RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was set to depart for an international trade and marketing mission to Europe on Saturday.

Northam and a delegation that includes Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball will visit Germany, Greece and Switzerland on the nearly week-long trip, the governor's office said in a news release Friday.

“As we emerge from the pandemic and continue our recovery, we can focus more on driving economic development and recruiting new investment,” Northam said in a statement. “Sharing Virginia’s compelling business story with companies and partners across the globe has never been more important."

Northam's office said the delegation would participate in 15 meetings, including with leaders of international companies, over the course of the trip. The Democratic governor was also scheduled to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, and Eva Schultz, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

The delegation is scheduled to return Friday.