In 2016 the Dutch government will take on the presidency of the Council of EU. Among other things, during its presidency, the Dutch government intends to take the lead in focusing the EU countries on sustainable economic development and trade. To that end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needed a neutral external facilitator with expertise in trade and development to facilitate dialogues among the various departments within the ministry. The dialogues were to help create a unified vision and strategy on sustainable trade and bring coherence to the ministry’s wide range of initiatives.
NewForesight consultants facilitated dialogues among the various departments and working groups within the ministry responsible for connecting the Netherlands’ trade strategy with its sustainable development strategy. This was done through a series of workshops and group work, where NewForesight guided the teams towards a unified vision. The facilitated workshops brought coherence to the ministry’s wide range of initiatives. The internal strategy document that resulted from these efforts was adopted by the minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in June 2015.
Workshops aligning various initiatives and an internal strategy document adopted by the minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs will use this strategy when determining the EU Council’s agenda on sustainable development and trade during the Dutch presidency.