CIDIC was founded in 2010 at the suggestion of several diplomats who shared their concern about the need for greater efficiency in establishing economic and academic contacts that are nowadays increasingly important in the exercise of their functions. This trend is now called « Economic and Academic Diplomacy ».
Economic Diplomacy is a tool for diplomatic representatives to support the economic measures undertaken by their governments. These representatives act as an interface between national private operators and those of the countries to which they are accredited, to find new markets for industrial products and services, and attract foreign investors.
Ernest de Laminne de Bex
President of CIDIC
Our members represent the institutions present in Brussels, actors in the political, economic, academic, industrial, artistic and cultural world. Many of them represent Embassies, Chambers of Commerce and multinational companies established in Belgium.
For CIDIC, the rotating presidencies of the Council of the European Union are opportunities to organize contacts between the Embassies based in Brussels and Belgian companies with activities abroad. For that reason, CIDIC’s Board offers every 6 months the CIDIC temporary presidency to the Ambassador who represents the country presiding the European Union. This temporary president also has the opportunity to associate to his/her presidency, a non-European Union country in depending on the current diplomatic and economic context and priorities.
The Ambassadors of the following countries have held the CIDIC presidency over the last years :
2019: First semester: Romania
Second semester: Finland
2018 : First semester : Bulgaria
Second semester: Austria
2017 : First semester : Malta and Norway
Second semester : Estonia and Georgia
2016 : First semester : The Netherlands and Tunisia
Second semester : Slovakia and Lebanon.
2015 : First semester : Latvia and Ukraine
Second semester : Luxembourg and China.
2014 : First semester : Greece and Georgia
Second semester : Italy.
2013 : First semester : Ireland and the USA
Second semester : Lithuania and Bangladesh.
2012 : First semester : Denmark and Vietnam
Second semester : Cyprus and Vietnam.
2011 : First semester : Hungary and Canada
Second semester : Poland and Japan.
CIDIC also organizes Diplomatic, Economic, Academic and Cultural (DEAC) Days to the country presiding on a 6 months basis the Council of the European Union.
For the DEAC Days in Malta H.E. Mr David Mangion, Maltese Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, has been appointed as Envoyé Spécial.