The Middle East opts for Belgian medical technology

Given that Belgium is ranked world first in the field of healthcare in the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 published by the World Economic Forum, the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FBE) is attempting to develop new spheres of international cooperation in the medical sector by establishing cooperation partnerships with private and public partners around the world.

It was to this end that, in 2007, the FBE created the non-profit association HealthCare Belgium. This association brings together Belgian hospitals and several private companies that specialise in medical technology in order to add value to Belgium’s healthcare offering.

The initiative has met with resounding success, as in Brussels in July of this year HealthCare Belgium received the Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr Hilal Musaed al-Sayer to sign an agreement protocol to intensify cooperation in the sharing of healthcare expertise between Kuwait and Belgium. This agreement aims in particular to set up breast cancer screening clinics that conform to Belgian and European standards in six Ministry of Health hospitals in Kuwait.

At the same time, an agreement was also signed with the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish long-term relationships in the fields of education, medical technology and the treatment of patients. The plan in the longer term is for a hospital to be built in Jeddah.

The aim of these agreements is to realise the value of university competences and Belgian clinical medical expertise and so create economic growth and jobs.

Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr Hilal Musaed Al-Sayer and Mr Thomaes, president of Healthcare Belgium   
Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr Hilal Musaed Al-Sayer and Mr Thomaes, president of Healthcare Belgium  

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