Symposium Eurotowns on attracting top industries in Schiedam

Annex to the General Assembly of Eurotowns, Schiedam organizes a side-event connected to the EU2020 strategy.  The symposium  iss called “The return of the maritime industry – Schiedam model to attract top industries”. This symposium focuses on the top industries. How do medium sized cities relate to top industries? How can win-win situations be created?  Schiedam has a long lasting history with maritime industry.

Different points of view regarding the history, challenges and opportunities of this industry will be exchanged. There will be more than 70 participants at the symposium, 25 of them from 13 different Eurotowns cities from 8 different countries. The Eurotowns members will have the exclusive opportunity to visit one of Schiedam’s top maritime industries, Huisman, worldwide lifting,drilling and subsea solutions.

October, 25th 2012

9.15 Opening by Mr Sharon Kroes, chairman
9.20 Welcome, by Mr Mario Stam, member of the Schiedam City Executive Board, alderman on European Affairs
9.25 Schiedam: challenges and opportunities, by Mr Peter Groeneweg, member of the Schiedam City Executive Board, alderman on Economic Affairs
9.40 The Schiedam experience: how the local government created an opportunity, by Mr Reinier Scheeres MA, mayor of Schiedam from 1983 – 2006
10.00 Contribution of Schiedam top maritime industries to the Port of Rotterdam, by Mr Arie Kraaijeveld MA, chairman of Maritime by Holland
10.20 Huisman and Schiedam: an important economic relationship, by Mr Jaap Korf, CEO of RABObank International and board member of Huisman
10.40 Creating more success for local maritime industry in EU, by Mr Rinus van Schendelen, professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam
11.00 – 11.25 Questions & debate
11.25 – 11.30 Closing part 1, by Mr Mario Stam
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee/tea & snack

Part 2 Vijfsluizen (for Eurotowns members only)
12.00 – 14.00 Visit to one of Schiedam’s top industries Huisman, worldwide lifting, drilling and subsea solutions
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch
14.00 -14.30 Press meeting by Mr Paolo Gandolfi, Mr Mario Stam and Mr Peter Groeneweg
15.00 -15.15 Conclusions and closing ceremony, by Mr Mario Stam

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