The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has all of the key assets to be an innovative and economically-strong region. Thanks to strong clusters (see below), the Amsterdam Area can play a pioneering role both nationally and internationally. In order to fully exploit this potential, collaboration between governmental agencies, research institutes and the trade and industry sector is essential.
Under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Economic Board (the Board), representatives from governmental agencies, research institutes and the business world have jointly taken responsibility to work towards strengthening the economy of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
The Board unites governmental representatives, leading figures from the trade and industry sector and representatives of knowledge institutes. The Board strives to stimulate and support sustainable collaboration, innovation and growth in the region, and strengthen international competitiveness.
Seven strong economic clusters
In order to give shape to the region’s ambitions, seven main economic clusters were designated for the Amsterdam Area. Sustainability, the primary driving force behind innovation, is a significant theme evident in all of them. The seven economic clusters are:
· Life Sciences & Health
· Financial & Business Services
· Flowers & Food
· Tourism & Conferences