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Trade mission energy transition South Korea and Japan with Minister Schreinemacher

13 March @ 08:00 - 17 March @ 17:00

Are you active in the energy transition, e.g. offshore wind, hydrogen, battery technology, electric mobility or greenhouse horticulture? Do you want to do business in South Korea and Japan? Consider joining the trade mission from March 13 to 17, 2023, with Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Ingrid Thijssen, chairman of VNO-NCW, acts as business mission leader. The mission is during the Interbattery and EV Trend exhibitions in Seoul, and the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo.

For whom?

This mission is especially interesting for companies and knowledge institutions that are active in the field of energy transition and that are doing business with South Korea and Japan. The focus is on the following sectors:

South Korea

  • Hydrogen
  • Battery technology
  • Greenhouse horticulture


  • Hydrogen
  • Offshore Wind

In addition, RVO particularly invites female entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate.

Opportunities for the Netherlands

South Korea is the 4th largest economy in Asia and the 10th largest int he world. The Japanese economy is the third largest in the world. Both countries offer many opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs, particularly in the field of innovation and technology. South Korea and Japan are important trade partners of the Netherlands in Asia, respectively the third and fourth export markets in the region.

Energy transition

There are plenty of opportunities for Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the field of energy transition. In South Korea, this includes hydrogen, battery technology including electric vehicles and greenhouse horticulture. There are identical opportunies in Japan, but the mission will mainly focus on the opportunities in the field of hydrogen and offshore wind. In short, 2 dynamic markets with serious plans for the energy transition and interested in international cooperation.

During the mission you will discover where the business opportunities are in South Korea and Japan. The presence of Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ingrid Thijssen, the chairman of VNO-NCW, and high government officials offers you a unique opportunity to establish contacts at a high level.

What to expect?

The mission program consists of joint and sector-specific components. Sector specific parts can take place simultaneously. RVO therefore asks participants to make a choice in advance for these components. In general the program consists of the following components:

  • Informative seminar(s);
  • (Sector-specific) company visits;
  • Networking events;
  • Trade reception / dinner in South Korea and Japan;
  • Visit to the Interbattery 2023 and EV Trend Korea;
  • Visit to the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo; and
  • Individual matchmaking (tailored network conversations).

Exhibition visits

During the mission you will visit the Interbattery and/.or EV Trend exhibitions in Seoul, and the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo.

Interbattery attracts around 50,000 business visitors, government officials and CEOs of Dutch and European companies based in South Korea. It is also the largest battery exchange in Asia. The largest battery manufacturers – such as LG Energy Solutions, SK ON, Samsung SDI and CATL – are present at the exhibition. In addition, the EV Trend will take place in Seoul, with a particular focus on electric mobility.

World Smart Energy Week (WSEW) takes place in Tokyo and focuses on the entire renewable energy spectrum. This exhibition also attracts about 50,000 visitors. This exhibition is split into specialized exhibitions for hydrogen, offshore wind, solar energy, biomass, battery storage, smart grid, decarbonisation and circular economy.

Netherlands Pavilion at Interbattery and WSEW

A Netherlands Pavilion will be set up at the Interbattery fair and the WSEW. Participation in the Pavilions is organized separately by the organizations below:

Preliminary program

View the provisional program here in English. The program is subject to change and availability.


Register now for this trade mission. The deadline for registration is January 16, 2023. Several people can participate per organization. Each participant must register separately. If the regsitration period is extended, participation in individual matchmaking is not guaranteed when registering after January 16, 2023.

Participation fee

Participation fee is €950,00 per organization, for a maximum of 2 people. With more than 2 people per organization, an additional €475,00 will be charged. Travel and acommodation costs and any additional costs for individual matchmaking (for example interpreters and individual transport) are for the companies’ own account. Participants will receive suggestions for their travel and accommodation after the registration period has expired.

The costs include participation in the collective program components, individual matchmaking, trade reception or trade dinner, networking events, a visit to the Interbatteryh and EV Trend Korea 2023, a visit to the World Smart Energy Week 2023, local support by the organization, and local collective transport.


If several participants are regsitered per organization, they can also follow different programs if desired. Individual matchmaking is offered per participating organization. Participation in this mission is only open to Dutch companies and knowledge institutions that fit within the above-mentioned set-up and substantive focus on this trade mission. Registration and the automatic confirmation of receipt therefore do not mean that you can automatically participate in the trade mission. You will receive a final confirmation of your participation after the registration period has closed.

COVID-19 clause

The organization decides 8 weeks in advance whether the trade mission will go ahead. This decision is based of the current travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and based on the entry rules applicable in South Korea, Japan and the local situation. The organization will immediately inform participants about this. In case of postponement or cancellation, no fee will be charged to the participants. For the trip to South Korea and Japan, participants have to prepare a number of things in advance. Please consult the travel advice for South Korea and Japan.

Even after a decision to continue the mission, the organization reserves the right to cancel the trade mission in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Of course the organization doesn’t charge participation costs in this case.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. They must therefore cancel their travel and accommodation themselves if the mission does not take place. Any costs associated with this are for their own account.

More information

For more information about the mission, please contact

Margriet Veenstra
projectmanager missions

Hanneke Bogaerts
Projectmanager missions




13 March @ 08:00
17 March @ 17:00
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