The Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX) is the Wallonia Region of Belgium's government agency in charge of foreign trade promotion and foreign investment attraction. The agency has a worldwide network of 107 Economic and Trade Attachés. AWEX is ISO 9001 certified since April 2002. As a foreign trade agency, AWEX carries out a mission of promotion and information for the benefit of both Wallonia and the foreign business community. AWEX assists buyers, decisionmakers,importers and foreign prospects by: • Providing economic data on Wallonia and its export potential • Disseminating information on products and services from companies located in Wallonia • Identifying companies in Wallonia for international partnerships • Distributing lists of exporters from Wallonia As an export partner for Wallonia-based companies, Awex offers a wide range of export-oriented services and activities: • General and commercial information on foreign markets • Market studies tailored to specific areas upon request • Organization and planning of marketing activities (international trade shows, economic missions, sector-based contact days…) • Establishing contacts with international organizations • Promoting Wallonia's export potential abroad • Financial support and export financing • Training in international careers As a foreign investment agency, AWEX – via its Office for Foreign Investors (OFI) – has an overall responsibility for the attraction of foreign investment in Wallonia. This includes seeking out and providing information to potential foreign investors. The Agency also offers a pro-active follow-up service to investors already established in Wallonia. In addition, it is in charge of identifying new foreign investors for the acquisition of industrial sites under restructuring process.