First Dutch digital trade mission kicks off in Silicon Valley

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June 16, 2020

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First Dutch digital trade mission kicks off in Silicon Valley

Update

June 16, 2020

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Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, will kick off the first Dutch digital trade mission in Silicon Valley. This way, Dutch and American experts can continue to share knowledge and explore opportunities to innovate together in addressing societal challenges, in spite of the corona crisis.

The mission, which opens on 15 June, brings Dutch digital companies in the field of smart and electric transport into contact with potential partners on the American West Coast. It will be co-hosted by Minister Kaag and attended by Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis.

 

More than 30 companies and organisations have already registered for the mission that will focus on the future of mobility and electric transport. The digital mission replaces a planned mission to a major mobility conference in Portland, which could not take place due to the corona crisis.

Joining forces for sustainable solutions

 

“I am very pleased that we can continue to support Dutch companies in an innovative way with international business,” said Minister Kaag “About 2.5 million Dutch jobs depend on foreign trade. We want to support these international companies so that they will be able to do business just as successfully again. This digital trade mission is a good example of how businesses and government are joining forces in this difficult time. The mission brings together Dutch and American innovation and expertise: first digitally, and later in real life. This way we continue to work on sustainable growth and prosperity now.”

The digital mission, which will take place from June 15-19, consists of daily online group meetings, a series of thematic webinars with Dutch and American experts, and tailor-made matchmaking and networking sessions with potential American business partners. The mission aims to recreate the experience of a traditional trade mission: building a strong international network, simulated in an online form. To this end, a digital platform will be used, where participants can meet. Various types of video conferences will be offered.

A virtual visit to Silicon Valley

 

Gerbert Kunst, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco: “Where else should the first digital mission go than Silicon Valley, the global center of technological innovation? The innovative mindset of the Netherlands and our smart solutions to societal challenges such as mobility fit well with California, where innovation and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. I look forward to letting participants experience Silicon Valley from their own homes.”

The digital mission is organised by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in San Francisco, in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. Several Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, are also involved. The mission is in line with the online programme of Forth, the American umbrella organisation for advancing electric, smart and shared mobility.

 

Watch the Virtual Trade Mission on the NLintheUSA YouTube channel.

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