State Secretary Keijzer off to Brazil and Argentina for innovation working visit and G20 summit

International cooperation offers Dutch entrepreneurs additional opportunities to turn innovations into successful products and services. State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer, accompanied by Dutch companies and knowledge institutes, will therefore go on a working visit to São Paulo, Brazil's economic and financial hub, from Sunday 19 through Wednesday 22 August. The visit will see the signing of cooperation agreements and it will be an opportunity for the Netherlands to highlight its expertise in the area of digital and industrial technologies, fields in which Brazil has promising markets.

Brazil presents opportunities for the application of High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) industrial technologies in, for example, its aircraft and shipbuilding sectors. There are also promising avenues for ICT, in areas such as big data and blockchain, the Life Sciences & Health sector and the biobased economy, which uses biological resources.

During her visits to São Paulo and São José dos Campos, State Secretary Keijzer will sign research and development (R&D) cooperation agreements with Brazilian businesses, knowledge institutes and public authorities with the aim of maximising growth opportunities in a market of particular interest for the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is Brazil's most important European export market

The Netherlands is the world's 4th largest importer of Brazilian goods in terms of scale (€ 4.2 billion), after China, the United States and Argentina. Conversely, the Netherlands exports € 3.3 billion worth of goods to the South American country. The value of Dutch exports to Brazil has more than doubled in the past 10 years. The Brazilian economy recovered in 2017 following a severe economic slump.

Cooperation between the Netherlands and Brazil also features prominently in the EU innovation programme Horizon 2020: of the 88 projects awarded with a Brazilian participant, 35 involve a Dutch partner. These projects have attracted EU support to the tune of € 26.8 million (the Netherlands) and € 5.3 million (Brazil).

G20 summit on the digital economy in Argentina

Following her visit to Brazil, State Secretary Keijzer will be representing the Dutch government at the G20 summit on the digital economy in Salta, Argentina (Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August). At the summit, representatives of the world's 20 largest economies will discuss a joint policy agenda for facilitating a stronger global digital market. As was the case in 2017, when the summit was held in Germany, the host country has invited the Netherlands to participate in the G20.

Keijzer recently presented the Nederland Digitaal strategy on behalf of the Dutch government. With this strategy, the government aims to further strengthen the Netherlands' earning potential, promote better digital skills and improve cybersecurity in Dutch society, among other things. Participation in the G20 is an opportunity for the Netherlands to coordinate its national digitisation strategy with its international ambitions in this area.