Trade mission to Panama: Water connecting the World 2019

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Is your company active in the water sector? Do you want to present your company to the Panamanian market and the global market?  Then join the trade mission to the IAHR congress in Panama on 2 to 4 September 2019: Water Connecting the World.

Participating in the water mission will grant the perfect opportunity to meet the newly elected government which will take possession on 1 July as well as our new Ambassador Ilse Smits. The new president, Laurentino Cortizo, and the new mayor of Panama City, José Luis Fábrega, from the PRD party will be in office for the next five years until 2024. This gives your company stability and continuity to conduct business in Panama.

Business Opportunities for Dutch companies

 The Dutch water sector is one of the top sectors for Dutch business. The IAHR congress focuses on six themes:

  • Hydraulic structures
  • Ports and coastal technology
  • Hydro-environment
  • Water management and hydro-informatics
  • River and sediment management and climate change
  • Extreme events

For Who?

The mission is open to Dutch companies and knowledge institutions from the following sectors: climate adaptation, water security, water technology, (waste)water treatment, sanitation, flood risk management, ports and coastal engineering, dredging companies and maritime research institutions. Your company is advised to participate in the mission with a regional business / country manager, or general manager.

Holland Stand

Your company will be represented in the Holland Stand, which provides an attractive opportunity for networking and meetings at the IAHR Congress. In addition, the programme consists of tailored-made matchmaking meetings, network meetings, and meetings with authorities (central government and mayors of major cities). Depending on the composition of the companies, the Embassy will either organise one round-table session or smaller sessions, to ensure that everyone meets with relevant stakeholders.


Date and timeActivity
Monday2 September
BreakfastWelcome briefing 'Doing Business'and official opening of the IAHR Conference
LunchOpening of the Holland stand at the IAHR conference
AfternoonThematic Meetings with Government Officials such as Panama Canal Authority, Municipality, Water Treatment Institution
EveningPresidents Welcoming Reception
Tuesday3 September
Late morning/afternoonDedicated Workshop on Nature Based Solutions organized by Deltares
Entire dayConference programme and room for individual matchmaking
EveningOfficial opening of the Holland House Panama and Networking Event hosted by the Embassy
Wednesday4 September

Individual programme

Nature Based Solutions – Panama Day (organised by Deltares)

AfternoonTechnical visits
EveningEnd of mission and Departure (note: the IAHR Congress officially ends on Friday 6


Participation and cost

Register by email before 20 July 2019. Participation to the mission:
  • € 1,500.00 per participant ( € 1,000 for the second participant and € 750 for the third participant). 
  • The price includes participation to the IAHR, presence in the Holland Stand, networking, and matchmaking events.
  • In addition to the field visits organised by the Congress, the Embassy might organise separate visits.
  • This amount does not include travel and accommodation costs and personal expenses.

If you do not want to participate of the IAHR Congress, but do want to participate in the mission, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

More information

For questions please contact:
The embassy of the Netherlands in Panama
Natasha Risseeuw,
Economic Officer
T:+507 280 6664.

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