRACHT.

At the age of thirty he was already chairman of AGHA (Antwerp Port Federation), where he remained active until 1991. From 1976 to 1982 he chaired the Antwerp Shipping Federation. From 1985 to 1991 he was also chairman of Assiport (Port of Antwerp Promotion Association). He was also co-founder of APEC (Antwerp Port Enginering & Consulting).

Besides ‘his’ Polytra, he was also active as chairman of Belgian New Fruit Wharf, Belgian New Fruit Wharf Trucking, Belfruco, Belgian Coastal Agencies and P&O Containers Europe. During his career he has been active as a director at Conti7, Bekaert and Banque Bruxelles Lambert.

The CBL-ACP extends its deepest condoleances to the members of the Velge family.



In this period of relaxation of the containment measures the CBL-ACP team and our offices remain accessible by calling our number

+32 2 512 99 50.

Should you like to meet one of our collaborators please note that it will only be possible by appointment and by sending a mail in advance to :

info@cbl-acp.be or didier.verhelst@cbl-acp.be

We thank you for your kind support and cooperation.

In the meantime, wishing you and your loved ones good health.

CBL-ACP team.

The CBL-ACP magazine

Every three months a magazine is published containing complete files on ACP-countries (i.e. countries from North Africa, from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific) detailing their economic priorities, general information and related activities of the Chamber.