INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF THE DUTCH WATER SECTOR

The Dutch water sector has a strong position in the international water market, but it is very poorly represented at ISO and CEN at the global and European level. Dutch parties that operate internationally can support the water sector in order to make the international position of the Netherlands more sustainable. Standardization helps promote cooperation with relevant countries and networks.

Read the inspiring stories of parties with a vision for the international impact of the Dutch water sector.

  • Wouter Remmelts

    Managing Director of BAM International BV

    The playing field for international tenders could be more honest

    Competition is a good thing and as BAM International we are keen to take part in international calls for tenders. However, we notice that a low price is often decisive, while factors such as working conditions, quality, sustainability and anti-corruption policy are not sufficiently taken into account. I am therefore an advocate of internationally enforced award criteria and contract conditions.

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  • Doulaye Kone

    Deputy Director Sanition & Hygiene at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    It's okay to be a bit more progressive

    In many developing countries, people do have access to internet and social media, but not to a clean toilet. One of the causes is the lack of good standards in the water sector. So let's get started!

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  • Lennart Silvis

    Director of NWP

    Trust is important when selling technology’

    The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) supports the water sector in exports and international cooperation. More than 200 organizations (both profit and non-profit, from drinking water to dikes) have joined, based on their conviction that they have a greater impact internationally by working together. Director Lennart Silvis is keen to explain the relationship between innovative water technology and standardization.

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  • Henk Ovink

    Water Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    We won’t save any lives with reports

    Water causes huge problems around the world. Too much water, too little water and water that is too dirty – in the urbanised deltas in particular, such problems can have a disastrous impact. The Dutch government wants to play a significant role in solving these problems. Intensive cooperation and transparency are the foundations of the Dutch approach.”

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  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    It is crucial for us to pull together and it would be good if, within the foreseeable future, we could achieve results in the form of more standardized tender procedures and equitable contract conditions.

    Wouter Remmelts
    Managing Director of BAM International BV
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    Because standardization is a democratic process, in which knowledge of the sector is translated into practical requirements and recommendations, it is by far the best way of sharing knowledge. Unfortunately, in the water sector this still happens far too little.

    Doulaye Kone
    Deputy Director Sanition & Hygiene at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    Linking international efforts and involvement in standardization with our activities is important for marketing Dutch technology.

    Lennart Silvis
    Director of NWP
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    To avoid making the same mistakes tomorrow as those made today, it is necessary to have the capacity to learn. You can achieve this by evaluating projects in a very transparent and measurable way

    Henk Ovink
    Water Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Read more about standardization

Water is an extremely broad subject. Water is involved in nearly everything. There is water for drinking, but also constructions that are supposed to protect us against water. There is also the water used in production processes (e.g. cooling water) and the sewerage system that is supposed to process rainwater. NEN is involved in all these matters, as it makes sound agreements on them at the national, but also at the international level. View the infographic to get a clearer picture