Azerbaijan’s Ambassador Nasimi Aghayev embarked on visit to Hamburg

29-30 May 2024, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany: Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Germany, Nasimi Aghayev paid his inaugural visit to Hamburg. During the visit, the first meeting with Jan Pörksen, Head of the Hamburg Senate Chancellery, took place. The flag of Azerbaijan flew over the historic Hamburg City Hall. The ambassador informed his interlocutor about the history, culture, economy, traditions of multiculturalism and foreign policy of Azerbaijan. There was also an exchange of views on strengthening relations between Azerbaijan and Hamburg.

Ambassador Nasimi Aghayev subsequently met with Malte Heyne, General Manager of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Jan Rispens, Managing Director of Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency GmbH and Sven Daniels, partner of HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH. During the meetings, discussions were held on cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, regional transport and transit projects, renewable energy, digitalization, as well as cooperation within the framework of COP29.

Ambassador Nasimi Aghayev also attended the meeting of the Eastern Europe Working Group of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The ambassador informed the participants in detail about Azerbaijan’s role in the Middle Corridor, regional transport projects, energy transition and preparations for hosting COP29 in Azerbaijan. At the event, the ambassador also spoke with representatives of leading Hamburg companies and invited them to visit Azerbaijan. The Ambassador was accompanied to the meetings by Dr. Elman Muradov, Counsellor for Economic Affairs. 

Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency GmbH

During the visit, Ambassador Nasimi Aghayev also met with members of the Azerbaijani community in Hamburg. At the meeting, the ambassador spoke about the importance that the Azerbaijani government attaches to the development of the diaspora, listened to the suggestions of our compatriots and exchanged views with them.

The Ambassador also met with Emine Derya Kara, Consul General of Türkiye in Hamburg, and discussed issues of further strengthening the coordination work between their communities.

For further information 

Embassy of Azerbaijan in Germany: https://berlin.mfa.gov.az/de/news/4064/botschafter-nasimi-aghayev-stattete-seinen-antrittsbesuch-in-hamburg-ab

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Pictures courtesy of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Germany 

11th annual Ibero-American Week of International Justice: Encouraging reflection on international law and Ibero-American community’s role

The 11th annual Ibero-American Week of International Justice, organised by the Ibero-American Institute for Peace, Human Rights, and International Justice (IIH), took place from 27 to 31 May 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands. Consisting of a series of events, the Ibero-American Week promotes interest and knowledge about the mandate and activities of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as international criminal law more generally, among the Ibero-American communities. It also aims to highlight their support and contribution to international justice and the fight against impunity.

This year’s edition opened with a ceremony at the seat of the International Criminal Court, with the participation of ICC Judge Sergio Ugalde, ICC Registrar Osvaldo Zavala Giler, Guillermo Escribano, General Director of Directorate Spanish in the World, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, H.E. Ms. Carolina Olarte, Ambassador of Colombia to The Netherlands and Coordinator of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Hector Olasolo, President of the IIH.

The 11th annual Ibero-American Week of International Justice’s opening.

In his opening remarks at the ceremony, ICC Judge Sergio Ugalde said: “The Ibero-American week is a memorable experience that encourages reflection on the state of international law and the role of the Ibero-American community in strengthening it. Justice operates to protect human beings. It is thanks to them and for them that the system exists, and this must always be a priority in all justice systems.”

For the ICC, the Ibero-American week is also about recognizing the large number of Ibero-American countries that are signatories of the Rome Statute and support the Court and its mandate. The ICC continuously works to promote cooperation, complementarity, and universality, which are essential for the effective functioning of the Rome Statute legal system. The Court cannot fulfil its mandate without global support and cooperation.

Hector Olasolo, President of the IIH.

As the ICC Registrar, Osvaldo Zavala Giler, emphasized in his opening remarks at the ceremony, “among the membership of the Court, we proudly have almost all the countries that comprise the Ibero-American platform. This means that the ICC has vast resources that consistently strengthen and nourish our legitimacy and support our ability to face the challenges imposed on the noble work of our Court and of international justice in general”.

Himself from Ecuador, he further added: “Without a doubt, the contributions to the ICC from our countries and societies are of great importance, not only because of the excellent judges, elected officials, civil servants and professionals who have passed through the Court or currently serve its mission, but also because those people inspired to continue deepening the impact of the Court domestically and in academic settings.”

The annual Ibero-American week is supported not only by the Court, but also by the Ibero-American embassies, as well as institutions, international organizations and universities based in The Hague, whom the President of the IIH, Hector Olasolo, thanked in his remarks. He also emphasized the importance of the events taking place, which include seminars, presentations, performances, hearings, meetings, panel discussions and more.

For example, ICC Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza gave a presentation on “Discrimination: dimensions and impact on international justice”, in which she addressed discriminatory practices in international justice, discrimination and its impact on those working to end impunity.

H.E. Ms. Carolina Olarte Bácares, Ambassador of Colombia.

As the Ambassador of Colombia to the Netherlands Carolina Olarte stated, the Ibero-American week seeks to contribute to the work for justice “…through profound academic reflections that are equivalent to a diagnosis of the current state of international justice.” She also stressed that the exercise is an opportunity to renew “the fundamental and permanent commitment of our states to the peaceful resolution of disputes, one of the pillars of the current international public order.”

ICC moot Court Competition.

The week ended with the 11th edition of the Spanish version of the ICC Moot Court Competition, organized by the IIH with the institutional support of the ICC. The best students from 13 universities from 7 Ibero-American countries participated in the preliminary round of this year’s ICC Moot Court Competition. The competition was won by the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), with second and third place going to the University of Cádiz (Spain) and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) respectively.

The finalists competed in a fictitious case in the main Courtroom of the ICC before a jury of eminent jurists, broadcasted live on the ICC website and the Court’s Facebook channels. Through the participation of students in simulated court proceedings, the competition aims to promote the training of future professionals who will continue to help create a more just world.

Find out more about the activities of the 2024 Ibero-American Week: https://bit.ly/4aF3ejG.

The Story of La Maison Guilhem

In the heart of The Hague, La Maison Guilhem stands as a mark of elegance and sophistication. Established in 2021 by Managing Director Marinette Diafouka, this boutique wine and champagne house has quickly become synonymous with the finest offerings from the Occitanie region of Southern France. However, what truly sets La Maison Guilhem apart is its own brand of champagnes, the exquisite grand cru MCMXXV, crafted in collaboration with renowned environmental-friendly producer Jean-Claude Mouzon from Verzenay, France.

Madame Diafouka shares, “La Maison Guilhem is born out of my passion for exceptional products, reflecting unique craftsmanship passing down from generations to generations, and exclusive lifestyle. The reference to ‘Guilhem’ is rooted in my childhood in the Occitanie region, in the South of France, nearby the inspiring city of Montpellier which was created in 989 by the distinguished and ambitious ‘Guilhem’ dynasty. After several years passed in Occitanie, my parents moved out further north to the beautiful Champagne region. Before I left France in the 2000s’ to live in London for more than a decade and then settle in Den Haag, I gradually realised that my passion and taste for wines and champagne had been firmly established due to the places I lived in, and most importantly the incredible people I had met on the way.”

MCMXXV, derived from the Roman numerals for 1925, pays homage to the timeless charm and joie de vivre of the Roaring Twenties. It was a period marked by profound social, cultural, and artistic transformations, with the International Exhibition held in Paris serving as a catalyst for the global dissemination of Art Deco aesthetics.

Madame Diafouka recalls, “I started to value that appreciating wines and champagne in good company and with temperance was about enjoying present moments and recalling pleasant memories. To this day, I can for example remember the emotions my husband and I felt when we opened in April 2012 a bottle of vintage champagne from 1986 that had been with us for so many years throughout our numerous moves, from France to the United Kingdom.”

At the heart of MCMXXV lies a dedication to quality and craftsmanship. La Maison Guilhem offers two exquisite variations of this champagne: a grand cru vintage blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, and a rare grand cru Blanc de Blancs chardonnay.

Madame Diafouka emphasizes, “Beyond the values our brand MCMXXV represents, our champagnes are classified as ‘grand cru’ elaborated by the best environmental-friendly producers in Verzenay, France. I would like to point out that the vast majority of champagnes, including the most popular brands worldwide, are not ‘grand cru’, unlike Champagne MCMXXV. My focus is on delivering to my customers products of exceptional quality. My signature champagne is an extra brut (i.e., low in sugar) MCMXXV 2015 vintage (also referred to as millésime), harmoniously blending 20% of pinot noir and 80% of chardonnay. The quantity of bottles produced for this Champagne MCMXXV 2015 millésime is limited and each bottle is therefore uniquely numbered.”

Yet, La Maison Guilhem serves as a modern-day patron of the arts, embracing a philosophy that values culture and creativity as integral components of a rich and fulfilling life. Through partnerships with talented artists and cultural institutions, La Maison Guilhem actively promotes cultural events and collaborates on the creation of exclusive artworks inspired by the spirit of MCMXXV.

La Maison Guilhem

Madame Diafouka explains, “Every year, we take part in the wine tastings organised by the Rotary International Club of The Hague. We also have partnerships around targeted events fitting our philosophy. We have partnered up with the jewellery Spadafora for their spring launch in Den Haag earlier this year. Through our unique relationship with well-established and international art gallery ‘Chiefs and Spirits’ located in Den Haag, we host tasting events and promote arts and culture. Very directly, La Maison Guilhem works with and supports several artists, currently collaborating with French-born artist Marc Duran and Guinea-born artist Myriam Soufiane who have decorated our limited-edition champagne boxsets.”

In a world where mass production often overshadows artisanal craftsmanship, La Maison Guilhem stands close to tradition and excellence. With its commitment to quality, sustainability, and the celebration of artistry, it continues to captivate connoisseurs and aficionados alike, inviting them to indulge in a taste of luxury and sophistication unlike any other.

For those eager to experience the luxury of La Maison Guilhem, Marinette Diafouka notes, “While our website [www.lamaisonguilhem.com](http://www.lamaisonguilhem.com) is being finalised, all customers can contact me directly at mdiafouka@gmail.com to purchase our wines and champagnes and to be invited to our regular tastings organised in Den Haag or elsewhere. My philosophy is to build personalised and long-term relationships with our customers. MCMXXV symbolises a lifestyle, the conscious choice and desire to celebrate everyday joys and victories.”

Looking ahead, Marinette is optimistic about the future, “We anticipate that 2025 will be a great year for Champagne MCMXXV and we are planning several events in the Netherlands and internationally to celebrate 100 years of art deco. In addition to making new tastes of champagnes MCMXXV available to our customers in the coming months, we aim to secure some solid partnerships with prominent and international art fairs to strengthen our ambition to support arts and culture.”

Contacts directly mdiafouka@gmail.com

Croatia: Celebration of the 34th Statehood Day

By Roy Lie Atjam

On the bright morning of May 30, 2024, H.E.Ms. Dubravka Plejić Marković, Ambassador of Croatia, organized a reception at the Chancellery in The Hague to celebrate her country’s Statehood Day.

The event was attended by friends of Croatia, business associates, international representatives, patriots, and a high turnout of Ambassadors, including the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Yemen  and those from Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica,  Estonia, Ghana, Greece, Moldova, Morocco and Poland.

Also the ambassadors of Romania, Tanzania, Turkey, Spain, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, the Director General of OPCW and the Nuncius. They all came by to felicitate Ambassador Dubravka Plejić Marković on this significant day.

Ambassadors attending the Croatian celebration of the 34th Statehood Day on May 30th.

In her welcome address Ambassador Dubravka Plejić Marković stated the following. We are observing Statehood Day in memory of May 30, 1990, when 34 years ago Croatian people, as many others in Central and Eastern Europe following the Fall of the Berlin Wall decided to march toward democracy thus breaking from decades of communist rule.

On that historic day, first multi-party democratic parliament was constituted in Zagreb and foundation for our statehood was laid down.

Ambassador Markovic during her speech. May 30th 2024.

Everything that followed was led by determination of Croatian people to exercise rights conferred upon them. However, long national struggle toward full sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity ensued. As we stand here today, 34 years after historic shifts, we are sadly reminded that our societies are facing again many global challenges as well as wars and war mongering.

Today, unlike in the recent past, we do not stand alone. Our membership in international and regional organization and alliances, in organizations such as the OPCW and international cooperation with many of your countries is making us stronger and more resilient.

The guests were able to enjoy a selection of Croatian wines, foods and pastries.

Croatian wines.

The wonderful atmosphere provided a great opportunity to socialize and reconnect.

Croatia 34th Statehood Day. May 30th 2024, The Hague.

Europa: Pioniera nella Regolamentazione dell’Intelligenza Artificiale

L’Europa ha assunto un ruolo di leadership globale nella regolamentazione dell’intelligenza artificiale (IA), adottando misure innovative per disciplinare questa tecnologia emergente. Il continente ha sviluppato un quadro legislativo unico al mondo, volto a gestire i rischi associati all’IA e a promuovere un uso responsabile e sicuro della tecnologia.

Regolamentazione Basata sul Rischio

La normativa europea sull’IA è costruita su un approccio basato sul rischio. Questo significa che i sistemi di IA sono classificati in base al loro potenziale impatto sulla società:

1. Rischio Limitato: I sistemi di IA che rientrano in questa categoria saranno soggetti a obblighi di trasparenza minimi.

2. Alto Rischio: Questi sistemi possono essere autorizzati solo se rispettano una serie di requisiti rigorosi. Tali obblighi includono garanzie di sicurezza, trasparenza e rispetto dei diritti fondamentali, per poter accedere al mercato dell’Unione Europea.

3. Rischio Inaccettabile: Sono proibite tecnologie che manipolano il comportamento cognitivo e sociale delle persone o utilizzano punteggi sociali. Anche l’uso dell’IA per la polizia predittiva basata sulla profilazione e i sistemi che classificano le persone in base a dati biometrici, come razza, religione o orientamento sessuale, sono vietati.

Il Compromesso di Bruxelles

Con l’arrivo di tecnologie avanzate come il chatbot ChatGPT nel novembre 2022, Bruxelles ha dovuto affrontare un delicato equilibrio. Da un lato, c’era la necessità di proteggere i diritti umani e i valori fondamentali dell’Unione Europea, messi a rischio dalla rapida evoluzione tecnologica. Dall’altro lato, gli industriali e gli investitori richiedevano regolamentazioni meno stringenti per non ostacolare gli investimenti e l’innovazione.

Questo dilemma è stato risolto con un compromesso che bilancia le esigenze di sviluppo tecnologico e tutela dei diritti umani. Il Regolamento definisce “sistema di intelligenza artificiale” in modo tecnologicamente neutrale, permettendo di adattarsi ai futuri sviluppi del mercato e tenendo conto dei rapidi progressi tecnologici.

Impatto Economico e Futuro

L’AI Act rappresenta un passo significativo per l’Europa, non solo in termini di regolamentazione, ma anche come motore economico. Nel 2023, solo in Italia, il mercato dell’IA ha registrato un aumento del 52%, con un afflusso di 760 milioni di euro, secondo quanto riportato da “Innovation Post”.

Grazie all’AI Act, l’Europa promuoverà le evoluzioni e le opportunità economiche offerte dall’IA, minimizzando al contempo i rischi per i suoi valori fondamentali. Questa normativa pone l’Europa come un attore chiave e innovativo a livello globale, capace di proporre un modello equilibrato e lungimirante per l’adozione dell’intelligenza artificiale.

Small Island Developing States

BorderCrossing, Volume 5 – Issue 1

Diplomacy and Tradition at the Turkish Residence

A Morning of Cultural Delights

On a pleasant morning, diplomatic spouses gathered at the Turkish Residence in The Hague for a delightful and culturally rich Turkish Breakfast hosted by Dr. Lerzan Kayıhan Ünal, spouse of His Excellency the Ambassador Selcuk Ünal. The event, organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Turkey and the Yunus Emre Institute in Amsterdam for the Association of Spouses of Ambassadors (ASA), was an exquisite journey into Turkish culinary and artistic traditions.

Welcoming Remarks and Historical Context

Welcoming the guests, Dr. Lerzan Kayıhan Ünal highlighted the historical significance of the venue. “Welcome to the Turkish Residence,” she began. “On this occasion of ASA, we are very happy to host you in the Turkish Residence, which is a Dutch cultural heritage building. This traditional house is 290 years old and has been with us since 1937. This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Turkish-Dutch Friendship Treaty of 1924. Therefore, the building has seen and witnessed most of the modern Turkish-Dutch ties and a lot in the history of The Hague.”

The Essence of Turkish Breakfast

As the event unfolded, guests were introduced to the rich and varied traditions of the Turkish breakfast, an essential part of Turkish gastronomy. Dr. Kayıhan Ünal elaborated on the diverse offerings, “A traditional Turkish breakfast consists of a selection of cheeses such as tulum, kaşar (cheddar), çökelek (cottage), and mihaliç, in addition to traditional white cheese. Along with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and leafy greens, black and green olives from the Marmara, Aegean, and north Aegean can be on the table, along with honey and homemade jam.

Freshly baked crispy breads and simit are served with Turkish tea in tulip-shaped glasses. Another highlight is menemen, a flavorful dish of eggs, tomatoes, and peppers. Turkish coffee may complement digestion afterwards.”

Regional Breakfast Variations

Dr. Kayıhan Ünal introduced several local Turkish breakfast menus, each with unique characteristics:

  • Aegean Breakfast: Light flavors with fresh vegetables.
  • Black Sea Breakfast: Regional dishes featuring various types of corn and the renowned Turkish tea grown along the Black Sea coast.
  • Gaziantep Breakfast: Known for its greens and delicious olives, Gaziantep is listed in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy.
  • Van Breakfast: Famous for its geographically marked herbed cheese.

Dr. Kayıhan Ünal also emphasized the cultural importance of these breakfasts by supporting efforts to mark the 2nd of June as World Breakfast Day.

Turkish Tile Art – Çini

While enjoying the sumptuous breakfast, guests were introduced to another facet of Turkish culture: Çini (Tile) art. Lerzan Kayıhan Ünal described Çini as traditional, handmade glazed tiles and ceramics featuring colorful motifs of plants, animals, and geometric patterns, often found on facades of buildings and homes throughout Turkey.

“Çini is a symbolic aspect of Turkish cultural identity,” she noted, tracing its roots through Anatolian Seljuk and Ottoman styles to contemporary productions in Kütahya, İznik, and Çanakkale.

In the picture the spouses of Bulgaria Mrs. Nadya Dimitrova, Ecuador, Mrs. Maria Rosa Egüez, Slovenia, Mrs. Ala Adamia, Egypt, Mrs. Rania Abouelela, Bangladesh, Mrs. Sazia Ahmed Hamidullah, Türkiye, Mrs. Lerzan Kayıhan Unal -hostess, Moldova, Mrs. Victoria Dobinda, Tunisia, Mrs. Hager Denguezl, Morocco, Mrs. Insaf Ghanemi Basri, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mrs. Nela Ion Colin, South Korea, Mrs. Hyejung Kim.

Artistic Performances

Before handing the floor to Ms. Betül Aşlı Bayram, a renowned tile artist, Dr. Ünal introduced the artists present at the event. Ms. Bayram, a graduate of the Ceramics Department at Dumlupınar University, is a certified tile artist by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and was honored with the Art and Culture Award at the Golden Tulip Republic Ball in the Netherlands in 2022. She recently showcased her art on the Dutch national channel NPO2’s program BinnensteBuiten.

The event also featured an extraordinary performance by Mr. Şükrü Kiriş, a Ney flute artist born in Amsterdam. Mr. Kiriş has performed in prominent venues such as the Koninklijke Concertgebouw, Meervaart, and Theater Zuidplein, and has collaborated with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. He has also participated in programs in France, Belgium, and Germany.

Concluding her remarks, Dr. Kayıhan Ünal expressed gratitude to the Yunus Emre Institute in Amsterdam for their support in arranging the performances, enriching the event with a deeper cultural resonance.

Launch: Friends of Bangladesh in the Netherlands

By Roy Lie Atjam

The Hague, 17 May 2024. After years of persistence, the Friends of Bangladesh in the Netherlands – FOBN has been launched.

The association aims to complement the efforts of the Bangladeshi Embassy in engaging with various segments of Dutch society.

The initiative began with preliminary discussions among a few enthusiasts nearly two years ago, and after many hours of conversations the launch has come to fruition.

On Friday, 17 May, dozens of friends gathered at the Bangladesh Embassy to witness the momentous launch of the new association in the presence of H.E. Ambassador M Riaz Hamidullah, who announced his upcoming departure from the Netherlands.

Philippine Ambassador H.E. Mr Eduardo Malaya delivers his speech.

The Friends of Bangladesh in the Netherlands expressed their appreciation to the departing Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah for his support by presenting him with a token of gratitude for his contributions to the association.

Deepening the friendship between Bangladesh and the Netherlands is the ultimate aim, including economic interests. Given the exceptional ties between Bangladesh and the Netherlands and the growing interactions across politics, academia and business Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah worked with a few individuals to establish a legal entity, specifically an association registered under Dutch law. The association is further to create opportunities for open engagement – for sharing ideas for collaboration, making inquiries, and exploring partnerships with peers.

Pitching time at the Friends of Bangladesh’s launch

The joyous launch was attended by various groups, including the Ambassadors of Croatia, Ms. Dubravka Plejic Markovic and the Philippines, H.E. Mr. Jose Eduardo Malaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VNO-NCW (Netherlands Enterprise Agency),academics, friends, Diplomat magazine, the diaspora and others.

Friends of Bangladesh Quiz winners.

The Friends of Bangladesh in the Netherlands Board will strive to maintain gender parity at all times.

Best wishes to the inaugural Board of the Friends of Bangladesh in the Netherlands, led by Mr. Motalib Weijters and Mr. Joost Oorthuizen. Bravo!

Uruguay on the World Hydrogen Summit 2024

By Beatrice Levorato Barsotti

On the path to sustainability and achieving ambitious global decarbonization goals by 2050, shifting to renewable energies such as hydrogen is of paramount importance for supporting the energy transition. The Republic of Uruguay, with its Green Hydrogen Roadmap setting significant targets for decarbonization and energy transition, participated in the World Hydrogen Summit 2024, held from May 12th to 15th in Rotterdam. The Summit, organized by the Sustainable Energy Council in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands, the Province of Zuid-Holland, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port of Rotterdam, provided a platform for companies to share expertise, develop strategies, and position themselves as leaders in the energy transition sector.

The partnership between the Netherlands and Uruguay in this context is of particular importance. Both countries  have strong ambitions, however the first highly relies on imports, whereas Uruguay is rich in resources, making it the perfect  exporter and country for investments. By harnessing the Potential of the North Sea, the Netherlands wish to increase their Sustainable Energy by 2030. However, as the Netherlands are not capable of producing hydrogen, its reliance mainly lays on imports. Therefore, infrastructures are of paramount importance to support this.

Uruguay official delegation at World Hydrogen Summit 2024
Uruguay stand at the World Hydrogen Summit 2024.

During Uruguay’s side event, on the 14th of May, high representatives of the State, the Uruguay delegation’s to the Netherlands and representatives of the private industry from both Uruguay and the Netherlands  gathered to present and discuss partnership opportunities, as well as to present activities and efforts of the Hydrogen Road in the country. The organization of the event was backed by the Embassador of the Republic of Uruguay in the Netherlands, H.E. Álvaro Enrique González Otero. The Embassy meticulously planned the delegation trip and coordinated a series of activities during their stay. Their efforts ensured a productive and engaging experience for all participants, highlighting Uruguay’s commitment to advancing hydrogen technology and fostering international collaboration

Ms. Elisa Facio, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, shared some insights on the importance of the Summit. In terms of partnerships and goals she wished to achieved through the event, Ms. Facio explained the particular importance to Uruguay, especially since it is the first time that the country had a stand at the exhibition and that was doing a side event. Furthermore, the hydrogen economy holds particular importance for Uruguay, as does the relationship with the Netherlands, which was the first country to invite Uruguay to join the world of green and renewable hydrogen.

The minister defined the Summit a ‘very important milestone’ and explained how they are creating lots of connections. Uruguay’s strong potential in the field of hydrogen production stems from its significant renewable energy resources and substantial social, economic, and political stability. This stability creates an attractive environment for sustainable energy projects. Furthermore, Uruguay is rich in CO2 sources, which are essential for hydrogen generation plants. This facilitates the efficient production of hydrogen and its derivatives, such as methanol, positioning Uruguay as a promising player in the emerging hydrogen economy. By leveraging these strengths, Uruguay can enhance its renewable energy impact and contribute to global sustainability goals.

 

Official opening of the World Hydrogen Summit by the President of Namibia.

Present at the conference were Alejandro Stipanicic, President of ANCAP, and Ing. Silvia Emaldi Ficcio, president of Uruguay’s Administración Nacional de Usinas y Transmisiones Eléctricas (UTE). Mr. Stipanicic outlined ANCAP’s comprehensive strategy for the energy transition, comprising seven key actions. Firstly, ANCAP is focused on greening its traditional operations to minimize carbon emissions in oil and gas exploration, with an emphasis on techniques that avoid flaring or venting. Additionally, the company is actively pursuing offshore blocks for hydrogen production, leveraging its expertise and offering long-term commitments for sustainable energy projects.

ANCAP is also collaborating with HIF Global to convert biogenic CO2 into e-methanol and e-gasoline, with further CO2 capture projects in the pipeline. Moreover, ANCAP is advancing a Sustainable Aviation Fuel project and transforming its terminal into a regional hub for renewable fuels logistics. Collaborating with UTE, Uruguay’s national electricity company, ANCAP supports green hydrogen projects, with potential for methanol export, thereby bolstering Uruguay’s position in the global renewable energy market.

On the other hand, UTE, a public company responsible for nationwide electricity supply, manages generation, transmission, distribution, and commercialization. The company also exports renewable energy to Argentina and Brazil, with recent energy export capacity nearly matching domestic consumption. UTE aims to expand the electricity transmission network to support hydrogen projects, linking biogenic CO2 production with electricity to produce hydrogen and methanol for export. Collaborations, such as with the Port of Rotterdam, enhance Uruguay’s renewable energy sector and its potential in green hydrogen production, attracting international investors and facilitating future methanol exports.

The participation of the Uruguayan Mission has been made possible through the diligent and continuous efforts of coordination and dissemination of valuable information by the Embassy of Uruguay in The Hague and its Ambassador, H.E. Alvaro Gonzalez Otero. Overall, the participation of Uruguay in the World Hydrogen Summit 2024 underscores the country’s commitment to sustainability and its important role in the global energy transition. Collaborating with the Netherlands, Uruguay is leveraging its rich renewable energy resources and stable political environment to position itself as a leader in hydrogen production and export. Through initiatives like the Green Hydrogen Roadmap and partnerships with companies like ANCAP and UTE, Uruguay is not only advancing its own renewable energy goals but also contributing to the broader global effort to combat climate change.

The Summit provided a crucial platform for Uruguay to showcase its potential and valuable partnerships, marking a significant milestone in its journey towards a more sustainable future.

Leonardo Faces

The Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag Promenade is represented by both new and more experienced employees working together with passion as one team, to deliver great service and to depict the hotel’s values. In these monthly written pieces, there is a focus on their values and their approach to our international clients. This year’s focus is on the new events concept ‘Now We’re Talking’. It revolves around creating on-going conversations and a spark amongst attendees. It offers endless possibilities to get inspired and connected, with instant personal communication before, during and after your event. Therefore, we would also like to share some background information about the employees with you. Allow us to introduce you to Beau Keus

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Function: Shift leader
  • Department: Food & Beverage

Introduction

When did you start working at the Promenade Hotel?

I started working at the Promenade hotel in February 2022 and kicked start with  a five-month Food & Beverage internship. Upon finishing my internship, I was happy to stay as a part-time employee in the Food & Beverage department. After my second internship (June 2023), I got promoted to Food & Beverage shift leader.

What was your first impression of the Promenade Hotel?

My first impression mostly based on the ambience; it was a very nice feeling, as if you were walking into your own home. Even though they were in a renovation, I really liked the warm atmosphere and the cozy, welcoming feeling.

What makes the Promenade Hotel suitable for welcoming people from all around the world?

The staff! Among the staff, there is a vast variety of different nationalities. Furthermore, the concept of the restaurant, LEO’S international flavors, and the different food events that are hosted are very suitable to welcome guests from all around the world.

Which diplomatic event has been most memorable for you, so far, at the Promenade Hotel?

My most memorable event was the Indonesian Food Festival. We served a seven-course dinner to our guests. With the live entertainment the overall ambience that evening as very memorable. However also, the national days of the embassies are memorable.

What international aspects do you see reflected in your daily duties and the work environment?

Through my daily duties and in the work environment there are plenty of international aspects and interactions. I deal with national and international guests all day long and therefore switch frequently between Dutch and English. Not only do we have international guests, but a large part of the team also has different roots.

NOW WE’RE TALKING!

The core values of the new concept are fun, surprising, genuine and connect.

Using your own words, how would you describe the new events concept?

Bringing guests together in their work environment without feeling like a work environment. Through games and conversations starters we try to give the guest a relaxed and fun time in-between and during their meetings.

What do you find the most exciting or fun part of your current role within the Promenade hotel?

It depends because each day is so different. I think the most exciting is some of the conversations that I have with guests and how happy they can be with a small gesture. When you pay attention to the small details, you can get the biggest and happiest reactions. That is the most exciting for me!

When was the last time someone surprised you or when you surprised someone?

Last week actually! There was a guest that turned 75 and I wanted to do something special for breakfast. So, I hung up a happy birthday sign, wrote a card and put a flower with some balloons on the table. The guest was so happy when he saw this.

I really like to surprise someone with something small or to remember something so that I can bring it up in a new conversation, a personal touch.

What is something about which you can always be genuinely passionate or enthusiastic?

I can get passionate and enthusiastic about field hockey. I have been playing field hockey since I was six and never stopped. At one point, I switched to a different club for three years, but currently I am back at my old club, where I started. This club and its atmosphere, the fun days and nights with the team all together are so nice. It feels like a second family.

Connect with us! What is a piece of advice you would like to share with us?

Always follow your dreams and gut feeling. You never know when you cannot do what you love anymore, so enjoy every day and live it to the fullest. Don’t forget to be nice to each other, react to people how you want them to react to you!