On 18 and 19 October, Minister-President of Flanders Jan Jambon further reinforced the Government of Flanders’ 'Strategy for the North' with a mission to Sweden.
Just like with the Netherlands, the three Baltic States, Ireland and Germany, the Government of Flanders wants to establish even more sustainable and stronger collaboration with the four Nordic countries, including Sweden, among other things in the areas of trade and innovation. As the tenth export destination of Flanders and the ninth country of origin of foreign investments in Flanders, Sweden is a major economic partner.
On Monday, Minister-President Jan Jambon, accompanied by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), and Julie Bynens, Secretary-General of Flanders Chancellery and Foreign Office, visited Gothenburg-based companies SKF, Astra Zeneca’s R&D department, and Volvo. These successful companies have a long-standing connection with Flanders as innovative investors and major employers.
In the presence of Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port, the Minister-President visited the Port of Gothenburg. This is Scandinavia's largest port and an important lifeline for Swedish companies in Flanders, not least the Volvo factories in the Port of Ghent.
Minister-President Jan Jambon: "Our region is looking to Sweden as a crucial partner for innovation and valorisation. Sweden has strong ecosystems of businesses, clusters and R&D centres working, inter alia, around life sciences, digital tech and Industry 5.0. The ambition is to further strengthen cooperation with companies and clusters in Flanders." It is exactly with this aim in mind that FIT’s CEO Claire Tillekaerts signed an ambitious cooperation agreement with the Business Region Gothenburg during this mission.
The following day, the Minister-President visited Atlas Copco HQ in Stockholm. The Minister-President concluded his mission to Sweden with a meeting with the representatives of "Vlamingen in de wereld" in Stockholm and a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum.
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