Knowledge, technology, and partnerships. These were the keywords of the four-day visit to the Netherlands by 10 major Angolan agricultural investors. The delegation learned about different aspects of Dutch business in the horticulture, dairy and potato sectors. These industries are growing rapidly in Angola, so the Netherlands’ experience offers outstanding opportunities for business and partnerships.
The programme officially started at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a presentation on the Netherlands’ foreign policy and position in global agriculture. This was followed by a field visit to Wageningen University and Research Centre’s greenhouse horticulture unit at Bleiswijk and to Fransen Roses, which are both showcases for greenhouse technologies. A roundtable meeting on scope for financing agricultural initiatives laid a foundation for meetings with Dutch companies later in the week. In the evening, the Dutch Ambassador to Angola hosted a gathering at a very exclusive location.
The programme continued with a day focusing on production and processing in the dairy industry, and a potato day on all stages of the potato value chain. There were also various networking events to further acquaint the delegation with the corresponding sectors in the Netherlands.
‘We bring new ideas and new contacts from the Netherlands and from this visit we have brought some new technologies that can bring great benefits to our operation in the future.’
Embassy representatives: Lydia Brons, Jack Vera
RVO.nl representatives: Marloes de Goeijen, Iddo van der Giessen