12 agreements signed between Bavaria and the Netherlands
These range from contracts between Dutch and German businesses and knowledge institutions to partnerships between cultural institutions. The trade mission is headed by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
"The Netherlands has always focused heavily on doing business with North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, while Bavaria has focused on Central and Eastern Europe," the minister said.
"So we’ve both been letting opportunities pass. This mission wants to change that."
The mission is focusing primarily on sustainability and innovation in a range of sectors. For example, agreements have been concluded between Dutch and Bavarian businesses on working together in the fields of electric transport, health care, organic food and cybercrime.
"There are great opportunities here for Dutch suppliers to the German manufacturing industry," Ploumen added.
"Because our high-tech businesses are creative, pragmatic and quick to adjust their products to clients’ demands. The Netherlands is seen as a testing ground for innovative solutions."
The volume of trade between Germany and the Netherlands was worth an estimated €167 billion in 2015, making it one of the largest worldwide
Germany is the Netherlands’ biggest trade partner, for both export and import. Yet Bavaria accounts for less than 10% of this traffic, even though it is one of Germany’s economically strongest states.
In total, more than 100 businesses have joined Ms Ploumen on the mission, to establish new contacts and strengthen existing ones. ■