Nearly 200 business executives, trade representatives and members of the Belgian government will accompany Princess Astrid. Other Belgian official dignitaries include Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Pieter De Crem, Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.
“Texas and Belgium have a great deal in common,” said Deputy Prime Minister Reynders. “From being one of the first European countries to recognize Texas’ independence in 1836 to 175 years of continuous trade, the time has now come for us to deepen our ties with this important cultural and economic partner. Indeed, Belgium now stands as Texas’ 10thlargest export trading partner at just over $4.6 billion annually. Our mutual trade investments include logistics and chemical sectors through the ports of Houston and Antwerp as well as advanced R&D in biopharmaceuticals through the Texas Medical Center.”
The Belgian Economic Mission will visit four cities in Texas. In addition to official events in the presence of Princess Astrid there will be meetings and seminars in which business people from Texan and Belgian business sectors such as energy, cleantech, diamond, chemistry and life sciences will meet each other.
Austin (December 3–6): Meeting with Austin Mayor Steve Adler; state dinner with Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
San Antonio (December 6): Meeting with San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor at the San Antonio International Center; tour of the Alamo.
College Station (December 7): Meeting with Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young; ribbon cutting and tour of "Texas Aggies Go to War.”
Houston (December 7–10): Dinner meeting with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Texas Medical Center visit; inauguration of Katoen Natie logistics terminal.
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NOTE TO PRESS:
A list of available events, bio of Princess Astrid, pictures and fact sheet are available here: http://bit.ly/2fiUEeO
Press RSVPs encouraged 48 hours in advance.