In October, executives from the Mexican and Curaçaoan energy sector completed the Energy Executive Training (EET 2019) programme. This strategic programme stimulates bilateral business relations and knowledge exchange in the energy sector. The programme consisted of 2 parts: 1 week in Mexico in June and 2 in the Netherlands in November and October.
Preparing in Mexico
The programme in Mexico City was hosted at Tec de Monterrey University’s Santa Fe campus. In this part Dutch government officials, business representatives and Tec de Monterrey’s energy and business experts gave insights into Mexico’s energy environment. They also introduced the 20 participants to the Dutch energy sector and business culture. At interactive lectures, the participants tested their pitches and international business skills. Comparisons of the energy sectors in the 2 countries helped them identify potential business opportunities.
Networking in the Netherlands
This Dutch part of the programme was hosted by the New Energy Coalition (NEC), a collaboration between the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch energy sector. 15 EET participants travelled to the Netherlands to learn about the energy sector in the EU and the Netherlands in particular.
Mexican power generation
A network meeting in Rotterdam gave participants the opportunity to enter joint business ventures. As a result, Zettra Tech Development based in the Mexican city of Villahermosa is currently negotiating a deal with Dutch startups. Its operations director Julián Rodríguez Higareda saw the programme as the opportunity of a lifetime. His meetings with the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and Dutch businesses gave him the insight he needed to attract the attention of Dutch investors to Mexican power generation.
Worldwide energy transition
Dutch startups and established companies alike are enthusiastic about the Mexican approach. Alex Leunig of startup Green Involvement explains, “The Mexicans set up follow-up meetings immediately to make sure they could finalise deals before they travelled back to Mexico.”
Juan Roberto Lozano, head of institutional relations at Mexico’s National Center of Energy Control (CENACE) exclaims, “The first-hand insights, high-level discussions and technical visits to landmark companies and projects completely immerse the participants in the Dutch clean energy sector, which has a great potential to support energy transition worldwide.”
The Mexico EET programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in cooperation with the Netherlands embassy in Mexico.