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Princess Astrid of Belgium will accompany a Belgian trade delegation to the Ivory Coast. She will be travelling with representatives of over 200 companies, and she will also be joined by the Walloon and Flemish trade ministers, Pierre-Yves Jeholet and Philippe Muyters, the Brussels Secretary of State for Trade, Cécile Jodogne, the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem, and the federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders.
The trade delegation will last from Sunday until Thursday and will take on Abidjan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. The main objective will be to strengthen commercial relations between the two countries. Belgium is currently the second European importer of products from the Ivory Coast. The trade delegation will aim to create a great number of contacts to set up contracts with Ivory Coast companies.
The Ivory Coast mainly deals with Belgium in the car industry, agriculture, the drinks industry, chemical products and vaccinations. Food products such as bananas and pineapples are imported from the Ivory Coast and also oil, zinc and wood.
The Belgian trade delegation will be received by President Alassane Ouattara after a contract signing ceremony between Belgian companies and the Ivory Coast public sector.
Princess Astrid of Belgium is the sister of the current King of Belgium. She was born in 1962 as the second child and only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola. On 22 September 1984, she married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, who was also created Prince of Belgium by Royal Decree on 27 November 1995. They have five children together, and since 2016 they also have one grandchild. She is currently fifth in the line of succession, behind the children of her brother, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant (born 2001), Prince Gabriel (born 2003), Prince Emmanuel (born 2005) and Princess Eléonore (born 2008).