6 Nov 2012
Economic mission to Turkey. Copyright: Royal HaskoningDHV
Economic mission to Turkey. Copyright: Royal HaskoningDHV

Jaska de Bakker, CFO and Executive Board member Royal HaskoningDHV, is to accompany Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on his economic mission to Turkey until 7 November 2012.

The purpose of the mission is to strengthen the already intensive diplomatic and economic ties between the Netherlands and Turkey.
De Bakker is a member of a trade delegation of Dutch CEOs headed by Bernard Wientjes, chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).

Rutte visits Royal HaskoningDHV project in Istanbul

Following a roundtable conference of CEOs on the morning of 7 November, Prime Minister Rutte and De Bakker will together visit one of the Royal HaskoningDHV projects in Turkey, the metro bridge in Istanbul. The bridge interconnects the northern metro system in Istanbul and its southern counterpart to create a link between the Taksim district and the historical city centre. The project is a major challenge for the designers and builders because of the complex subsoil, nearby rifts and historical sites. The bridge was designed by Hakan Kiran Architects with support from Royal HaskoningDHV’s Turkish office.

In the afternoon of 7 November there will be a CSR seminar organised for 250 mostly Turkish companies by the Turkish Chamber of Commerce and the Netherlands Consulate General. Rutte will give a keynote speech and De Bakker a presentation on the sustainability policy of Royal HaskoningDHV.

Life Sciences & Health

Eduard Boonstra, Royal HaskoningDHV's director of healthcare business development, is taking part in the Life Sciences & Health part of the mission. The agenda includes visits to the Turkish Ministry of Health, a Dutch Sustainable Healthcare Solutions seminar, the Eureco Sigorti medical care insurer, the Izmir Development Agency, a matchmaking session and the Medipol hospital.

Royal HaskoningDHV and Turkey

Royal HaskoningDHV has been involved in projects in Turkey for many years. They include the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir Motorway & Izmit Bay Crossing, the Nabucco pipeline, the port of Iskenderun, consultancy services for Turkish Airlines and a new wastewater treatment plant for Siverek. In June 2012 the company acquired a controlling interest in Turkish firm ELC, a geotechnical and environmental consultancy with 50 employees.