Last week we welcomed our Ambassador Henne Schuwer and Remco Zeeuw, Head of Economic Department, in Houston, Texas. A program with different activities and events were awaiting them.
Their first visit was a breakfast meeting with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP),Texas A&M University and elected officials to discuss collaboration with The Netherlands on a number of initiatives, the most pressing being moving forward with the design and construction of a coastal spine and flood gates to protect the coast and upper Galveston Bay, including the Houston Ship Channel from future storm surges like or worse than the area suffered from Hurricane Ike in 2008. Click here for an impression.
After the breakfast meeting we talked with Henri Remmers founder of Corpus. Corpus has plans to build a museum in League City, close to Houston. Henri Remmers and his team informed us about the status. Click here for an impression.
During a luncheon with more than 40 members of the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce at the NRG Stadium there was a discussion about the relation between the Netherlands and Texas and the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP). Besides there was enough time to get to know each other and strengthen existing relationships. Click here to watch the great atmosphere.
Afterwards the Ambassador and the Minister of Economics, together with the Honorary Consul Jos Wellink and Sander Vergroessen, Managing Director at IRO, visited the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). There they spoke with different Dutch companies. The Ambassador was proud that the Dutch were so well presented at the OTC. It was nice to hear that the Dutch company Barge Master won the Spotlight on new technology award. Click here for an impression.
Finally, Henne Schuwer was one of the hosts, together with Sander Vergroessen and Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, of the annual Holland Network Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts where 400 American and Dutch people joined. For the second time on this beautiful location the reception was a huge success. Click here for an impression.
This program was developed in cooperation with the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO Texas). With this visit we were given the opportunity to show the huge potential of the Texas economy to the Netherlands.
Photos by American Prestige Photography