Last week, 20 Dutch companies working in the fields of port development, maritime infrastructure and logistics visited Ireland.
The trade mission paralleled the state visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima. The mission, led by Minister Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, was intended to strengthen the Irish-Dutch maritime connection. NWP’s Annemarie Kruijt was part of the delegation and looks back on a fruitful mission.
A warm welcome
The delegation received a warm welcome by the Dublin Port authorities. CEO Mr Eamon O’Reilly presented the port of Dublin’s activities and future plans. After that, the delegation was invited on a bus tour through Dublin harbour. In the afternoon, the members of the Dutch delegation presented themselves and met Dublin authorities and companies at a network event. Appropriately, the Dutch Embassy had provided Dutch beers for the somewhat long transit to Cork in the late afternoon. The city of Cork had invited the delegation for a splendid dinner that included traditional Irish music and dancers. Another warm welcome! In the village of Cobb, the delegation had the opportunity to share experiences with their Irish counterparts during a panel discussion led by Royal Boskalis Westminster and the Port of Rotterdam.
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and her Majesty Queen Máxima
The highlight of the visit was the meeting with the Royal couple who arrived at Cobb by boat. The delegation positioned itself for the perfect picture followed by the signing of a contract and MoU. Most delegation members were able to chat briefly with either the King or the Queen about Dutch-Irish cooperation. Afterwards, Minister Kaag of Foreign Affairs invited the Dutch and Irish guests for a trade lunch and the trade mission concluded with another successful network event.