The Netherlands government has a range of programs that provide different support for businesses, including agribusinesses, in developing countries. There are many facilities that are also available for entrepreneurs who wish to invest in Ethiopia directly or jointly with Ethiopian partners. This article contains basic information on how agribusiness can access the facilities.
There are organizations that can support you with adequate information or access to the right facilities for your business in Ethiopia. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa plays a facilitator role for these facilities. Visit the embassy website (http://ethiopia.nlembassy.org/) know more about its services and contact it for help. EVD (www.evd.nl) is also the agency that is responsible for the Dutch programs such as PSI.
The Agribusiness Support Facility (ABSF) also supports agribusinesses in Ethiopia with access to such facilities.
Apply for the support from the right facility for your needs. Normally different business support programs have different eligibility criteria, requirements and procedures. You need to follow the policies and procedures of the program you chose to benefit from.
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Learn to benefit from the facilities available for agribusinesses in Ethiopia. The major ones discussed below.
Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD)
EVD is an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. It supports international business and cooperation by providing businesses and public organisations with information on foreign markets, promoting the Dutch business sector abroad, and offering companies individual guidance.
The EVD supports various programmes in the field of sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging markets. These programmes focus on innovative pilot projects, joint-investments and transfer of technology, knowledge and skills in social and economic sectors. This is achieved through business cooperation and through cooperation between business and training- and knowledge institutes. Local and international private companies are encouraged to invest and to play a role in economic growth and poverty reduction.
Private Sector Investment Programme (PSI)
The PSI programme is aimed at innovative investments in the partner countries of the Netherlands and also in the least developed countries and poor countries where possibilities for the Dutch trade and export are. The allocated budget for the PSI programme will be 70 million Euros. EVD is the implementing agency for PSI program. More information will be available on the websites of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the EVD.
Target groups are small and medium scale enterprises in emerging markets. Serious companies in these emerging markets are often on the lookout for reliable business partners abroad. The Development Cooperation Matchmaking facility puts those companies in touch with Dutch businesses. The goal is to stimulate joint investment in the emerging market.
Small and medium scale enterprises with a solid business plan that are looking for a Dutch business partner should contact the Dutch Embassy in their country. The Embassy can inform these companies about the procedures, criteria and deadlines.
PUM: Dutch senior experts
PUM registers retired managers and experts who can assist and coach businesses and institutions that require specialist know-how but do not have access to it in their own country. The consultants are independent and do their work as volunteers; in other words, they do not receive a fee for their services.
Small and medium scale enterprises and non-profit organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe that wish to make temporary use of the experience and skills of a retired Dutch manager or expert can contact PUM and apply for assistance.
NotesTake note that this article was prepared by Amare Molla, Information Hub Coordinator for ABSF, and as such does not reflect the views and opinions of the institutions involved in funding or managing the AGRIbiz.et website. The article is written with utmost care by referring available and reliable information sources on the Dutch facilities available for agribusinesses in Ethiopia. It is also thoroughly reviewed by Gertjan Becx, the ABSF project coordinator, and other experts of the project. Despite that, you are advised to check the completeness or accuracy of the information as existing programs can end or new once start.
WarningsYou are advised to check for the latest information on either the webpage of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia (http://ethiopia.nlembassy.org) or the website of the EVD (www.evd.nl).
- Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands in EAddis Ababa, Ethiopia. http://ethiopia.nlembassy.org. Accessed on December 12, 2014.
- Ethiopian Investment Agency. October 208. Investing in the Agricultural Sector of Ethiopia: A Guide for New Investors. http://edepot.wur.nl/13. Accessed on December 12, 2014.