First trade mission from Africa in 2 years arrives in the Netherlands


For the first time since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, a trade mission from Africa is visiting the Netherlands. The arrival of 30 entrepreneurs and officials from Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – on Tuesday 29 March marks the return to normal trade relations between the Netherlands and Africa.

The participants in this trade mission come from three different sectors: horticulture, renewable energies and the circular economy. They will visit the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, innovative businesses in Westland, the Port of Rotterdam, floating solar panels and a number of circular economy leaders. The week begins with a seminar in The Hague, in which at least 70 Dutch companies have registered.

The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) is organizing the substantial part of this trade mission, commissioned by the Netherlands Administration for Entrepreneurship (RVO) and initiated by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Lagos. Arie Plieger, the Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands in Lagos, is taking part in the four-day program himself.

“Even in these turbulent political and economic times, trade and economic cooperation with Nigeria remains essential. The Netherlands is helping Nigeria diversify its economy and become less dependent on oil and gas revenues,” Plieger said.

“Nigeria has great economic potential to deepen cooperation in land/horticulture, energy transition and circular economy,” the Deputy Consul General said.

“This visit marks a relaunch of economic relations between Africa and the Netherlands,” said Rosmarijn Fens, director of the NABC. “Business with Africa has continued as usual during the COVID pandemic, but primarily with existing relationships. For new projects or expansion into other countries, physical assignments like this are still critical and we look forward to many more inbound and outbound trade missions later in the year.”

Source: NABC


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