Dutch business expertise makes a difference in developing countries

Dutch business expertise makes a difference in developing countries

The knowledge and expertise of present-day and former Dutch entrepreneurs can be extremely useful to business people in developing countries.

This was the topic discussed today by international cooperation minister Ben Knapen during talks with Thijs van Praag, General Director of PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, an organisation that matches the knowledge requirement of businesses in developing countries to Dutch entrepreneurs and specialists who share their knowledge and experience free of charge.

‘Businesses in developing countries have a growing requirement for knowledge, particularly in areas where the Netherlands excels, such as water and food. We really have a lot to offer – not only to companies but also to knowledge institutes and civil society,’ said Mr Knapen.

Every year, PUM seconds some 2,100 professionals to developing countries for unpaid stints of several weeks, mainly with small and medium-sized businesses. In this way, they contribute to businesses’ self-reliance and promote local economic development.

source: government.nl

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