Annelies Antoons - Foreign Statistics
I am responsible for managing a Division of 11 staff members working on gathering, validating and aggregating data on foreign investment by firms resident in Belgium.
It was with keen interest and a lot of motivation that I arrived at the National Bank of Belgium in October 2012. Armed with my Degree in Economics, I was keen to put the skills I acquired at university into practice, and above all wanted to carry on learning, but this time actually on the job, and not just in a lecture hall.
When I first joined the External Statistics Service, I was able to count on a more experienced colleague to help me to get to know the methodology for compiling Belgium’s balance of payments and net international investment position. I was also lucky enough to be able to attend a week-long training course at the European Central Bank on this subject.
I am responsible for managing a Division of 11 staff members working on gathering, validating and aggregating data on foreign direct or other investment by firms resident in Belgium. My work is very varied, consisting of sharing out jobs, centralising data, improving working procedures, checking on quality. I also represent the Division in internal or external meetings of the Statistics Service, which enables me to keep in touch with other departments in the National Bank of Belgium.
Working at the National Bank of Belgium can bring considerable benefits. The mobility policy, training and career opportunities are also things that make the National Bank of Belgium a very attractive proposition for young people.