Opportunities for cooperation
The Netherlands has a strong relationship with Tatarstan and is the main business partner of the region. Both parties want to expand the partnership, focused on business as well as cultural partnerships and knowledge exchange in for example agriculture, health care, IT and logistics.
To support the partnership with Tatarstan, former ambassador Renée Jones-Bos from the Netherlands visited Kazan, the capital of Tartarstan, on 21 September 2018 with a delegation of Dutch businesses. Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov welcomed the delegation.
After his meeting with the ambassador, the president announced that they had agreed on a Dutch visit to the deleagation of Tatarstan during the 2019 edition of the Gaidar Forum. The Gaidar Forum is an annual Moscow-based conference of Russian political and business leaders, scientists and public figures.
Ambassador Jones was accompanied by a large delegation of Dutch international companies, such as the Dutch tech multinational Philips and the producer of GPS's and electronic maps TomTom. The consultants Tebodin and the Dutch Russian Livestock Foundation represented the engineering sector and the agricultural sector, respectively.
The counter visit was held on 2 April 2019 at Brainport Eindhoven, a high-tech park in the Netherlands. President Minnikhanov was welcomed there by Secretary-General Maarten Camps of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
During his visit to Eindhoven, a city in the province of Noord-Brabant known as the birthplace of Philips, Minnikhanov emphasised that the development of mutually beneficial trade and economic relations will help establish favourable conditions to expand regional cooperation. He also explained that Tatarstan is actively interacting with foreign businesses and that it supports foreign companies, for example by helping them launch production facilities in the Russian region.
Secretary-General Camps had also announced that a Dutch team will participate in the Worldskills 2019, an international competition for craftsmen and -women held in Tatarstan’s capital Kazan. He stated that the Netherlands is the third trading partner of Russia and that the Dutch are proud to have a long-standing relationship with Tatarstan. Besides culture, Camps sees opportunities for cooperation in fields such as agriculture, information technology, health care and logistics.