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East Anglia agrees trade partnership with Dutch province

PUBLISHED: 08:50 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 27 September 2018

East Anglian and Dutch officials sign a Memorandum of Understanding. (L-R) Graham Plant, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council; Doug Field, chairman of New Anglia LEP; Henk Brink, deputy governor of Drenthe Provincie; and Richard Smith from Suffolk County Council. Picture: New Anglia LEP

East Anglian and Dutch officials sign a Memorandum of Understanding. (L-R) Graham Plant, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council; Doug Field, chairman of New Anglia LEP; Henk Brink, deputy governor of Drenthe Provincie; and Richard Smith from Suffolk County Council. Picture: New Anglia LEP

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Dutch trade officials have signed a partnership agreement with Norfolk and Suffolk to strengthen trade relations between the areas.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Drenthe Provincie follows a trade visit in July when Dutch delegates and business representatives from the East met for the first time.

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) inward investment team initiated the joint-working relationship, supported by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.

Work between the two areas will focus on exploring niche markets, participating in trade shows and planning trade visits, potential inter-regional projects, regional collaboration and creating commercial and organisational ties.

Doug Field, chairman of New Anglia LEP, said: “These initiatives are the way forward in this economic climate and we’re excited about the exchange of ideas, R&D and export prospects.”

Henk Brink, deputy governor of Drenthe Provincie, said: “I’m looking forward to exploring the opportunities in the Provincie of Drenthe and East Anglia. Two regions that have strong cultural and historical ties, but also a prosperous future.”

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