Vietnam, Netherlands to Boost Cooperation
|Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Pham Viet Anh visited Friesland province. Photo: WVR|
Ambassador Pham Viet Anh, together with Arno Brok, King's commissioner of Friesland, Evert Jan Schouwstra, managing director, World Trade Center Leeuwarden (WTC) and businesses interested in Vietnam, visited the Netherlands' largest sea dyke Afsluitdijk, the Friesland wind farm and the pilot project to generate electricity from seawater.
Friesland is the northern province, with the largest area in the Netherlands, with strengths in agriculture and tourism.
The province is at the forefront of research and application of technologies, such as water management models, dairy products production models and circular agriculture.
Tourism is also a strength thanks to its rich history, culture and language.
The city of Leeuwarden, the provincial capital, has been named a city of literature by UNESCO in 2019, the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Arno Brok welcomed Ambassador Pham Viet Anh's proposal to connect businesses and research agencies of the province with Vietnam according to the Dutch helix model (including government-enterprise-scientist).
The Vietnamese ambassador also mentioned the successful connection between Binh Duong province and Eindhoven city.
That connection has the participation of Vietnamese enterprises (BECAMEX) and the Netherlands (the only international trade center of the Netherlands in Binh Duong New City).
Arno Brok said that the province always opened its door to welcome delegations, wishing to strengthen cooperation with localities in Vietnam.
The World Trade Center Leeuwarden is a member of the World Trade Centers Association. It is also an ecosystem that flexibly connects three other large members in the city.
The members support each other in the cycle of services such as conferences, events, exhibitions, hotels, restaurants and training centers, with the participation of research institutes and universities.
This is also a business incubator, supporting start-ups and young entrepreneurs to shape their industries.
Evert Jan Schouwstra, managing director, World Trade Center Leeuwarden is pleased to hear that Vietnam is about to fully open up to international flights.
He affirmed that there is a plan to bring the Dutch business delegation to Vietnam, ready to welcome Vietnamese localities and businesses.
One of the businesses that have done business in Vietnam is Trustus.nl Investment Fund.
The fund has been advising investors in Vietnam for more than a decade. They always succeed thanks to the stability and strong growth of the Vietnamese economy. Thanks to that, many demanding investors in the Nordic region have begun to choose Vietnam.
Businesses interested in the Vietnamese market have presented their portfolios in dairy products processing, water management technology, and supporting foreign businesses to start up in the Netherlands.
|Arno Brok signed the "passport" of the province for the Ambassador and members of the delegation. Photo: WVR|
Ambassador Pham Viet Anh met and discussed with Eric Arends, director of Pondera Consult about the company's ability to develop wind power projects in the Netherlands, and the plan to invest in wind power projects in Vietnam.
At the Afsluitdijk sea dyke (more than 32km long and inaugurated in 1932), the Ambassador visited Blue Energy Centrale's pilot project to generate electricity from seawater. Although it has not yet produced electricity to sell to the market, this is a bold breakthrough of Dutch scientists and businesses.
Currently, the price of electricity made by this method is high. However, in the future, Blue Energy Centrale believes that it will create a clean and sustainable energy source to gradually replace the current polluting energy.
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