‘Earlier this year, the Dutch Embassy in Abu Dhabi received a mission request from TRANSCO.
TRANSCO is responsible for the entire power and water transmission system in Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates. It plays a pivotal role in Abu Dhabi’s strategic water infrastructure and reservoirs. TRANSCO wanted an in-depth look at the design of the Dutch water transmission system and how it is operated and managed.
The delegation’s focus during the visit is on benchmarking, asset management and seeing Dutch best practices. The incoming mission consists of four people from TRANSCO accompanied by Fleur Hoog Antink, Senior Commercial and Economic Advisor at the Dutch Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Uniting water, energy and food
The mission fits both NWP’s mandate and the Embassies’ multi-year strategy in the Gulf region of ‘uniting water, energy and food’. This will also be the theme of the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Alongside initiatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), NWP is involved in the Oman Water Task Force with a mission to Oman in October and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Water Mission from the Gulf will visit the Amsterdam International Water Week.
Ensuring relevance and effectiveness, NWP designed and developed the TRANSCO mission programme in consultation with the Dutch Embassy in Abu Dhabi and TRANSCO itself. The programme focused on field visits, with ample opportunity for networking and building new partnerships. It worked well. As one of the delegation members said, “The Dutch Water Authorities, Vewin and Waternet, gave us more insights on how water is organised in the Netherlands and the financial models of drinking water companies. This is very important and interesting for us.’ The visits to KWR, the Water Management Center in Lelystad and the European Benchmarking Cooperation were highly appreciated as well.
Gulf Business Dialogue
I would also advise interested sector partners to note 27 September 2019 when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) will hold the Gulf Business Dialogue 2019 in The Hague. It is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the six countries in the Gulf region, expand your network and connect with experts. Part of the programme will also include a presentation and information on the Netherlands’ participation in EXPO 2020 Dubai World Exhibition. For six months, the Netherlands will show its smart and innovative solutions on the theme of ‘uniting water, energy and food’ at its Dutch Pavilion.