The international promotion of Belgian French-language books and literature is carried out by both the Wallonia – Brussels International office and the Ministry of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
These two entities work hand in hand to increase the visibility and influence of literature professionals from French-speaking Belgium.
Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) is the administration in charge of international relations for Wallonia and Brussels.
It is the vehicle of international politics conducted by Wallonia, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the French Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Within the framework of its agreements with 70 countries and regions, WBI plays the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting creators, entrepreneurs, higher education institutions and other operators in Wallonia and Brussels in their internationalization process.
Actions are thus carried out in the framework of international development cooperation, human rights,
culture, health and social affairs, environment, youth exchanges, education and training, higher education and scientific research.
WBI also operates through a network of delegations with diplomatic status in Berlin, Bucharest, Dakar, Geneva, Hanoi, Kinshasa, The Hague, Paris, Beijing, Quebec, Rabat, Santiago de Chile, Tunis, Warsaw and Brussels (European Union).
The Ministry of the Wallonia Brussels Federation
The Ministry of the Wallonia Brussels Federation has the task of implementing, after approval by the Parliament, the policy of the government of French-speaking Belgium.
It is organised into six main entities, namely the General Secretariat and five general administrations: Education, Culture, Youth Support, Sport and the Houses of Justice.
Within the Ministry, the General Department for Literature and Books is responsible for promoting reading, supporting literary creation, publishing and distributing works by Belgian French-speaking authors, promoting the various stakeholders in the book industry and promoting the French language and regional languages.