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  • 27 Nov 2018 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base 

    CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union has now been in effect a year, as it was provisionally implemented on September 21st, 2017.

    Most of its provisions are in effect since that date, particularly the reduction of tariffs or Customs duties, the opening of government procurement, the mutual recognition of standards and the facilitation of the movement of professionals. It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base, thereby lessening our dependence on the United States.

    While its overall impact, particularly on services and investment is hard to measure at this relatively early stage, looking at our statistics on the trade of goods with the EU should tell us how popular CETA is with Canadian exporters. There are different ways to calculate exports but the figures commonly quoted by Global Affairs Canada indicate European exporters have been faster than us, as up to July 2018, Canadian exports to the EU have grown by a mere one per cent while our imports from the EU have increased by a whopping 12 per cent.

    Of course, Canadian businesses have their eyes riveted on what’s happening with NAFTA, since so much of our trade is with the U.S. and this explains why they have not yet rushed to the conquest of the European market. Ironically, for European businesses, the Canadian market is small but still has good potential, as we are so close to the huge U.S. market.

    Whatever the reason for the current imbalance, it is interesting to look at what’s happening at the individual country level. Canadian exports to the UK, by far our first European market, were down three per cent, as we exported $15.240 billion worth of goods there from September 2017 to July 2018, compared to $15.789 the year before. Exports to our third European market, France, were down eight per cent from $3.085 billion to $2.827 billion and to Belgium down five per cent from $2.674 billion to $2.537 billion.

    On the plus side of the ledger, exports to our second European market, Germany, were up six per cent, from $3.358 billion to $3.556 billion. Exports to the Netherlands were up 23 per cent from $2.420 billion to $2.965 billion, and those to Italy climbed by 19 per cent from $2.120 billion to $2.536 billion.

    Canadian exports with notable growth included aluminum, automobile parts, chemicals, cranberries, and maple syrup. Most of these products are exported by ocean and the Port of Montréal, Canada’s gateway to Europe, reported a four per cent growth in its European container traffic from January to August 2018 versus the same period in 2017.

    As to CETA’s final implementation, twelve European countries out of 28 have ratified it, the latest one being Austria in June 2018. The process continues, albeit slowly. Its only provisions that are pending final ratification of all EU member parliaments concern investor-state dispute settlement and portfolio investment.

    Meantime, trade remains wide open under CETA’s provisional implementation and our exporters should bring Europe closer to the top of their agenda.

    Written by Christian Siviere and re-printed with kind permission from Inside Logistics

  • 19 Nov 2018 17:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A study from the Information and Communications Technology Council indicates that Canada will need to fill approximately 216,000 tech-related positions by 2021.

    A report compiled by Indeed shows which tech jobs have been the hardest to fill so far in 2018, and according to them, “many employers struggle to fill tech-related positions, with some positions remaining open for more than 60 days.”

    “As the industry continues to grow and more start-ups enter the Canadian tech landscape, finding talent will continue to be a challenge,” said Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada. “And we know that the longer a role is left open, the bigger the impact to the company’s bottom line. For tech employers, the importance of expanding their talent pool and finding the right balance of incentives to attract top talent is imperative.”

    Title

    % of jobs open for 60+ days

    Computer Vision Engineer

    56

    Penetration Tester

    51

    Ruby on Rails Developer

    43

    Operations Engineer

    41

    Release Engineer

    40

    C Developer

    37

    Machine Learning Engineer

    37

    System Engineer

    35

    Chief Engineer

    34

    Security Engineer

    33


    Furthermore, using the two cornerstones of salary and growth as a basis, they identified the best jobs in Canada in 2018. The list was based on jobs that have a salary of over $70,000 and have witnessed consistent growth in share of job postings from 2014-2017.

    Tech jobs dominate the list

    Nine of the top ten best jobs in Canada were tech related. As companies continue to undergo digital transformations, demand for tech talent has persisted.

    Machine learning engineer; a programmer who develops complex algorithms that enable machines and systems to run on artificial intelligence (AI), tops the list of the 10 Best Jobs of 2018. With a 634% increase in share of job postings, this field will be a contributor to job creation as well as a significant player in Canada’s tech landscape.

    Following machine learning engineer, the jobs rounding out the top three are full stack developer (+601%), a versatile developer comfortable with both back-end and front-end technologies, and development operations engineer (+460%), who is responsible for a company’s development infrastructure and works with various IT staff to oversee code releases.

  • 24 Aug 2018 13:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Is success in a foreign country your dream? Do you strongly believe in your product or service and want to introduce it abroad? More and more Dutch entrepreneurs are achieving their dreams beyond the Netherlands’ dikes. Export is indispensable for the Dutch economy. Dutch companies can be found all over the world, we facilitate growth and create jobs. If you want to be part of this, but are not capable of achieving it on your own? This is your chance!

    Each year, the Oranje Handelsmissiefonds helps 10 SMEs achieve their international ambitions. Thanks to our international network, knowledge and experience, we can help your company successfully enter new foreign markets.

    International trade facilitation

    The Oranje Handelsmissiefonds is an initiative by ING, KLM, MKB-Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Since King Willem-Alexander took to the throne on 30 April 2013, his interest in expanding and lending royal support to trade missions has marked a turning point. His interest is a boost to international trade for the Netherlands. Now is the ultimate time for startups to combine their initiatives with the knowledge and experience of established companies and go global.

    Can you, as a founder/director of a Dutch SME, convince us of the power of your idea? Then we will help you become successful in a country by your choice. We select ten companies that we support and provide with advice for an entire year. Do you have a good idea? Don’t hesitate, apply! Be quick, you can only apply until September 9, 2018.

  • 23 Aug 2018 09:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through the CETA Market Access Program, an EU funded SURVEY is being conducted to gather input on existing market access barriers encountered by EU companies when entering the Canadian market. This survey aims to provide recommendations for EU institutions, business associations, networks, and chambers to define adequate mitigation strategies.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

  • 06 May 2018 17:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last Thursday afternoon, Princess Margriet opened a new exhibition in the Openlucht Museum in Arnhem.

    De presentatie in de Friese boerderij Midlum vertelt het verhaal van de emigratiegolf van Nederlanders naar Canada in de jaren 50. Nederlanders die het geluk overzee zochten maar ook voor lastige en emotionele keuzes kwamen te staan. Men moest alles achterlaten en opnieuw beginnen. De presentatie laat deze dilemma’s op verschillende manieren zien. Prinses Margriet houdt een korte toespraak en verricht aansluitend de openingshandeling.

    Hoop versus angst
    De tentoonstelling 'Wij gaan naar Canada' laat de emoties zien waar veel gezinnen mee te maken kregen. Het ene gezinslid zag het vertrek naar Canada als een mogelijkheid, hoop op een beter bestaan. Maar tegelijkertijd werd het vertrek naar Canada door een ander gezinslid juist ervaren als angst. Want wat laat je allemaal achter? De tentoonstelling bevat nieuwe technieken die zorgen dat de bezoeker betrokken wordt bij deze dilemma's en emoties.

    Aanwezigheid Koninklijk Huis
    De koninklijke familie heeft een sterke band met het land. Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog vonden kroonprinses Juliana en haar dochters namelijk onderdak in Ottawa, waar prinses Margriet in 1943 geboren is.

    You can find more information about this fascinating museum here.


  • 02 Apr 2018 16:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Waarom moet jij de stap zetten voor deelname aan de Young Lady Business Academy?

    Elske Doets, de ‘Zakenvrouw van het jaar 2017’, heeft als missie om ‘Young Ladies’ te inspireren en te motiveren om hun professionele droom na te gaan jagen! Droom jij ervan om later een succesvolle onderneemster of een zakenvrouw te worden? Door mee te doen aan de Young Lady Business Academy worden jouw twijfels weggenomen en word je concreet op weg geholpen om jouw professionele dromen waar te maken. Tijdens de Academy worden deuren voor jou geopend en krijg je een houvast om jouw professionele droom werkelijkheid te maken!

    De allerbeste Young Lady krijgt de gelegenheid om 4 dagen met Elske Doets mee op zakenreis te gaan naar Amerika of Canada.

    Ben jij een jongedame die wil doen, die durft en die wil doorzetten? Meld je dan aan voor deelname aan de 3e GRATIS Academy van 2 juli t/m 6 juli 2018 (zie procedure hier).

    Young Lady Business Academy
 is for all girls between the ages of 15 and 24. Every education level is welcome, your drive is all that matters. Elske is going to inspire you with the help of 12 power women.  In this one week you’ll learn more that in one year at school! We’ll even arrange for permission from your school for you to come to the Academy.

    YLBA Flyer

  • 30 Mar 2018 16:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Blackberry, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, marked the first time an autonomous vehicle communicated with live city infrastructure on a public road in Canada.



  • 30 Jan 2018 12:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through foreign direct investment 357 foreign companies, including Netflix, Merck Performance Materials and Jellice, generated 12,686 additional jobs in the Netherlands last year contributing 1.67 billion euros to the economy. These impressive results are credited to the Invest in Holland collective, which consists of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, together with various regional partners.

    Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Eric Wiebes, commented: “The presence of foreign companies is important for our country. Some 1.4 million Dutch people have a job directly or indirectly thanks to these companies. The excellent annual NFIA results confirm that we benefit from a good investment climate. Our highly educated population, good infrastructure, pleasant housing and living conditions and competitive fiscal climate attract foreign companies and employees. For our future economic growth and employment it is important that the Dutch business climate remains attractive. We all benefit from that. ”

    Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, under whose responsibility the NFIA falls as well, commented: “The Netherlands has an attractive business climate, and the Dutch economy is in good shape. Also, with a view to Brexit, there is increasing interest from international companies to move activities to the Netherlands or to establish themselves in the Netherlands. It is therefore important that the NFIA, Dutch embassies and consulates overseas continue to put the Netherlands on the map abroad.”

    Distribution centers and headquarters
    Within the Invest in Holland network, the NFIA was directly responsible for 8,158 of the 12,686 jobs. In 2017, the NFIA registered 224 foreign direct investment projects for the Netherlands, corresponding to 1.23 billion euros in investments. The NFIA results show that most new jobs were created in distribution centers (1,864), at headquarters (1,345), in marketing & sales offices (1,316), R&D (1,259) and production sites (1,081). To illustrate, Netflix expanded its European headquarters in Amsterdam with a customer contact center of 400 jobs. Merck Performance Materials invested 15 million euros in its production plant for so-called liquid crystal glass in Veldhoven. Meanwhile, Japanese gelatin producer Jellice expanded its production plant in Emmen, resulting in 25 additional jobs.

    US companies lead employment creation
    As in 2016, the majority of ‘foreign’ jobs were created by companies from the United States. NFIA results for 2017 indicate some 2,516 jobs created by US companies, bringing 110 million euros in investments. Companies from within Europe also provided a substantial number of jobs (2,879), including the UK (872). Japan and India provided 655 and 423 jobs, respectively. Majority of jobs from foreign investments in 2017 came from creative industries such as fashion and entertainment & media (2,126). Additional jobs by sector include agrifood (1,788), IT (1,219), life sciences & health (600) and business services (457).

    Brexit
    Within the Invest in Holland network, special attention was on Brexit last year. The NFIA is in contact with more than 200 foreign companies that are considering a switch to the Netherlands in the wake of Brexit. Many companies choose to wait before they announce their plans for the future, due to the lack of clarity about the new relationship between the UK and the EU. In 2017, 18 companies made a Brexit-related move to the Netherlands. These re-locations accounted for 483 jobs and 19 million euros added to the Dutch economy. In these results, the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam is not yet included.

  • 17 Jan 2018 12:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The CETA Market Access Program for EU Business was launched in the context of the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada with the main objective of enabling EU companies to take full advantage of the trade deal. The main services offered to EU companies through the Program are featured in the brochure here attached. The Program is being managed by DEVELOPMENT Solutions and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN).


    As part of the Program they have recently re-launched a Market Access Survey, which results will feed into studies for the EU Delegation to Canada on the existing market access barriers that EU companies face in entering the Canadian market. These reports will be shared with all EU Member States as a key informational resource. Dutch companies are requested to participate in the survey on any market access related-issues. If members know of other Dutch companies who have faced market access barriers that may wish to contribute, we would appreciate you passing on the below link:

    http://www.euccan.com/market-access-barriers-survey/  

  • 08 Dec 2017 20:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will relocate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This decision was taken in November by the EU 27 Member States in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). The Agency now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam on 30 March 2019 at the latest.

    “We welcome today’s decision on the new location of EMA. Now that we finally know where our journey is taking us, we can take concrete actions for a successful move,” said EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi.

    “Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes,” he continued. “It offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs. I am very grateful that the Member States took into account our requirements for business continuity and gave priority to the protection of public and animal health.

    EMA has been based in London, UK, since it was established in 1995. It currently employs nearly 900 staff members at its headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

    "Our internal surveys have shown that a large majority of EMA staff would be willing to move with the Agency to Amsterdam. However even in this case, our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps in knowledge and expertise.”

    EMA has to relocate due to the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the EU. Amsterdam was one of 19 offers to host EMA submitted by the Member States at the end of July 2017. Today’s decision on EMA’s new location follows an assessment of the bids by the European Commission and EMA.

    “My staff and I are very honoured that so many Member States showed an interest in hosting EMA,” Professor Rasi commented. “The huge effort invested by the bidding countries to put together their proposals is a reflection of the Agency’s important role in the protection of public and animal health and the stimulation of a vibrant and innovative pharmaceutical industry.”

    The decision today marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines whereby the relocation has to be completed by 30 March 2019.

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