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Thursday, October 12 • 13:30 - 14:45
Panel: Public Markets as Economic Engines

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Markets in public space are under pressure in a large number of countries, and the Netherlands is no exception. The city of Amsterdam itself grew from a fish market in the year 1200. Today Amsterdam still boasts many street markets in various neighborhoods, some open six days a week. A recent report of the central bureau of Statistics in The Netherlands (CBS) shows some improvements, especially in the food sector, but pressures continue to mount.

There are a variety of management models for these markets:
  1. City Operated
  2. Merchant operated,
  3. Stakeholder Operated
  4. Themed Markets
  5. Organic Food Markets 
The markets compete with supermarkets, and of course the busy schedules of their customers. More often than not there appears to be a mismatch. The merchants come early and leave early, while customers work all day and come home in the evening. To address this gap, markets now pop up around public spaces and "third places" to meet people where they are. Meanwhile, the City of Amsterdam is working on a new policy to reposition markets. Exciting times!

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Maria Cavit

Former Secretary General, World Union of Wholesale Markets
Maria Cavit was Secretary General of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) from July 2003 until March 2017. WUWM is a non-profit member association that provides a networking and lobbying platform for the management of fresh food wholesale and retail markets in 45+ countries... Read More →

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Steve Davies

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Steve Davies joined Project for Public Spaces in 1978 and has guided the development of the organization for more than 35 years. Davies is an advocate for livable communities and his work has taken him around the world as a consultant, facilitator and speaker.With over 500 major projects... Read More →
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Arnold Faber

Policy Advisor, Economics, Gemeente Amsterdam
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Trienet Kroon

Founder & Owner, Pure Markt
The Pure Markt (Pure Market) is one of Holland's first renowned privately operated markets; a source of exceptional, artisan, Dutch and international produce, food and creativity. Approximately 70% of our stalls are food related and the rest is a mix of designer, vintage and gift... Read More →
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Ceren Sezer

Researcher, Delft University of Technology
Ceren Sezer is an Amsterdam-Istanbul based architect and urban planner. She has a BA in Architecture from the Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. After working as an architect for designing and execution of commercial offices in Turkey, Cyprus and the UK, she was awarded a bursary... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 13:30 - 14:45 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Meetingroom Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands