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Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Says Entrepreneurs Are Vital for Sustainable Development


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands said entrepreneurs were crucial for sustainable global economic growth at a summit in The Hague attended by around 2,000 top officials and business people.

Opening the plenary session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 on June 4, Queen Maxima described herself as a “member of the Dutch community of entrepreneurship.”

“Entrepreneurship has been the backbone of the economy for the centuries. (Whole) industry has been transformed, from energy, water resources to agriculture… making all the sectors more efficient and more accessible.

“Let’s keep doing the things we do for a better world.”

The queen stressed that government oversight was still needed to protect consumers and stability of systems but added this should not stifle innovation.

"For all these things to work in an inclusive and fair way, we will need certain prerequisites," she said.

"These key prerequisites include: cyber security, digital I.D. systems, customer data protections, financial and digital literacy, data privacy and connectivity to all segments of the population." 

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The three-day summit kicked off on June 3, with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaking at the opening ceremony. Attendees included selected scale-up and startup entrepreneurs as well as academics and investors.

The Hague Mayor Pauline Krikke described The Netherlands as a “gateway” to other European markets. She noted the majority of Dutch people tend to speak excellent English, which many consider to be the global language of business.

Gateway Business Support (Gateway), a Dutch private consultancy firm established in 2012, touted at the summit its wide range of support services for foreign companies wanting to do business in the Netherlands.

The company is one of the “founding fathers” of the European American Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam, which was established in 2019,

Feliciana Hsu
English journalist and PR for Global Affairs

Feliciana gained her MSc of Media Power and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.

After graduating from London, she started her career of being journalist at Business Next Media and Meet Startup @TW Website, and specializes in interviewing about innovation and technology.

Within her career, she has interviewed various experts in their field, including Mr.Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Fleur Pellerin, former French Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic in 2010.