Joint Dutch-Flemish economic mission to Atlanta

From 5 to 7 October 2015, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois will head a joint economic mission to Atlanta, Georgia, in the southeastern United States. They will be accompanied by a delegation made up of Dutch and Flemish businesses.

The United States is a key economic partner for both the Netherlands and Flanders. For years the Netherlands has been among the top five biggest investors in the United States. For its part the US is the largest foreign investor in the Netherlands. In 2013 the total value of trade between the two countries came to €43 billion.

There are major opportunities for Dutch and Flemish companies in the southeastern US. Georgia is one of the fastest-growing states in America, and more broadly speaking, the country’s economic and demographic centre of gravity is increasingly shifting to the southeast. The centre of this growth region is Atlanta, with the busiest passenger airport in the world. There are many opportunities for further cooperation, particularly in the fields of logistics, IT and cyber security.

This joint economic mission will serve to further spotlight the Flemish-Dutch region. The first joint mission was to Texas, in 2013.