Opening first Dutch embassy in Yerevan "a testament to the trust we have in Armenia’s future”
July 3, 2020
Morris Kerens director of Holland Trade Support, (HTS) who has been working with Armenia for more than 20 years, is enthusiastic now that there is (finally) a Dutch embassy in Yerevan.
This will benefit business. Certainly also the agriculture and livestock sector. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products of the world (USA is number one). The Dutch agricultural exports in 2018 exceeded 90 billion euro.
"We can achieve more in Armenia now. We have a good reputation in Armenia thanks to the reliable Dutch companies that already do business in Hayastan:”,Kerens says.
He continued: “ Its is nice to do business with the hospitable Armenians in that sector, who like to complement their knowledge with ours and are “in” for innovation at European level.
The have a great potential of young good educated people. An active embassy is of great importance in this respect.” according to Mr Kerens.
His Excellency Mr. Nico Schermers, first designated resident Ambassador told: “For me, the opening of this embassy could not come at a more interesting and important time. Not only is it a key step in further enhancing our bilateral relations it is also a testament to the trust we have in Armenia’s future”.
His Excellency Mr. Mr Tigran Balayan, since October 2018, the Ambassador of Armenia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the OPCW stated: “I am confident that Ambassador Nico Schermers will be an important ally in expanding bilateral cooperation in all possible field”.
According to Kerens these are not empty words. He has already had some contact with both ambassadors. On juli 8, Mr Balayan organised a reception for mr Schermers at which the business community is invited including HTS and her partners. Mr Kerens initiated a meeting at VDL Agrotech, city Eindhoven (on July 23) with both ambassadors.
Kerens continued: “ There will definitely be further discussion about the feasibility of a broiler project (budgeted at 15 billion) in which the Netherlands and Armenia cooperate and in which HTS and VDL Agrotech plays a leading role. The aim of this project is to reduce a large part of the import of chicken meat in Armenia and to improve the meat quality”.
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