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Newsletter #47

June 2019

Pop-Up Embassy: Official Visit by Ambassador Derckx to Perth 24-28 June


Ambassador Marion Derckx will visit the state of Western Australia from 24-28 June. The visit will focus on the Netherlands’ bilateral ties with WA, trade relations, shared cultural heritage and the Dutch community. The ambassador’s visit is part of the second Dutch ‘Pop-Up Embassy’ in Australia.

The history and heritage shared between the Netherlands and Western Australia stretches back to the year 1616, when Dutch captain Dirk Hartog and his VOC ship Eendracht dropped anchor off Australia's West coast. Dirk Hartog became the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil. His crew charted the coastline and named it Eendrachtsland. Some VOC ships were less lucky: In total four Dutch shipwrecks have so far been discovered off the coast of Western Australia.

In Perth, Ambassador Derckx will meet with several government officials for bilateral political consultations. The visit will also allow the ambassador to see first-hand how the dynamic economy of Western Australia is transforming and diversifying. It will provide an opportunity to explore possible cooperation between Western Australia and the Netherlands in areas such as smart mobility, logistics and infrastructure. Being a small and densely populated delta nation, the Netherlands has found creative new ways to manage complex urban situations that may be of interest to our Australian partners.

Ambassador Derckx will mark the maritime and migrant heritage shared by the Netherlands and Western Australia with visits to the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle, the welcome walls outside the maritime museum in Fremantle, the Duyfken Replica and meetings with the Dutch migrant community.
In Perth, the new Museum for WA is co-designed by Dutch architect firm OMA. The ambassador will also meet with the Committee for Perth to reflect on their experiences during their working visit to the Netherlands last year about smart cities.

The visit will also draw attention to Dutch-Australian cooperation in the defense industry and to innovative, sustainable economic sectors the Dutch excel in, such as circular economy and renewables.


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Australia & New Zealand Business Dialogue: Please register before 14/06

Are you a Dutch company with an interest in doing business in Australia & New Zealand?
On the 19th of June, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is hosting the Australia & New Zealand Business Dialogue in The Hague. This event is aimed at Dutch businesses that are interested in doing business in Australia and/or New Zealand.
Register now to hear from Dutch businesses that are already active in these markets, gain information about do’s and don’ts, and ask your questions directly to Consul General Frank van Beuningen, other members of the Dutch diplomatic missions in Australia and New Zealand and Australian and New Zealand trade organisations.
For more information and registration, please visit the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch).

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Giant opens new distribution centre in the Netherlands

Giant, the world’s biggest bicyle and bike gear manufacturer, announced it will invest EUR 13.5 million to establish a new distribution centre in the Netherlands. The new distribution centre, which will be located in Lelystad - about 50km from Amsterdam - will strengthen Giant’s existing Netherlands production facility by providing distribution, storage and after- sales services to the Pan-European markets. It will be especially well-suited to support the fast-growing demand for E-bikes. The establishment of this distribution centre is expected to create about 100 job opportunities over the next three years.  This illustrates Giant’s commitment in the European market, which plays a key role in Giant’s global strategy.

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TomTom’s Corinne Vigreux says high definition mapping holds the future of smart cities

TomTom is a Netherlands-based company that develops navigation technology and consumer electronics. The Dutch company launched its first generation of satellite navigation devices in the market back in 2004.

When people think of navigation and mapping devices, TomTom is one of the companies that is spearheading the segment alongside big players. While the company is not only about hardware that can help you find your way, it is also active in HD mapping, which is one of the technologies that is crucial in enabling autonomous vehicles to find their way without needing any human intervention. Silicon Canals recently interviewd TomTom’s co-founder Corinne Vigreux. Read the interview by clicking on the button below.


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IT/EduTech delegation visits Australia

Last week, a Dutch business delegation focusing on IT and Education technology visited Melbourne and Sydney.
In Melbourne they were welcomed by Invest Victoria, followed by visits to various universities and Startupbootcamp, a leading global accelerator for innovative start-ups.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia organised a networking event for the group, connecting them with local entrepreneurs.

In Sydney, the group attended the EduTech conference in Darling Harbour. They were also received by Consul General Frank van Beuningen during a reception that was also attended by Austrade, the Australian education council as well as hosting providers and potential local technology partners.

The Dutch IT and EduTech companies see great potential in the Australian market and we hope to welcome them back to Australia soon!


Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019: a success!


The Global Entrepeneurship Summit 2019 was held on June 3 – 5 in The Hague.
Ten Australian companies participated. These are Movendo, Real Impact Investment, SeerMedical, The Training Paddock, EscaVox, Goterra, Senscity, AV 24/7, Iquite Aliance and Healthkit. We hope that you have all a good Global Entrepeneurship Summit!

The Netherlands hosted the summit together with the U.S. The Netherlands and U.S. share an abiding belief in the power of entrepeneurhsip and how governments can help create the conditions necessary for businesses to thrive.
Go to the GES website by clicking on the button below, and be sure to check out the video library where you'll find highlights, full panels, elevator pitches, behind the scenes coverage, and more!
Pictured are Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and the U.S. Secetary of State Mike Pompeo.

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