Trade Mission in Houston

Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters and his Dutch partner Mark Rutte have initiated a trade mission in Houston.

PM Kris Peeters
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Peeters and Rutte said the Flanders and the Netherlands are working to uphold the two regions as a single economic group and to surpass the financial rivalry, such as the competition between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Peeters considered the cooperative trip as a “historic" moment.  It is the first time that both regions have mutually arranged a trade operation, with over 90 companies participating.

"It's nice to see so many people who are going to make a lot of money the coming days,” Rutte said.

Kris Peeters said it is an expected coalition. "Flanders and the Netherlands have a lot to offer. We have open economies which are being fuelled by our ports, we share the same language, culture and history. This natural alliance had to be continued in a joint mission."

Rutte said Flanders and the Netherlands are small but with cooperation, they are influential.

Source: / Expatica