The Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dutch Support and Funding Programs for the Private Sectors

The Dutch government is committed to sustainable economic development in developing countries. It therefore works to create a stable business environment. Companies are 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 your business and the development of the country you are operating in.

Worldwide entrepreneurship through the international network of the government

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? Take a look at the services overview international business (

Private Sector Investment Programme

Under the Private Sector Investment programme (PSI), subsidies are available for Dutch and foreign companies entering into long-term cooperation with local partners in developing countries. This means that a company from Bangladesh needs to have an international project partner in order to be in a position to apply. The preferred, yet not exclusive, sectors for Bangladesh are agriculture and agro-business, and information technology.
The objectives of PSI are to stimulate financial growth, create employment opportunities and generate income in developing countries. This is achieved by providing companies with an opportunity to make an innovative investment together with a local partner.
The maximum budget per project is 1.5 million euro of which 50% will be provided in the form of a grant. PSI has two granting procedures a year.
The Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency, EVD, carries out the PSI for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation.

Project criteria:

Submitted projects are judged, among others, by the standard of local innovation. One of the beneficial effects of PSI is that it introduces developing countries to new knowledge. Furthermore, both parties must be financially sound. In addition, the scale of planned expenditure must ensure further investments in the future.

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On this website you can find more general information, intake documents and programme guidelines, and deadlines for tenders. You can also find the relevant application form on this website.

Call the EVD/PSI on +31 (0)70 7788513.

Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

Serious companies in developing countries are often on the lookout for reliable business partners abroad. MMF puts those companies in touch with Dutch businesses. The goal is to stimulate joint business relations (investment, trade, knowledge transfer) that will strengthen the private sector in developing countries and upcoming markets.

Do you want to use the Matchmaking Facility? You can submit your request for MMF to the Dutch Embassy. Surf to, select the website of the Dutch Embassy in your country.

For more information visit :

T: +31 88 602 8110; F: +31 88 602 9026; E-mail:

ORIO facility for infrastructure development

The ORIO facility for infrastructure aims to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by investing in public infrastructure in developing countries. For Bangladesh the applicable sectors are: water management, energy, environment, and agriculture.
ORIO contributes to the development, implementation (construction and/or expansion) and exploitation of public infrastructure in developing countries. After approval of the project proposal, funding is available for the further development of the project plan (100% funding) and the implementation of the project procurement and installation (50% funding). After completion of the implementation phase, also the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the infrastructural works will be supported by 50% funding of the O&M costs up to 10 years.
The total annual funds available for ORIO worldwide are € 180 million Euro. The budget for each project must be between 2 and 60 million Euro. The Bangladeshi Government is the applicant for ORIO funding, but private sector companies are invited to initiate project proposals. The ORIO programme has two tenders a year.
ORIO is funded by the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation and implemented by the EVD, the Netherlands Government Agency for International Business and Cooperation.

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On the website of the ORIO programme you will find more information on the PORIO programme.

For further information please visit the website of the programme: www. For country specific information; visit the ORIO country page of Bangladesh

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Call ORIO at +31 (0)70 778 81 04

PUM Netherlands senior experts

Welcome to PUM Netherlands senior experts. PUM consists mostly of volunteers. Some 3,200 Dutch entrepreneurs, managers and specialists are keen to help you shape your business. They have earned their stripes in all sectors of the Dutch economy and work for PUM on a voluntary basis. Many of them have recently retired or sold their companies and are now prepared to share their experience and knowledge with fellow-entrepreneurs in emerging markets or developing countries.

For over thirtyfive years now PUM’s mission has remained the same: ‘entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ invest in people’s future around the world. PUM helps Small and Medium sized Enterprises with practical advise. SME’s are essential in economic development and poverty reduction as they create large amounts of sustainable jobs.

How does PUM work? During projects that last on average two weeks, our senior experts help advise companies that have asked for assistance. To increase the value of companies PUM can often help establish business links with Dutch businesses in the same sector, e.g. to create export or to buy second-hand machines. Additionally PUM can assist in training and building a network of contacts. PUM Works together with local Chambers of Commerce, embassies and professional organisations in over 70 countries and almost in all sectors. PUM’s strength lies in creating synergy and sharing knowledge.

Click here for access to PUM’s website

Click here to ask for PUM advice

Click here to see PUM’s factsheet for Bangladesh

Click here to see PUM’s “A world of experience”

Ckilk here to see PUM’s general brochure

FMO Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.

With the Fund Emerging Markets (“FOM”) the Dutch Development Bank or Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (“FMO”) stimulates Dutch entrepreneurs to invest in Emerging Markets or Developing countries.
In many cases commercial finance to fund f.i. expansion plans of production facilities or to finance the start-up of Greenfield projects in the local market is scarce or even not available to Dutch entrepreneurs. The tenors are too short; the collateral is not sufficient, the local bank requires a positive track record and presence in the country of at least three consecutive years etc.
FOM is able to extend long or medium term loans to 100% fully owned subsidiaries of Dutch corporates. Even joint ventures with local partners are eligible as long as these are for a majority controlled by Dutch companies.
FOM is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (ELI) and the Nederlandse FinancieringsMaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden. For more detailed information on the Fund Emerging Markets, please visit the FMO website.

Daey Ouwens Fund: small scale renewable energy projects

Subsidy for small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries.
The Daey Ouwens Fund aims to provide more people in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with access to energy, by promoting small-scale projects in the area of renewable and job-creating forms of energy supply. The most important target group are the LDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects that are directed towards these countries therefore take precedence over projects in other LDCs.
The Daey Ouwens Fund fits into the Netherlands' wider purpose of contributing towards the achievement of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals. The fund focuses particularly on Goal 1 (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger) and Goal 7 (creating a sustainable environment).
The total available budget worldwide for 2009 is 18.5 million Euro. The minimum subsidy is 100.000 million the maximum is 2.5 million euro. The maximum subsidy that parties receive is 50% of the incurred costs.

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