RoadShowColombia04A Road Show entitled “Waste: from Reality towards the Future” was held in Colombia February 8-16, 2016. More than 600 representatives of the Colombian waste sector learned to know the Dutch approach towards waste management and explored opportunities for cooperation and trade with the participating Dutch companies.

The timing of the Road Show, led by the Dutch Ambassador in Colombia Mr. Robert van Embden, was chosen carefully. The first of January a new team of mayors as well as municipal and provincial council members has taken office. In the coming four years they will be in charge of waste policies and implementation. The Road Show visited four of Colombia’s biggest cities: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Medellín and Cali. In every city the event was kicked off by Mrs. Linda Breukers, who provided an overview of three years of intense cooperation in integrated waste management between the Netherlands and Colombia. As the Director of the "Holland House Waste Window", Mrs. Breukers will continue to be the point of entry for Dutch waste companies in Colombia in the coming years. Then Mr. Herman Huisman, International Expert of RWS Environment, presented the highlights of Dutch waste policies and implementation in the past decades. He explained different mechanisms for cooperation on integrated waste management. In the words of Mr. David Linares, representative of the Colombian company HevCo: “More than ever we’re convinced of the need for regional cooperation on waste management in Colombia”.

The Dutch companies in the delegation presented themselves: VDL Translift with systems for waste logistics including side loaded waste collection vehicles; Wequips/Bollegraaf with single stream recycling solutions; GMT with control software for waste management; Colombian HevCo as representative for RAVO and Geesinknorba; Trisoplast with mineral seals for landfills and CoCrear featuring solutions for organic waste. During matchmaking sessions the companies laid the groundwork for trade and cooperation in the coming years.

The Road Show was held as part of the ongoing PIB/G2G project “Waste(water) Business Colombia. It was organized by the Holland House Waste Window together with the Colombian Association of Public Service Companies ANDESCO. The PIB/G2G project will continue until mid-2016. The next event is an incoming trade mission to the Netherlands of at least 10 high level representatives of the Colombian waste sector 30 May – 3 June. This mission will kick off in the Netherlands and will end with a tour of the Dutch representation at the IFAT Trade Fair in Munich.

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