A postponed Belgian trade mission which was to bring the princess Astrid and nearly 400 business and government representatives to Atlanta in October has been postponed to next June.
The mission, which was to be the largest delegation to the city since the 1996 Olympics, was postponed due to fears over the COVID-19 Delta variant.
the Consulate General of Belgium leads the planning of local events during the three-city mission that will stop at New York and then Boston after leaving the Georgia capital (the order of these city tours has been reversed in the new arrangement). The new dates for the Global Tour are June 4-12.
Initial plans for Atlanta included visits to Belgian affiliates like UCB, OMP and Solvayas well as a panel focusing on diversity at National Center for Civil and Human Rights as well as an innovation round table on artificial intelligence and the opening of an E-sport tournament.
So far, no major changes to the program beyond are planned, Consul General Michel Gerebtzoff told Global Atlanta, and things are moving full speed ahead “unless a fifth wave crashes.”
the Biden The US administration announced last week that the United States was preparing to reopen to vaccinated European travelers in November. While the fight against COVID-19 is far from over in a state that lags the nation in vaccination rates, Georgia’s total daily case count is down more than 46% from two weeks ago, which may indicate that the worst of the last wave is over.
Learn more about the original mission here.