Great turnout on Monday's networking drinks with the Dutch trade mission to Australia. Lillian Mellink from the embassy, local entrepreneurs Marco Kuipers and Jan Ernst Antonides, delegation member Loek Hermans, president of DutchSA Frank Weits and many others enjoying a Belgium beer in great company.
From October 31 to November 4 2016, during the state visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to Australia, an accompanying Dutch economic mission led by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, and Henk Kamp, Minister for Economic Affairs, also visited Australia.
South Australia welcomed an important, 95-strong delegation from The Netherlands this week led by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.
The delegation included representatives of key sectors of growth for both countries; agribusiness, horticulture, sustainable water management and logistics.
Members of the delegation met with key South Australian companies representing their sector interests.
The Dutch visitors attended a Smart City business event to learn more about Adelaide’s status as a Lighthouse City with Cisco. They also went to Tonsley, Australia’s first innovation precinct, to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Tonsley and companies from The Netherlands.
The Netherlands will be a key focus of the South Australia – Europe Engagement Strategy that is currently under development.
A Dutch Water Trade Mission met with SA business and government officials on Friday 12th March, following a visit to the Ozwater conference in Brisbane. Organised by the Dutch Embassy and Austrade, the mission exchanged research, latest developments, and future opportunities with delegates from UniSA, the independent Commissioner for Water Security, and the management of SA Water.
The core part of the program included a visit to the Water Industry Alliance, a overarching body consisting of over 250 companies representing over $1.5 billion in the water industry. The trade mission ended with cooling down drinks organised by DutchSA and kindly hosted by PWC.
Sustainability, renewable energy and water security are high on our agenda and of our embassy. After last week we feel we're at least one step closer to better water security for SA, by using Dutch knowledge and technology!
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