The government of Belgium has upgraded its consular office in Atlanta to a full consulate general that will provide visa and passport services and promote economic and cultural cooperation with the Southeast U.S.
Benoit Standaert, previously consul in Atlanta, has been promoted to consul general. The consulate covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and all but two counties in Kentucky.
“By expanding our government’s mission in Atlanta through the new office of the Consulate General, the Kingdom of Belgium is recognizing the great importance of its relationships with Georgia and other southeastern states in the U.S.,” Mr. Standaert said in a news release.
Belgium is Georgia's 10th largest export destination, and many Georgia companies maintain operations there. Belgian regional investment promotion agencies and chambers of commerce have offices in Atlanta, which has a sister city relationship with Brussels.
Visit the consulate's Web site here.