Water sector development is important for economic development in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Government prioritises sustainable food production and water usage. To this end, a trade mission to Ethiopia, headed by Minister Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will take place between 27-31 October 2019. Annemieke Nijhof, chair of NWP and figurehead of the Topsector Water & Maritime, will lead the delegation during the mission.
Water resources management is key
Given the rainfall pattern in Ethiopia, the lack of water is not the main concern in all regions of the country. Yet, efficient and sustainable water management is essential to properly address increasing local demand and utilisation of water for domestic use as well as for agro-industrial development and food security. The real challenge lies in deploying the right expertise and technology to make effective and efficient use of water. And that is where the Dutch water sector can add value.
Exploring Dutch water sector business Minister Kaag
The trade mission, headed by Minister Kaag, will support the Dutch water sector in fast-tracking business activities in Ethiopia. There is great potential for Dutch expertise and products in the fields of both water and horticulture. Ethiopia offers considerable opportunities given its:
steady annual economic growth of 7.5 percent;
increasing infrastructural development (modern airport, including storage facilities, and plans for a regional railway network);
government’s willingness to enhance the investor climate.
Dutch companies and knowledge institutions interested in expanding their activities in Ethiopia focused on or related to the following.
Potable water supply and treatment
Waste water treatment
Integrated Water Resources Management
Sustainable food production
Horticulture (especially fruit and vegetables)
Smart technology, including climate smart technology, for sustainable food production and agro logistics
More information and registration
Find out more about the context, costs and registration via this page (in Dutch). Please note that the deadline for registration is Sunday 1 September! For more general information about opportunities for the Dutch water sector in Ethiopia, please contact Wim Klaassen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Annemarie Mastenbroek (email@example.com). Or register right away.