“These have been difficult and unprecedented times and I am very proud that together with the Holland House Chile we have been able to continue to support commerce between Chile and the Netherlands in a digital way with innovative and interactive tools and enthusiastic people” says ambassador Carmen Gonsalves. “However, digital will never be able to replace the human and subtle side of diplomacy”, adds Wim Stam, chairperson of the Holland House Chile.
“Therefore, after a long time of much-needed lockdown restrictions, we are very pleased about the return of in-person meetings and events”, says ambassador Carmen Gonsalves. “For example, we organized, for the first time in person since 2019, our King’s Day reception 2022. It is a moment where we reflect on the friendship between Chile and the Netherlands. Chile and the Netherlands share many values, such as a strong commitment to democracy, but also our entrepreneurial and trading spirit.”
“Both Chile and the Netherlands have a well-developed business base and the private sector in our countries is confronted with the need to innovate and change. Both countries are visibly affected by climate change: the water crisis in Chile worries us all. The Netherlands is, given its experience in solving problems related to water, very committed to cooperating with Chile. Also regarding agriculture, ports, logistics and above all the energy transition we work side-by-side with Chile. It is important to find solutions for the good of citizens and the environment, but also for the good of companies that yearn for a sustainable and stable future.”
“At Holland House Chile, we contribute to this by helping Dutch companies to do business in Chile. We are a bridge between these two entrepreneurial countries and offer operational support, impactful services, relevant insights and inspiration” adds Wim Stam. “Members and potential members can count on our professional assistance, business experience in both countries and an ever-expanding range of free and paid services.”
“Even though most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and we are physically open again, this integrated online platform should be considered an extra tool in the tool kit for supporting Dutch business and Dutch citizens, especially for those that are not ready yet to cross the ocean and the beautiful Andes mountains” adds ambassador Carmen Gonsalves.