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03 July 2018

The Netherlands Hope New Atlanta Consulate will Strengthen Economic Ties to Georgia

Georgia's strong economic ties with the Dutch are expected to get even stronger.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the Netherlands would be opening a new consulate in Atlanta. This marks Holland's return to Georgia's capital city since the European nation closed its prior consulate in 2015.

(Atlanta joins five other U.S. cities in hosting the Dutch consulate. Image credit: US Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands)
Rutte made the announcement during a July 2 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.

The state of Georgia is seen as a key economic partner by officials in the Netherlands.

“The economic ties between the Netherlands and the United States are strong," said Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Georgia, according to the Dutch embassy, sends the country $1 billion in exports. 29,000 Georgia jobs are also supported by Dutch-U.S. trade and investment.

Atlanta-based companies, like Coca-Cola Enterprises and UPS, have offices in the Netherlands. Dutch companies such as KLM airlines and VanderLande Industries have a significant presence in the Atlanta area too. Earlier this month, Governor Nathan Deal (R - Georgia) welcomed another Holland business to the American South.

VDL Groep, an international industrial and manufacturing company based in the Netherlands, plans to locate in Hall County. The move is expected to create create 110 jobs and invest $17 million north of Atlanta.

"With this manufacturing facility, VDL Groep will join a number of Dutch companies that operate more than 100 facilities in our state and employ more than 7,500 Georgians," Deal said. "We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with VDL Groep and seeing the company continue to grow here in Georgia.”

"Atlanta is a natural home for a new Dutch representation to further strengthen our partnership with the US," said Dutch Minister Kaag. "Atlanta is in many ways a gateway to the United States, while the Netherlands is a gateway to Europe. And much like Atlanta, the Netherlands is a hub for smart logistics, financial technology, and cybersecurity.”

No official date was given for the opening of the new Netherlands consulate in Atlanta.

The Netherlands also has consulates general in Chicago, New York, Miami, and San Francisco, as well as an embassy in Washington, D.C.