Many Dutch firms are already successfully working in Bangladesh, and the number is growing. To navigate this complex political landscape a reliable local partner or agent, to help them familiarize with the bureaucracy and properly appraise the political context, is indispensable for foreign entrepreneurs. Usually, Dhaka-based agents should be in a position to cover the entire territory of Bangladesh. Diverse sectors offer opportunities for Dutch companies, including agribusiness, water, information technology, logistics and infrastructure and consulting services to name just a few.
The Dutch government is committed to sustainable economic development in developing countries. Companies are therefore given the opportunity to not only work on business success, but also to have an impact on the creation or profit of a sector. The Netherlands provides business instruments to this end. These programs have a dual purpose: they enhance business as well as the development of the country the business is operating in.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs have a range of financial instruments available for entrepreneurs to make use of in support of doing business or investing in Bangladesh. Please find below an overview of relevant instruments for doing business in Bangladesh. For a complete overview, please refer to the Van Hulp naar Investeren brochure (PDF) (in Dutch) or download the brochure The Netherlands and Bangladesh: Partners in Progress (in English).
Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)
The DGGF, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and operational as from 1 July 2014, is a revolving fund which issues export and investment financing to Dutch and local businesses for activities in low-and middle-income countries (66 countries in total including Bangladesh) for development-related investments and export transactions.
Business Partner Scan (in Dutch)
A Business Partner Scan provides an overview of potential business partners for a Dutch company in a specific target market using a standard format. The prospect could be agents or distributors, or even production partners. The Embassy will select a number of potential partners and contact them. Companies pay a contribution towards the cost of a Business Partner Scan.
Demonstration projects, feasibility studies and knowledge acquisition subsidy scheme (DHK) (in Dutch)
Do you have an international ambition or interest in emerging markets, as a (small or medium-sized) company in the Netherlands? If so, you can apply for a subsidy for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and knowledge acquisition (DHK). The subsidy scheme applies for 88 countries, including Bangladesh.
Developmentally Relevant Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)
With DRIVE the Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitates investments in infrastructural projects that contribute towards a good business climate and entrepreneurship in the area of water, climate, food security and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).p>
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Blue Gold Innovation Fund
The Blue Gold Innovation Fund makes it possible for Bangladesh and Netherlands based companies to try and test new innovative approaches and discover new pathways for the development of the Blue Gold polders in Bangladesh. The Innovation Fund provides financial opportunities for feasibility studies, pilots and scaling activities conducted by knowledge centers, business enterprises, NGOs and Government Agencies. The Blue Gold Innovation Fund aims to finance new innovative technologies and approaches that focus on the agriculture value chain and water management, and contribute to the outcome and results of the Blue Gold program. The Blue Gold program is co-financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and runs from March 2013 to March 2019. As such innovation proposals will be accepted up to July 2018.
Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries
CBI assists entrepreneurs to find a suitable partner in development countries. Their programs support producers / exporters to get a foothold in the Netherlands market and further support local Business Support Organizations in improving their capabilities and to act as a matchmaker between suppliers and buyers.
Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO
FMO is the Dutch development bank which finances companies, projects and financial institutions from developing and emerging markets, believing that entrepreneurship is key in creating sustainable economic growth and improving people’s quality of life. FMO specializes in sectors where contribution can have the highest long-term impact, namely financial institutions; energy and agribusiness, food & water.
MMF is a matchmaking program that aims to establish a structural, long-term business relationship between an entrepreneur from a developing country and a Dutch entrepreneur. As part of the process, the foreign company visits a number of prospective Dutch partnership candidates in order to find the optimal match.
PUM Netherlands Senior Experts
PUM Netherlands senior experts connects entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets with senior experts from the Netherlands, each of whom has gained at least 30 years of experience in a business environment. These senior experts voluntarily devote their knowledge to the execution of short-term, solid consultancy projects on the work floor. By sharing knowledge PUM helps entrepreneurs build sufficient knowledge to upscale, benefitting local business as well as the surrounding community.
Services Overview International Business
Do you see opportunities in foreign markets? The government of the Netherlands is there to assist you in realizing your ambitions, for your personal success and the success of the Netherlands. Whether you are a starting or experienced entrepreneur in the international market, and whether your expertise lies in trade, investment and innovation.An international network is waiting for you - in the Netherlands and abroad. Want to know what the network can do for you?
Team International Organizations (TIO) (in Dutch)
TIO focuses on positioning clusters of businesses and organizations in the procurement of assignments and financing of International Organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, EU and UN. Bangladesh is one of the focus countries of TIO.
Whether around organizing smallholder farmers into cooperatives and supporting their access to markets, providing vocational training or access to affordable healthcare, partnerships in which companies are engaged with the public sector, civil society and development agencies can leverage the technical and financial resources to create innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions that bring both development and business benefits.
Incentives for the private sector to cooperate in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) are amongst others to:
- have short and long term market access
- reduce risks
- transfer risks
- for new ideas, knowledge and skills
- for a positive reputation and credibility with civil society.
The following sources provide up to date information on current procurements and tenders.
ADB projects and programs
As a catalyst for private investments, ADB provides direct financial assistance to private sector projects. While ADB’s participation is usually limited, it leverages a large amount of funds from commercial sources to finance these projects. Projects must also have clear development impacts and/or demonstration effects that go beyond the benefits captured in the financial rate of return.
World Bank tenders
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
Global tenders overview
NL Agency provides an overview of all current projects and procurement notices from international organizations.
Central Procurement for Technical Unit Bangladesh
The CPTU is a permanent institution of the government, funded under the revenue budget and established for carrying out anything relating to procurement monitoring, coordination and management. The latest Procurement Notices of Bangladesh can be found through the above link
In addition, a number of institutions set up by the Government of Bangladesh, often with support from multilateral institutions, may be of financial and related assistance. These include the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), the Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC) and the Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC).
EP Nuffic Capacity Building Department has published a new call for partnerships in the water sector in Bangladesh within NICHE. This Call for Partnerships aims to strengthen vocational/professional education and training capacities in the water sector in Bangladesh, as part of the objectives of the NICHE Country Program in Bangladesh.
You can download the tender documents through the EP Nuffic website. The closing date for bids is 12 February 2016 at 10 am CET.
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation released its fourth request for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to commercialize agricultural technologies in smallholder markets in Feed the Future countries. You can find the expression of interest through the Partnering for Innovation homepage at the following link: http://partneringforinnovation.org/.
Partnering for Innovation seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from private-sector organizations who are introducing proven technologies into new markets in Feed the Future countries. The program funds technologies that are cost-effective, can be commercially successful, and can reach smallholder farmers, particularly women. These investments have a budget range of $200,000 to $400,000 with a 12 to 18 month timeline. Final budgets and activity length will be negotiated prior to award.