DNBN Interviews Mr. Joop Wijn (ABN Amro)


Mr. Joop Wijn, Member of Board of Directors of ABN AMRO Bank N.V, Former Director of Rabobank and Former Minister of Economic Affairs

ABN AMRO opened in the last 18 months new offices in selected key locations for clients of the bank’s Energy, Commodities & Transportation (ECT) business.

ECT has re-established its local presence in several countries to enhance client coverage. ECT is headquartered in Amsterdam and is now supported by a network of 10 international offices in Athens, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Singapore and of course, Oslo. The office in Oslo is lead by Country Executive Mr. Joep Gorgels.

For DNBN the opportunity to interview Mr. Joop Wijn (Member of Board of Directors ABN Amo) about his view on Norway:

Why is Norway important for the Netherlands?

Norway is one of the largest exporters of oil and gas in the world. A large part, around 80% of the Norwegian export has its final destination in Europe. And, as so often, these exports reach their final destination through the Netherlands. Rotterdam is by that token the largest port of Norway. Norway has a large trade surplus with the Netherlands. At the same time, the Netherlands has a lot to offer to Norway: shipbuilding, offshore technology, excellent knowledge of infrastructure, a world class service industry, and that in a virtual neighbouring country. Perhaps even more importantly, the Dutch and Norwegians get along very well. In many respects, the Dutch are the Southernmost Scandinavians!

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Dutch Trendwatcher Bakas in Årskonferansen Bergen 5+ 2012


Adjiedj Bakas (Trendwatcher, Author and Speaker – NL) and Petter Stordalen (Owner and CEO of Home Invest, Home Capital, Home Properties and Nordic Choice Hotels, with over 170 hotels and 9200 employees – NO)

Management in the Future will have little or no controle at all, but it is all about creating vision, inspiration and team building. Perhaps managers from completely different industries develop ideas and products together. Just think, what will happen to the bank industry when Google starts it’s own bank? Adjiedj Bakas gave a tremendous, inspiring and innovative look in the future.


Adjiedj Bakas (NL) and Ms. Trude Drevdal (Mayor of Bergen – NO)

DNBN in the startup phase


Mr. Erik Varwijk (Managing Director Air France/KLM), presenting the dynamics of international trade in KLM’s history, 5th November 2012, Amsterdam NL

We made some big steps in the startup of the DNBN. Kristian Aartun (DNBN Chairman) was in Oslo last week, where he met a lot of people. “Very promising for DNBN”, he said. He visited also the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Yesterday Kristian arrived in the Netherlands, where he will be next week.