The Dutch Vice Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Marten van den Berg, will visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (24-25 October). He brings a business delegation of 34 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions to explore further business opportunities in Vietnam in aviation, agri-food, renewable energy and maritime infrastructure.
This mission aims to promote cooperation and exchange knowledge and innovation on agriculture, specifically on food security and preventing food loss. The visit will also serve to prepare for the regional Food Security Conference that the Netherlands and Vietnam will jointly organize in the first half of 2017. “The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agricultural exporter, and therefore well-placed to work with Vietnam on adding value to its agricultural export products”, says Ambassador Nienke Trooster. On climate change adaptation and water management, the Netherlands has very relevant and innovative expertise. Our countries share knowledge intensively, as we did for instance in the development of the Mekong Delta Plan, a long-time vision for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta. Dutch private parties and knowledge institutes are also well-equipped to help Vietnam tackle issues like waste water management and especially coastal erosion, with state-of-the-art but affordable solutions. The exchange of Dutch expertise is enshrined in the Strategic Partnerships with Vietnam in water management and climate change adaptation since 2010, and in sustainable agriculture and food security since 2014.