Business aspect of the province of Namur
Crossed by two major motorways (E411 and E42), halfway between two European capitals (Brussels and Luxembourg) and bathed by the Meuse and the Sambre rivers, the province of Namur positions itself as a preferred destination for investors. But in addition to its outstanding strategic location, it is also a land of innovation permeated by the amazing dynamism of its businesses and its research centres.
Namur, capital and smart city
Namur is very much a city of its time, with the wind in its sails, and aims to innovate in culture, tourism and the economy. It relies on technological progress and multiplies the developments to enhance the well-being of its people. What is more, in 2015 it rose to first place among the smart cities of Wallonia and second place nationally.
Responsible economic development
While the economy of the Walloon capital is characterised by activity mainly in the services sector and its administrations, the province of Namur is also home to many companies which contribute towards its reputation both in Belgium and on the international stage: Cardiatis, Ronveaux, Glutton, Stûv, Meusam ( Meuse and Sambre shipyard ), Materne Confilux, Belrobotics, Eggo... to name but a few.
In 2012, the province of Namur was home to 11,411 businesses (i.e. 14% of the total number of businesses in the Walloon region) providing almost 155,000 jobs. Its leading sectors include eco-construction, agri-foodstuffs, health, ICT, tourism and research. TheEconomic Office of the Province of Namur runs 34 business parks accommodating 1,100 companies with 15,000 workers.
Ideal green destination, the province of Namur clearly declares its wish to support the economic growth of its territory while respecting sustainable development and the environment .
Two universities at the service of research
The province of Namur prides itself on having two major universities in its territory: UNamur , the University of Namur, and Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (attached to the university of Liège), which in September 2017 is to see the opening of a brand-new international research facility covering 400 m² - the largest in Wallonia – the ‘ Terra Research Center' .
UNamur has 11 trans-disciplinary research institutes and stood out in the 2017 U-Multirank (world university ranking system), excelling in six out of ten criteria.