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15-05-2018

Bilateral working visit to the United States

Los Angeles – Cooperation in innovation


The first day of the working visit of Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem to the United States was devoted to cooperation in innovation and state-of-the-art technology. He started the day with a meeting with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. California is the 5th largest economy in the world and about 40% of all imports in the United States are shipped via ports in the Bay Area of LA. The Silicon Valley technology sector is also expanding to LA, making this region very interesting for Belgian companies.

 

Afterwards, De Crem went to the California Institute of Technology, or CalTech, for a meeting with its President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and a visit to the “Einstein Papers Project”. Its aim is to archive and study the legacy of Albert Einstein. Moreover, Einstein had a special bond with Belgium, two of his friends being Belgian scientists Georges Lemaître and Théophile de Donder. He was also present at the Solvay conferences in our country, in which all physicists of his time participated.

 

Subsequently, Secretary of State De Crem visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the space agency NASA, one of the most innovative centers in the US. Pieter De Crem spoke with six Belgian researchers who make an important contribution to developments in the aerospace industry.

 

Finally, Pieter De Crem met with Bert Hamelinck of the Belgian entertainment company Caviar, that is conquering the American market.


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