The Netherland’s economic mission to Assam was organized between 10th – 12th December 2017.
The Dutch delegation had a series of important sessions lined up during the three day visit. This included meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal. One of the key sessions on Day 2 of the visit was facilitated by ICCo, where the Dutch delegation was able to interact and know more about the ICCo supported local companies. The session was held in the Rudrasingha Hall of Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati. Important dignitaries who were present for the session included, Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga (Hon’ble Ambassador, Kingdom of the Netherlands ) Mr. Michiel Beirkens (Economy and Commercial Counselor, Kingdom of the Netherlands) Mr. Amlan Bora (Trade & Investment Commissioner, Netherlands Business Support Office), Ms. Ravleen Pal (Senior Policy Officer, Economic & Commercial Department)
Ms. Sneha Srivastava from ICCo, started the proceedings for the day with a warm welcome note. Mr. Alay Barah (Executive Director, ICCo) then addressed the gathering and thanked them for their presence on the occasion. He acknowledged the Hon’ble Ambassador on the Embassy’s initiative to visit Assam and interact with the stakeholders. Mr. Barah spoke at length about ICCo’s role in scouting and uplifting the entrepreneurs of the North East India working on Agriculture & Allied sectors and Clean Energy.
This was followed by the keynote address from Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga. He complimented ICCo’s activities in India, specifically in the North East region. He stressed on the importance of SMEs for a country’s economic growth and shared examples of how the SMEs in the Netherlands have contributed to the country’s growth story. He informed the gathering about the purpose of the Economic Mission to Assam and that the scouting of SMEs, who can be partners with their counterparts was one of the key objectives. He mentioned that he wanted to intensify a strategic management relationship between the Government, the Embassy and the Companies. He advised the entrepreneurs to keep track of the announcements that are released by the Embassy. He expressed happiness over the delegation’s visit and wished everyone a successful and inspiring event.
Mr. Nitin Singh then presented ICCo’s work in the North East, emphasizing on Agri Value Chain (Agri & livestock), Clean Energy, Access to finance, Impact Investments & Supporting Innovations in Agribusiness. The enterprises supported by ICCo were then invited to present their growth stories.
This was followed by interactions between the enterprises and the delegates in which the enterprises mostly spoke about the specific collaboration they were looking for. Ms. Geetashori (Green Biotech EcoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.) cited that availability of technology on tissue culture/mushroom cultivation would give a big boost to the company, Mr. Manoj Bosumatary (Symbiotic Foods Pvt. Ltd.) mentioned that there is a need of commercial pig farms to meet the requirement of pork meat in the region, Mr. Dutta (CK Udyog Foods Pvt. Ltd.) stated that market linkages would give a boost to his company, Anjan Borah (Prachurya Agro Pvt. Ltd.) shared his interest to collaborate on processed/frozen meat for large institutional buyers, Ms. Iba Blah (Saiñhun Ventures Pvt. Ltd.) stated her plans to increase organic honey production.
Post the interactive session Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga, shared that the Embassy and ICCo should work in collaboration on critical areas identified by the enterprises. . He mentioned that Centre for Promotion of Imports from developing countries can be of help to some of the enterprises. He also felt that Wageningen University & Research can be of great benefit to the enterprises as the institute is already associated with the Government of Assam in development projects.
The event was concluded with a B2B Interaction and product display booth visit, where the enterprises had put up some of their indigenous products.