In the first week of May, five Dutch enterprises (presentations follow below) visited Brazil to present their expertise in the Urban Health sector and develop cooperation with local partners.
In the context of modern day Brazil, having large urbanised areas dealing with water usage, polution and other environmental en societal questions, the Dutch companies answer to a demand of opportunities in areas such as industrial water and wastewater management, air pollution control, soil cleaning, filtration of drinking water and environmental remediation.
The visit started with an outstanding meeting in Salvador, hosted by the Federation of Industries of Bahia (FIEB) for a conference with invited local companies, local governement, such as the State Sanitation company of Bahia to discuss the current challenges in Urban Health and jointly look for solutions in the scope of cooperation. After Salvador the mission continued to Belo Horizonte for a two-day visit.
The first day the group had a meeting with the State Sanitation company (COPASA). The company is responsible for a great part of the water supply, sanitary sewage and solid waste solutions of the State of Minas Gerais This meeting has certainly risen the expectations of both parts, as the Dutch companies were able to see the large-scale of operations COPASA performs in the state and solutions in order to facilitatie or improve these operations the Dutch Urban Health mission may bring.
At the last day of meetings in Brazil the five Dutch enterprises could present themselves to an audience of policy-makers, stakeholders and local business in a seminar hosted by the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais (FIEMG). In this opportunity, the enterprises had a morning to present their products and services, which ended with one-to-one meetings with local potential partners.
Certainly, it was a chance to present Dutch expertise and smart solutions in a segment that Brazilian cities and companies offer ample opportunities in large scale and to have a first approach to local partners.
Reported by Marcos Souza, Deputy Representative – Belo Horizonte
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