Minister Schultz to lead trade mission to Iran

Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) will visit Iran from Sunday 23 to Friday 28 October, accompanied by a delegation of Dutch companies. With this visit, the Minister intends to strengthen the economic ties in order for the Dutch companies to gain access to the Iranian market.

In 2015, following the nuclear agreement, the economic sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted. Subsequently, the Dutch government has made an effort to establish sound economic relations with Iran. At an earlier date, Ministers Koenders and Kamp already visited the country.
Minister Schultz will specifically focus on promoting commercial relations in the fields of port development, maritime technology, water and delta management, and water technology.

Minister Schultz: ‘After having been closed to Western companies for almost a decade, Iran has an enormous need for knowledge and products in fields in which the Netherlands excels. For example, the country is faced with major water-related challenges. Its water supply is diminishing, which means that it is increasingly difficult to provide the population with drinking water and have sufficient water available for industry and agriculture. This provides Dutch companies with a host of opportunities in the fields of efficient water consumption, water purification, and water desalinisation. Our companies also have a great deal to offer when it comes to ports and logistics.’

The trade delegation will meet with Iranian Ministries in Teheran, and Dutch companies will meet with their Iranian counterparts. These meetings are aimed at promoting mutual collaboration. The schedule also features a visit to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. In the years ahead, Iran is planning major investments in port development. For example, the port of Chandahar, near the Pakistan border, will be expanded. The port of Bandar Abbas will also be extended and renovated. Dutch companies such as BAM, Van Oord, and the Port of Rotterdam command a great deal of expertise in this regard, and are also represented on the Dutch delegation.
With respect to the ports and port development component, the Minister will be accompanied by the following companies: BAM International, Damen Shipyards, Port of Rotterdam, Royal Boskalis Westminster, Royal IHC, STC Groep, Van Oord, and Witteveen + Bos. The following companies will address the water component of the trade mission: Adverio Waste systems, Amstelland, Berson UV, Dutch Water Authorities, Interact Smart Solutions, Witteveen + Bos, and the Netherlands Water Partnership.