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business seminar on immigration | 5/17/2017


The Belgian American Chamber of the South, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Council and the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce – Southeastern US is pleased to invite you to a business seminar on Immigration on Wednesday, May 17 with AGG.

With a new American administration, the rules and guidelines for visas are changing. For businesses in the US that rely on their foreign employees, it is important to keep up to date with these changes and to predict their impact. The seminar will discuss hot topics in immigration under president Trump’s administration including the following:

  • Compliance – New Form I-9 Requirements / Trump Administration Enforcement Actions
  • Admissibility under ESTA and B-1 status/ CBP update
  • E, L and H visa status Processing
  • Surprise H & L Site Audits /  the new USCIS Directive
  • Best Practices for Global Mobility Managers
  • Dual Citizenship for German nationals

And the guest speakers are:

  • Teri A. Simmons
  • Montserrat C. Miller
  • Wilhelm J. Ziegler
  • Matt Ohm
  • George E. Lee

Logistics

  • When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4 to 6 pm
  • Where: Arnall Golden Gregory |  171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Event fee: Members BACoS, GACC, BABC, NACCSE : free, but registration is required! | Non members: $35
  • ​Registration: online

seminar: tax aspects in Belgium | 4/25/2016


The Federal Public Service Finance and Fiscal Department for Foreign Investments in Belgium will visit several cities in the U.S. in April for talks about recent tax policy developments  in Belgium and Europe. Tax seminars will be held in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta and Boston. We are lucky to have Atlanta on the schedule. It will also be an opportunity to meet our new Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta, William De Baets. The event is free and a light lunch will be served.

The various tax aspects about will be discussed during the seminar ‘doing Business in Belgium and/or investing in Belgium’.

Program:

  • 10:00 am – Welcome |  Anton MERTENS, Partner, Burr Forman LLP
  • 10:10 am – Why Belgium?  | William DE BAETS, Consul General of Belgium, Atlanta
  • 10:20 am – The Belgian Tax Landscape: Highlights |  Kristof VANDEPOORTE, International Tax Services, PWC, New York
  • 10:50 am – The Belgian Tax Landscape: R&D and Logistics  | Marc DE MIL, Fiscal Department for Foreign Investors, Federal Public Service Finance, Belgium
  • 11:20 am – Coca-Cola’s Presence in Belgium  | Wouter VERMEULEN , Group Director, International Government Relations and Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company, Brussels
  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm – Q&A (light lunch will be served)

Logistics

  • Time:  April 25, 10 am – 12.30 pm
  • Where: Burr Forman LLP | Suite 1100, 171 17th Street NW, Atlanta
  • Registration and RSVP [free]
  • Parking: ample parking under the building – ticket will be validated.
  • Organizators: Consulate General of Belgium, BACoS and Burr Forman LLP

3-day economic mission – 10/4-7/2015


Many of you are aware of the imminent arrival of our Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois.  Mr. Bourgeois and the Dutch Prime-Minister Mark Rutte will lead a three-day economic mission, here in Atlanta. During their stay, they will be accompanied by a business delegation consisting of 85 senior level and leadership representatives as well as technology experts of large (internationally active) companies and banks, innovative start-ups, knowledge institutes and government agencies from both the Netherlands and Flanders.   Close to 30 of those businesses are coming from Flanders!

This visit marks the second time [Houston, TX in 2013] that leaders of the Dutch and Flemish governments have visited the United States on a joint economic mission but a première for Atlanta!  The U.S. is for both The Netherlands and Flanders a very important economic partner.

This joint economic mission will focus on smart logistics, financial technology, and cybersecurity. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister-President Bourgeois will meet with Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young, President Dennis Lockhart of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and representatives from the business community, including Bekaert, Coca-Cola, Dell, UPS, Aluvision, the Chambers of Commerce and … beATL-fans.

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) and its Dutch counterpart played a crucial role in the organization of this intercontinental adventure.

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