Dutch embassies share experiences on building international CE framework

December 03, 2021

Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) organized the second edition of the Q&A sessions for embassies on November 23rd. With the participation of representatives of the Dutch Embassies in Belgium, Nigeria, the UK, and Latin America, the sessions inspired collaborative links and explored the opportunities and challenges of the Netherlands to position and develop a circular economy agenda worldwide.



Join forces to support the circular transition

Dutch Embassies play an important role in realizing an international circular economy framework. They lay the groundwork for long-term partnerships to increase cooperation between countries, enhance networking and matching, serve as a knowledge-sharing platform, and map out trade and investment opportunities for Dutch Companies. In two sessions, four representatives shared their approaches and experiences:

  • Abel Neering, Vice Consul Economic Affairs at the Dutch Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria, talked about how Nigeria and the Netherlands are co-creating solutions. The Consulate General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Lagos recently launched the Circular Business Platform in Lagos. 
  • Willemijn Brakenhoff, Consul Economic Affairs at the Dutch Embassy in Belgium, highlighted how the bilateral trade relationships between the two countries align with the interests of the circular economy.
  • Heading to Latin America, Marc Hauwert, Regional Economic Envoy at the Dutch Embassy in Peru, summarized his office’s Regional Business Development framework where eight Latin America countries worked together to develop the market for waste management solutions.  
  • Last but not least, Terence Speyer, Senior Commercial at the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom, closed the session by acknowledging that a circular economy can strengthen British-Dutch collaboration in the field.

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"It was a great opportunity to work with HCH to get the message across to promote the Netherlands as a partner in circular economy and give dutch business information of the policy landscape and top priority sectors for business networks."

Terence Speyer, Senior Commercial at the Dutch Embassy

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