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donderdag 17 november 2016

Dutch trade mission to Australia: Special Edition






















Dutch trade mission to Australia: Special Edition

Economic mission to Australia with Lilianne Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Henk Kamp for Economic Affairs

31 October – 9 November 2016

While Their Majesties and Foreign Minister Koenders met with various dignitaries, among whom the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and several State Governors and federal ministers, Minister Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Minister Kamp for Economic Affairs followed a separate programme. Together with over 100 Dutch delegates from different sectors of the economy, the Ministers traveled from Adelaide to Canberra, from Canberra on to Sydney, and from Sydney to Melbourne to eventually finish the trade mission there.

The range of sectors participating was widespread: from Agriculture and Food to Logistics and Infrastructure, from Sports to Horticulture, and from Water to Smart Cities and Life Sciences and Health.
Minister Ploumen opened the trade mission in Adelaide, where her full programme included a meeting with Assistant Minister and Senator Anne Ruston, with whom she discussed agriculture and water resources. Thereafter, the two presented inspiring speeches at the network lunch for the delegates in Adelaide. Moreover, Minister Ploumen talked about smart cities with the Dutch Smart Cities delegation and the Lord Mayor of Adelaide and met Governor Hieu van Le in the Government House of South Australia.
After a succesful day, it was time for the delegation and the Minister to move on to the capital, Canberra. There, Minister Ploumen opened the workshop 'Future Challenges in Health Care' after being welcomed by Martin Bowles, Australian Secretary for Health. Moreover, Minister Ploumen met with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, with whom she signed a Letter of Intent for joint Australian and Dutch water aid in third world countries in the company of, among others, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The rest of the day was focused on sports. A highlight was an interesting collaboration being signed where sports met technology: a team-up between the Australian Sports Commission and NL Technology Network!
On Wednesday 2 November, after another full day in Canberra, Minister Ploumen handed the delegation over to Minister Kamp in Sydney. The Sydney visit started with one of the biggest events during the entire state visit: the so called "return hospitality". To show their gratitude to the Australian people, the King and Queen of the Netherlands hosted a concert and reception in an orange-lit Sydney Opera House for over 2000 guests!
After a night full of classical music and champagne, the delegation had a full schedule on their second day in Sydney. At Cockatoo Island, an industrial Unesco World Heritage sight, the delegation and the state visit crossed paths as Their Majesties congratulated various Dutch and Australian companies with the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU's) worth millions of dollars. Thereafter, the Agriculture and Food sector, as well as Their Majesties, attended the launch of the Farm2Fork Summit 2016, seeing FoodBytes in Australia for the first time, focusing on sustainable food production and global food security. Another highlight of the day was the Smart Cities summit, bringing together Dutch and Australian experts in order to stimulate future cooperation.
For the last day of the trade mission, Minister Kamp and the trade delegation parted ways with Their Majesties, continuing their way from Sydney to Melbourne. The day started early for the Minister, when a meeting with the Honourable Minister Wade Noonan MP, Victoria Minister for Industry and Employment, took place.
Other highlights of the last day included a visit from Minister Kamp to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford MP and a visit by the sport sector to the Australian Football League, where Victoria University, Melbourne Australia and Sportscloud signed a MoU to cooperate in providing, among other things, a new Masters degree in sport data analytics. After a visit to the Port of Melbourne, the trade mission was wrapped up: time for Minister Kamp to visit New Zealand!
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Trade mission already worth 125 million Euros

The trade mission to Australia has already generated more than €125 million worth of business. No fewer than 11 contracts and cooperative agreements were signed by Dutch companies and their Australian partners in the sectors of water, health care, horticulture, IT and infrastructure.
The two ministers agreed, 'These are excellent results. Dutch companies and knowledge institutions can deliver products and expertise that Australia will benefit from enormously. And we're counting on even greater success in the future, in view of all the contacts Dutch and Australian companies have made or intensified over the past few weeks. Exporting know-how and products generates income and jobs for Dutch business.'
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The trade mission yielded agreements on delivery of a new biomedical research laboratory equipped with 'clean rooms' – working environments with optimum temperature and hygienic conditions. Another cooperative venture focuses on technology for the car industry. The Netherlands' current investments in Australia totals €31 billion, making it the country's fourth-largest investor. Annual Dutch exports of goods and services to Australia totals €4.3 billion.








 
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Netherlands-Australia agreement to help increase water security

On 1 November, Senator Fierravanti-Wells of Australia and Minister Ploumen of the Netherlands signed a Letter of Intent that enhances the partnership to improve water management in international development programs.

This followed increased Australian-Netherlands cooperation on water over the past year through Prime Ministers of both countries being members of the World Bank-United Nations High Level Panel on Water (HLPW).

Minister Fierravanti-Wells stated that, "Water is central to human development globally. Our strong partnership with the Netherlands supports health, economic resilience, and environmental sustainability in developing nations."

The signing was part of the visit of the trade mission to Canberra.

 
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Proportion of women in trade missions rises to 25%

Over the past six months the proportion of women participating in trade missions has risen sharply, from 10% to 25%. This is now the same as the proportion of Dutch women entrepreneurs working abroad. The increase is due to an extra focus on female entrepreneurship, including a temporary discount incentive introduced by trade minister Lilianne Ploumen.
The trade delegation to Australia included 32 women out of the 125 entrepreneurs (26%). 'I've headed almost 40 trade missions so far, and this one is really different from all the others,' Minister Ploumen said. 'I always used to be one of the few women present. The plain fact is that women were severely under-represented. But thanks to the focus over the past few months, more and more female entrepreneurs are now getting involved in trade missions. So they too can benefit from the opportunities and contacts that these missions generate.'
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Australian cities and Gsc3 to start collaboration

During the trade mission, five Australian cities and organisations signed MoU's with the Global Smart City & Community Coalition (GSC3). The Greater Sydney Commission, Lake Macquarie, Ipswich, ACT Government in Canberra and the Australian Smart City Association (ASCA) will collaborate through and with the GSC3.
The collaboration is all about sharing best practices, knowledge and lessons learned. Not only between the Australians and the other cities within the network like Bandung, Genova, Rotterdam and Austin, but also between Australian cities and organisations as well. And that's something that Lucy Turnbull, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission is very keen on: "The most important thing that we can do in government is to learn from what other people do, not only their success but their mistakes too."
Next to these 5 new members the cities of Adelaide, Newcastle and Sunshine Coast want to join. They are planning to sign their MoU's in February.
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Besides setting up collaboration between the Australian cities and their peers around the globe, GSC3 is involving Dutch businesses also. Dutch best practices can be shared down under. Companies from other countries are invited to participate as well.
Australia's and the South East Asia's population is growing rapidly over the coming years. Cities like Sydney will welcome 1,6 million new residents by 2030. New houses, schools, jobs and infrastructure are needed.

The Dutch Consul General in Australia, Willem Cosijn, sees great potential for a joint operation: "The Netherlands and Australia have similar societies with similar problems. That's why we need to team up, to learn from each other. We can collaborate not only in our own countries, but in the greater Asian region as well".
GSC3 will visit Australia again in February 2017 to discuss next steps in the collaboration.


 
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