For young people, special attention goes to those who leave school without any diploma. They will be offered individual work training and workplace mentoring, with businesses encouraged to create places for them.
Bekaert’s problems involve the manufacture of the wire used to saw silicon into wafers for use in solar cells, in a business that faces overcapacity and increased competition from local producers in China, while the market for solar panels has plummeted following the scrapping of subsidies in several European countries, including Slovakia, Germany and Belgium. In addition to Aalter, jobs will be lost at head office in Zwevegem and at a plant in Ingelmunster, as well as the R&D centre in Deerlijk, all in West Flanders.
Established in early 2010, The Energy Box consists of one demonstration room, but by September of next year, an entire “house of renewable energy” will be open to showcase alternative technology. New businesses that develop green technology will receive coaching on how to find their way to the general public.
“The Ostend East India company, Oostendse Compagnie, moored its first ship in Banquibazar in 1723 on the riverside of the Hoogly, a tributary of the Ganga in Bengal,” he begins. Other ships of the company followed, and Low Country merchants received concessions and settlement rights in the region from the Nawab of Murshidabad, a local governor. The trade went both ways, and by the end of the 1770s, the region was known in India for its quality glass and its iron and steel products.
The Belgian state took full possession of the Belgian part of the embattled Dexia Bank for €4 billion. Dexia Bank Belgium (DBB) now comes into government ownership following a weekend of meetings lasting into early Monday morning.
“Where will we find the people for these jobs?” he asked at a recent meeting at VBO, the Belgian Employers Union. Not in the classic reserve of those aged 20 to 49, he says. “We should forget about fixed retirement ages. Instead, we should think in terms of career length. People should work for at least 45 years, irrespective of when they start.”
In Flanders, finding a decent address for a temporary retreat from the hustle and bustle couldn’t be simpler: They’re all gathered together on one website, run by Logeren in Vlaanderen (Lodging in Flanders), where you can search by province, area, type of accommodation and level of comfort.
Flanders has many ties with southern Africa: both Mozambique and South Africa are so-called partner countries for development aid; there are economic links; and then there is, of course Afrikaans, a relative of the Dutch language.
The VNREDSAT-1B satellite will include remote sensing, high-resolution, multispectral and hyper-spectral imaging, to be used for regular and rapid monitoring of the environmental situation in South- East Asia. Its predecessor, VNREDSAT- 1A, is currently being constructed in Toulouse, France, for launch in 2013 or 2014.
This trailblazing mentality is one of the reasons why Grauzinis, 42, seems to do what makes her happy, no matter how unconventional. “I was always active in technology,” she says, “making the link between the commercial and the technical. In school, I took physics and math just because I liked it, even though I was studying communication. I like to understand what I see. I don’t like to watch something and not understand how it works.”