The Netherlands’ Seaport Network – Connecting Europe to the World en

By Qwerty-273 on Tuesday 23 April 2019 16:49 - Comments (6)
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The Netherlands plays a vital role in today’s globalized economy as a key logistics hub connecting the European continent to the wider world. With a network of six dynamic seaports spread out along its North Sea coastline, the Dutch seaports utilize cutting-edge infrastructure, efficient customs services and world-class logistics service providers to ensure that steady flows of goods stream seamlessly in and out of the continent, serving a massive European market of 500 million consumers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Strategic locations for market access
The Dutch have, for more than four centuries, been one of the world’s foremost seafaring nations and, by extension, a trading nation second to none. For its size, the country is a true powerhouse, ranking as the fifth-largest exporter in the world: in 2018 the Netherlands exported goods to the value of 625 billion US Dollars, equivalent to 3.7 per cent of total world exports. A large portion of these exports are transshipments of goods entering the Netherlands and being forwarded on to other countries. With a favorable location at the very heart of Europe, the Dutch seaports are ideally located for serving Europe and the rest of the world, making them strategic locations for companies engaged in transporting goods across various markets. They play a central role in the Netherlands’ logistics and distribution network.

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Port of Rotterdam
With over 700 years as a leading location for trading and shipping, the Port of Rotterdam is the jewel in the crown of the Dutch seaports and features the world’s best port infrastructure, according to the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017. This position is largely due to state-of-the-art facilities, an extensive inland shipping fleet and logistics network serving the hinterland and major investment programs in the region. It is by far the largest port in Europe and currently 10th-largest in the world.

Spread along a 40km-long corridor, the port receives some 30,000 seagoing ships and around 105,000 inland vessels a year. A staggering 470 million tons of goods pass through the port each year creating 180,000 jobs and contributing 21 billion euros (3% of GDP) to the economy. The Port Authority is also spearheading moves to transition to sustainable energy sources with numerous sustainable innovation initiatives, such as SmartPort, whose purpose is to connect knowledge institutions with the port’s business community and contributing to the port’s ambition to be the World’s Smartest Port by 2050.

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Port of Amsterdam
The Port of Amsterdam is the fourth-largest in Western Europe, and Amsterdam is also a significant hub for international traffic and also a popular cruise destination. In 2017, the ports in the North Sea Canal Area employed more than 68,000 people and handled just over 100 million tons of goods and, with a contribution of 7.2 billion euros, the area is of key importance to the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

The circular economy is a focal point in the Port of Amsterdam’s overall strategy. Its goal is to become the foremost circular economy hotspot in Europe, providing the perfect launch pad for entrepreneurs who are passionate about transforming society and the ways resources are used. This commitment to the circular economy goes beyond infrastructure as the port provides startups and scale-ups with opportunities to connect with other circular- and bio-based initiatives and with other industries through cross-overs, enabling them to find new synergies across the entire value chain.

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Groningen Seaports
‘Groningen Seaports’ is the collective name of the northerly ports Delfzijl and Eemshaven. With over 700 hectares of available terrain, there is no shortage of space for entrepreneurs to set up operations and the ports feature multi-modal accessibility with deep-sea-, road-, rail- and inland shipping connections. Located roughly half-way between the major ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg, Eemshaven, with a depth of 14m, is particularly suited to companies in sectors such as Offshore Wind and Datacenters, while Delfzijl’s focus is more focused on the Chemical industry and the circular economy. Groningen Railport, in Veendam, is one of the Netherlands’ largest inland rail terminals and especially important for containers as a logistics hub between the main ports in the west (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp) and the north (Bremen, Hamburg).

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Port of Moerdijk
To the south of Rotterdam lies the 4th-largest seaport in the Netherlands, the Port of Moerdijk, in the neighborhood of the Moerdijk chemical industry complex, where many large industrial chemical concerns and logistics service providers are located. The port and industrial estate were the first in the Netherlands to receive BREEAM-NL Area Certification for sustainability performance. The Port has a strong and widespread chemicals cluster and is connected directly via a pipeline system with chemicals clusters in Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zeeland, North Limburg and the Ruhr area. In Moerdijk, there is also a strong focus on circular economy with many chemical and chemical-related companies making use of each other’s raw materials and residual streams and thus closing chains. The port area offers plenty of room for new business activities within various business parks: Logistics Park Moerdijk, Industrial Park, TradePark, Seaport and EcoPark.

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North Sea Port
To the south of Moerdijk lie the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen, operating under the name North Sea Port. In 2018, a cross-border port area agreement was finalized with the port areas of Gent, in Belgium, and the Zeeland Seaports (Vlissingen & Terneuzen). These ports, with a collective 60km-long port area, handle thousands of ships per year and the Westerschelde estuary which they straddle is one of the busiest sea routes in the world. The North Sea Port, with its specialized terminals, serves as the southern entry point to the country and the corridor through to the rest of Europe. Key business areas include Breakbulk, Containers, Offshore/Project cargo, Rolling Stock & Automotive and Dry Bulk. Deepwater access is a feature of Vlissingen port, with a draught of 17m, and in terms of goods traffic, at over 70 million tons, North Sea Port was 10th on the list of European ports.

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Premier network for market access
The Netherlands’ seaport network, as you can see, provides untold opportunities for companies to establish and expand their logistical operations in and out of the vast European market and on to the rest of the world. The Dutch, as traders sans pareil, understand what it takes to achieve success in global trade, something they have excelled at for centuries. The seaports underpin this with concrete propositions that can be built upon.

Via Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency

Moldavië vandaag de dag

Door Qwerty-273 op woensdag 17 april 2019 17:26 - Reacties (9)
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De Republiek Moldavië is een republiek in Zuid-Oost-Europa, grotendeels gelegen tussen de rivieren Proet en Dnjestr. Het land wordt in het westen en het zuiden begrensd door Roemenië en in het noorden en het oosten door Oekraïne. De hoofdstad is Chisinau. Het land geldt als een van de armste landen in Europa. Moldavië behoorde tot 1991 tot de Sovjet-Unie.

Moldavië is een presidentiële republiek met een parlementair stelsel. De uitvoerende macht is in handen van de president die door het parlement wordt gekozen voor een termijn van vier jaar. De wetgevende macht is in handen van het eenkamerparlement, dat om die vier jaar door middel van algemeen kiesrecht wordt gekozen. De kiesleeftijd is 18 jaar. De premier staat aan het hoofd van het kabinet.

Wie benieuwd is hoe het huidige Moldavië er door de ogen van een vlogger uitziet, kan een kijkje nemen op YouTube. Daar loopt bijvoorbeeld de vlogger "bald and bankrupt" rond, een Engelsman die vloeiend Russisch spreekt, die er op uittrekt en zijn belevenissen vastlegt op camera. Natuurlijk kiest hij een erg typsiche kant van de westerse man met een "kijk eens naar dit arme zooitje"-standpunt. Maar toch kan je kan door zijn vlogs deels de huidige maatschappij zien (of dan op zijn minst een deel weer daarvan).



Natuurlijk kan je vanuit je eigen luie stoel, of vanaf de bank in je eigen woonkamer, investeren in de Moldavische leningen sector via bijvoorbeeld Mintos. Op dit platform kan je voor de Moldavische markt kiezen om te investeren in leningen die aangeboden worden door IuteCredit, Mogo en Sebo.

IuteCredit heeft zijn hoofdkantoor in Estland. Het bedrijf is actief in Albanië, Kosovo, Macedonië en Moldavië. In Moldavië biedt men aan om in zowel persoonlijke als auto leningen te investeren. Het rente percentage dat je over deze investeringen kunt krijgen ligt tussen de 10% en 11% op jaarbasis.

Mogo heeft zijn hoofdkantoor in Letland. Het bedrijf is actief in onder andere Bulgarije, Estland, Georgië, Letland, Litouwen, Moldavië, Polen en Roemenië. In Moldavië biedt men aan om in auto leningen te investeren. Het rente percentage dat je over deze investeringen kunt krijgen ligt tussen de 9% en 10% op jaarbasis.

Sebo heeft zijn hoofdkantoor in Moldavië. Men biedt aan om in zowel kortlopende als persoonlijke leningen te investeren. Het rente percentage dat je over deze investeringen kunt krijgen ligt tussen de 12% en 13,5% op jaarbasis.

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Mintos - belangrijk nieuws voor mensen met auto-invest

Door Qwerty-273 op vrijdag 12 april 2019 16:19 - Reageren is niet meer mogelijk
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Mintos heeft een update doorgevoerd, maar door wat technische problemen hebben ze daarmee ook de auto-invest geraakt. Hierdoor zal iedereen die Aforti Finance, AASA Sweden en Lendo in hun auto-invest portfolio hadden, deze weer terug moeten voegen (als je dat wilt natuurlijk).

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Some loans were removed from your Auto Invest portfolio, here's how to fix it

As you may be aware, in March, we updated the Mintos Rating for select loan originators - the first time the ratings have been changed since they were launched in August of 2018. The loan originators who had their ratings changed were Aforti Finance, Capital Service, AASA Sweden, Hipocredit Latvia, Hipocredit Lithuania, ID Finance Georgia and Lendo.

The Mintos Rating was changed for these loan originators based on 2018 third-quarter results and industry insights, which resulted in some of the ratings increasing, whereas the ratings for Aforti Finance, AASA Sweden and Lendo were reduced. You can read about all of the rating changes and the reasoning behind them here.

With the rating change, it was our intention to only remove the applicable loan originators from investors’ Auto Invest portfolios based on their “Mintos Rating” filter. This means, before the change, if you were filtering loans with a Mintos Rating of B or higher than your AI portfolio would have chosen to invest in Aforti Finance loans. However, as Aforti’s rating was downgraded to a C+ following the change, the idea was that these loans would then be removed.

Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, regardless of what you have chosen as your risk preference for the Mintos Rating, loans from Aforti Finance, AASA Sweden and Lendo were completely removed from all AI portfolios, regardless of what you have chosen as your risk preference for Mintos Ratings.

Firstly, we would like to apologise for this technical error. But, never fear, there is a simple and quick solution. If you still want to invest in loans from the loan originators who had their ratings changed, then all you need to do is go back into your Auto Invest settings and re-include them in your portfolio.
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In wake of Brexit, British companies head to Amsterdam en

By Qwerty-273 on Wednesday 10 April 2019 15:58 - Comments (3)
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The chaos surrounding the daunting Brexit process has signaled plenty of trouble for the British economy.

For starters, Honda, a reliable employer in the United Kingdom for decades, is closing its Swindon factory and scrapping plans for new factories in Britain. Thousands of jobs are going away.

It’s not just the carmakers leaving the UK. Banks are moving to Frankfurt, Airbus is probably pulling out, and North American and Japanese firms are leaving in droves. A trillion dollars in assets are being shifted from the UK to the rest of Europe.

Many UK companies aren't venturing far, though — to the Netherlands.

It’s Jeroen Nijland’s job to convince businesses that the Netherlands is their best bet for safe harbor. He’s the commissioner of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, which assists companies looking to set up shop in the country. The agency does everything from organizing fact-finding missions to arranging meetings with partners.

Ever since the Brexit process started, Nijland and his colleagues have been extra busy. Their workload has tripled, and they’ve had to take on more staff to meet the demand.

“We are working on 250 Brexit-related products; 250 is also not the maximum of the projects for us,” Nijland said. “It will continue to grow as insecurity is still there. Half of the companies moving over were UK companies, and a quarter were North American companies.”

Nijland says that as chaos around Brexit drags on, it's forcing a lot of UK-based companies who were considering moving across the English Channel last year to finally do it now.

“What investors really are looking for is a stable environment. These are strategic decisions that involve a lot of money. ... They can only make these decisions in an orderly way if the environment is predictable. If you want to do something for investors, this is one of the best things you can do.”

Amsterdam "has arguably done more than any other European competitor to minimize the damage, and even find considerable upsides," a recent Politico story says.

The city drew 153 foreign companies in 2018, bringing 7,200 jobs with them, Politico reports. In addition, "Half of the 4,000 jobs that will be created over the next three years are directly due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, according to the city government," the Politico story says.

Nijland says the biggest catch for the Netherlands thus far is the European Medicines Agency or EMA. The EMA is the European Union’s equivalent of the United States' Food and Drug Administration.

It moved from London to Amsterdam last month, bringing 900 jobs with it.

The EMA is currently in temporary digs near Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station while their permanent headquarters by the World Trade Center in the South Axis business district are readied. The EMA had to act fast to get ahead of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

“We knew at EMA that this would have consequences,” said Elizabeth Scanlan, a communications officer originally from Galway in the Irish Republic. When she thinks back to the Brexit referendum, she’s still “amazed and shocked by the result.”

Scanlan has had to start anew in Amsterdam. That includes learning Dutch. “I can say dank je wel ["thanks"] and alstublieft ["please"] and some pleasantries like that. My kids can speak it already. Maybe ask me again next year, OK?”

If the Dutch government wants UK-based companies to view the steady Dutch economy as a kind of lifeboat, think again. Nijland says he’s concerned that the Netherlands may get sucked down with it.

“Personally, I think this is really bad for the Netherlands because we are also trading with the UK. They’re the second-biggest trading partner of the Netherlands ... this is really bad.”

Via Public Radio International.

Electroneum.M1 (of te wel de ETN bandwagon!) en

By Qwerty-273 on Monday 25 February 2019 13:56 - Comments (3)
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Electroneum M1 Smartphone Launch

You need to see it to believe it - it is literally jaw droppingly good looking!
https://electroneum.com/m1/

We've partnered with a large phone manufacturer to create an Electroneum Smartphone - "The phone that pays you back". It's got a fantastic spec including dual sim (so people can have a SIM capable of ETN top up as well as any other SIM they currently favour). It's a 4G model with 8GB of internal storage (expandable). Dual camera's, thin, light and beautiful in Electroneum Blue. We've got pallets of thousands heading out to a couple of international destinations as we speak.

Why launch an Electroneum phone?

Our extensive research on the ground over the last year showed us that both users AND MVNOs both get a sense of added credibility and trust from hardware manufacturers. It's not EASY to build a phone! It shows our commitment to the mobile industry and allows us to speak to MVNOs in a language they fully understand, whilst introducing cryptocurrency. From a user's perspective it allows a user to trust a new brand (Electroneum) that they might not have heard of. There is (unfortunately) still a lot of mistrust in the cryptocurrency space and we are doing everything we can to ensure Electroneum stands head and shoulders above ALL other cryptocurrencies as the one to trust for partnerships and long term business development. This is a fantastic tool for creating trust and credibility whilst also bringing a new viral growth mechanism into the on-the-ground ecosystem. Imagine the talking point of a brand new phone - and when I say it's good looking - I really mean it. It looks as good as a $1000 USD phone - but it's likely to be selling for around $80 USD (subject to individual distributors markups).

The phone really is Electroneum all the way to the core, it comes with Electroneum wallpapers, an animated Electroneum start up screen and comes pre-loaded with the Electroneum App!

How do I get one!?

These will first be rolling out in the ecosystem areas that we get live - but we will also be getting them fulfilled by Amazon Marketplace in the not too distant future.