Last week an Economic Mission of the Flemish Government in cooperation with the Netherlands took place in the United States. The theme of the mission was technological innovation and the development of semiconductors in cooperation with Flanders. Minister-President Jan Jambon, Secretary General Julie Bynens and Diplomatic Representative Yves Wantens together with the delegation traveled to the states of California, Arizona and Michigan.
In Phoenix, Arizona, meetings were held with Governor Hobbs and Mayor Gallego and the Economic Mission visited the Heard Museum of American Indian Art. The company then traveled on to San Francisco, where visits were made to innovative companies such as Google, Microsoft and Nvidia. Stanford and Berkeley universities opened their doors for a guided tour and there, the Prime Minister signed an agreement with Professor Jeroen Dewulf of Berkeley University for further cooperation around a program of Dutch Studies through the Rubens Chair.
The Economic Mission concluded in Indiana and Michigan, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor Holcomb of the State of Indiana. During the visits to high-technology universities in Michigan and Indiana, the Prime Minister ceremoniously opened a new hub of the technology company Imec at Purdue University in Indiana.
The mission in the United States was a great success due to the good cooperation of the departments involved, mainly due to the participating colleagues from Flanders Investment and Trade, and this Mission emphasized the good ties between Flanders and regional players in the United States.