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Mayelinne De Lara
Mayelinne De Lara
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Bangladesh Embassy in the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Dhaka, has organized a (virtual) Bangladesh-Netherlands Investment Summit, on 8th and 9th  December 2020, to mobilise potential Dutch entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs to explore specific investment opportunities in three key sectors: Agriculture – Food, Light Engineering, Water – Maritime.

Two leading Investment Consulting firms  – LightCastle Partners (Dhaka) and Larive International (Amsterdam) – were collaborating with the Embassy in this venture.

Leading Bangladeshi Chambers, industry Associations and Agencies as well as leading Dutch Government agency, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), were associated with the Embassy’s initiative.

Unlike conventionally organised Business or Investment Seminars or B-to-B meetings, the event brought a set of three sector-specific, interactive Webinars where the interested Dutch entrepreneurs got the chance to engage with sector-specific panellists from Bangladesh and the Netherlands to assess ways to form long-term collaboration with credible private sector partners in Bangladesh.

Unlike conventionally organised Business or Investment Seminars or B-to-B meetings, the event brought a set of three sector-specific, interactive Webinars where the interested Dutch entrepreneurs got the chance to engage with sector-specific panellists from Bangladesh and the Netherlands to assess ways to form long-term collaboration with credible private sector partners in Bangladesh.

Following the Investment Webinars, on 10th December, an illustrative Study on Dutch-Bangladesh economic engagements titled “ Netherlands in Bangladesh: Mapping the ground @ 50 stitching partnerships” was launched where Dutch Ambassador in Bangladesh Mr. Harry Verweij and Dutch Ambassador for Business Development Mr. Steven Collet along with State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam were present. The Study would highlight key accomplishments in various economic fields as also share indicate possible areas of cooperation between private sectors of Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Over the past five decades, Bangladesh enjoys seamless political ties and economic engagements with the Netherlands. There is now growing potential for Dutch involvement in various fields in Bangladesh through Dutch knowledge, innovation, technological products and solutions within global supply chains. At present, the Netherlands is the 4th largest origin country for FDI to Bangladesh and 7th largest export destination in Europe for Bangladeshi goods.

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