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Dutch government opens Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency in Tel Aviv

Accompanied by a delegation of over 70 business representatives, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation Verhagen is visiting Israel from 5 to 8 June. In order to further strengthen the ties between the two countries the Dutch government decided to open Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and Netherlands Office for Science & Technology (NOST) offices in Tel Aviv.

On 5 June Minister Verhagen officially opened the NFIA and NOST offices in Israel. Both are located within the Dutch Embassy and headed by respectively Mr. Marnix van Voorbergen and Mr. Paul Jansen. They serve as the local base to promote economic, innovation and R&D cooperation between Dutch and Israeli companies and organizations as well as facilitate Israeli companies’ European expansion plans in the Netherlands.

The Israeli economy is booming, driven by new technologies and internationalization. The NFIA can play an important role in helping Israeli companies to internationalize and seize global opportunities faster. The Netherlands has a lot to offer Israeli companies. Strategic geographical location, excellent tech infrastructure and a good tax climate are a few reasons why Israeli companies like TEVA Pharmaceuticals, ICL and Delek all have their European Headquarters located in the Netherlands. If you want to know more we are open for business!

The NOST office strives to increase the Dutch competitiveness by improving its innovation capacity through (strategic) cooperation with Israeli partners. It gathers and exchanges knowledge about science & technology and related entrepreneurship and it aims to combine R&D efforts between countries. Both Israel and the Netherlands have highly skilled workforces and an entrepreneurial and outward looking spirit. Opportunities for R&D cooperation between businesses and R&D are identified in Agrifood, Water, Energy, Life-Science, Hightech and Creative Industries or in combinations thereof.

The aim of the newly open offices is to provide local Israeli companies with a better understanding of the business landscape in the Netherlands and Europe, and link them with potential partners and networks to expand their businesses in overseas markets.

Source: NFIA Israel, 7 June 2012