A selection of executed programs for the year 2009:



Twynstra Gudde to India
Jan 31 – Feb 7

A group of Twynstra Gudde consultants together with some of their clients traveled to Bangalore and Delhi for a study program focusing on “Innovation, Collaboration and IT”. They visited successful Indian IT companies as well as local operations of western high-tech firms.


Provincial delegation to Copenhagen
Mar 04 – 07

At the request of interprovincial consultation body IPO, APEP arranged a study visit for executive directors of the twelve Dutch provinces. It focused on the results of local government reform in Denmark implemented in recent years: how is the new system viewed by the various government levels and what are the lessons learned?


UK Department of Health
Mar 05 – 06

British policymakers spent two days in the Netherlands to learn what the Dutch government is doing to battle and prevent obesity and alcohol abuse among youth.


Public Communication Commission to Canada
Mar 07 – 12

An interdepartmental delegation of public communication experts looked at the progress made by the government in Ottawa in implementing its federal identity program, as well as at approaches to thematic cross-government communication and citizen engagement. Organized for the Government Communication Service (RVD).


Chinese APEP Scholar to the Netherlands
Mar 28 – April 11

The first recipient of an APEP Scholarship in 2009 is Deng Yingying of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Beijing. Ms. Deng was offered a two-week training program in the Netherlands.


HDN program
May 13 – 15

A delegation assembled by HDN (Mortgage Data Network) traveled to London to study best practices of organizations in various branches that have made, or are in the process of making, the transition from physical to digital distribution.


First 100 Days in Office
May 16 – 21

This program allowed participants to take the temperature in Washington three months into the Obama presidency. In meetings with a variety of experts and stakeholders the focus was on the new administration’s early successes and failures and how these affected the high expectations of Obama and his team.


The Financial Crisis: taking stock and looking ahead
Aug 24 – 28

Visiting London and Wall Street a mixed, senior-level delegation led by Klaas Knot, Director of Financial Markets & Deputy Treasurer, Ministry of Finance learned from key players in The City and on Wall Street how they view the causes and consequences of the ‘credit crunch’ and what prospects they see for the financial sector and the world economy.


Sir Richard May Seminar
Sep 20 – 25

A delegation of Federal and State judges from across the US participated in the Sir Richard May Seminar to be educated about international law and the activities of the various international courts and tribunals located in The Hague. The seminar is an initiative of the International Judicial Academy in Washington, DC and organized with the assistance of APEP.


RVD Commissie Nieuwe Media
Oct 03 – 09

A program in Washington, DC for a delegation of the Commission on New Media (CNM), the coordination platform for new media experts of the various ministries and the RVD. The main focus is Web 2.0 in government communication: social media, findability, authenticity/reliability, online code of conduct for government employees.


China Rural Area Seminar
Oct 15 – 17

At the request of partner organization CPAFFC, APEP has arranged a Dutch speaker – Province of Noord-Brabant Executive Council member Paul Rüpp – for this seminar which dealt with efforts and legal changes aimed at development of China’s rural areas, including earthquake-stricken Sichuan.


Public Affairs & Corporate Affairs program
Oct 18 – 24

This study program aimed to give participants a close look at the latest developments inpublic and corporate affairs. How are PA, communications, corporate affairs and related disciplines evolving amidst powerful contextual changes?


NHG Masterclass to US
Oct 31 – Nov 07

Organized at the request of the Homeownership Guarantee Fund NHG, this high-level study program gave financial experts a detailed understanding of the mortgage markets and related government policies in the US. The program took place in both Washington, DC and New York.