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!