As a prominent name among MENA affiliated companies based in the Netherlands, Aramco sponsored the ninth edition of the annual Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Trade Dinner. Held at the Societeit De Witte, The Hague, over 240 participants were greeted with remarks from hosts the MENA Business Council, before Aramco Overseas President Talal Al-Marri, shared some thoughts.

"Occasions such as tonight can help facilitate further success, allowing all of us here to develop a greater understanding of one another," he said. "As for Aramco, we have been in the Netherlands for well over half a century, and in our early days in the 1950s, offices here administered our activities right around the world. Since then, while we now have many more global offices, operations in The Hague have expanded, as the Netherlands remains a key market for us."

There were also words from Salim Rabbani, chair of the Council, before the floor was passed to night's keynote speaker, Frank Heemskerk, Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group. Heemskerk, following a role at Dutch financial ABN AMRO, was also Minister for Foreign Trade from 2007 to 2010.

With 189 member countries, and staff based across the majority of them, the World Bank brings together five institutions looking at sustainable solutions to reduce poverty and increase prosperity in developing countries. Among 200 plus attendees, comprising both the Dutch and local Arab business communities was His Excellency Abdulaziz Abohaimed, KSA Ambassador to the Netherlands and counterpart Joost Reintjes – both of whom have visited Aramco offices in recent years.

Also present was Saudi Aramco VP of Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Abdulaziz Al-AbdulKarim.There was also representation from the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, as well as management from Aramco partners – energy major Shell and the Port of Rotterdam, home to the TEAM Terminal, for which Aramco is a key stakeholder.