Dutch, Flemish Joint Economic Mission Heads to Atlanta Oct. 5-7

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Minister-President Geert Bourgeois of Flanders will make their first joint economic mission to Atlanta, Georgia, on October 5-7.

A delegation of Dutch and Flemish business representatives will accompany the Prime Ministers.

The Netherlands-Flanders Business Delta and the greater Atlanta area have much in common.  Air and sea ports in Amsterdam, Antwerp, and the greater Atlanta region serve as major gateways to Europe and the United States respectively. The Netherlands-Flanders Business Delta and Atlanta are smart logistics and cybersecurity hubs.

Several Dutch and Flemish companies, such as KLM, VanderLande Industries, Bekaert and Resilux, recognize the importance of the greater Atlanta region and have operations in the area.  Conversely, the United States is the largest foreign investor in the Netherlands-Flanders Business Delta.

The joint economic mission will focus on smart logistics, financial technology, and cybersecurity. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister-President Bourgeois will meet with Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young, President Dennis Lockhart of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and representatives from the business community, including Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce SE US and the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce of the South will be co-hosting the Reception and dinner on October 6th at the Atlanta History Center.

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