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Hilton Akron/Fairlawn


The Netherlands & the U.S. — Global Initiatives / Domestic Differences

Dr. Stephan Raes, Head of Economic Department, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, D.C.


On September 11, 1609, Henry Hudson sailed into what is now New York City. His voyage established Dutch claims to the region. New Amsterdam in Manhattan became the capital of New Netherland in 1625.

Today, the Netherlands and U.S. continue to share mutually beneficial economic ties, with an estimated 850,000 jobs in the U.S. related to Netherlands foreign investment here

Dr. Stephan Raes will focus both on the U.S./Netherlands relationship today as well as some challenges specific to his country:

  • Sustainability, water and energy. Since the Katrina and Rita hurricanes in New Orleans, cooperation in both water management and clean energy has progressed. Some 70% of the Dutch live below sea level, generating ongoing initiatives with application for the U.S. and other countries.
  • Cooperation in combating global drug trade. Dr. Raes will discuss this in the context of the Netherlands' soft drug policy and how this differs from that of the U.S.
  • Recent immigration into the Netherlands. This is occurring in many other European countries. Dr. Raes will address this both in terms of resulting benefits and the debates on how people of different origins live together.

Dr. Raes will also provide an overview of the Netherland's health care policies in the context of the U.S. Congress' proposals.

We invite you to attend this important event and extend your welcome and your questions and comments to Dr. Stephan Raes.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

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