statement of the economic affairs: trade and investment
(EA) section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands in Bangladesh is1 :
To assist and facilitate Dutch companies which are
interested to do business or already active in trade or
investment in Bangladesh by providing:
information on economics (macro and sector level), doing
business, rules and regulations and politics in
information on Dutch trade and investment promotion
company specific assistance (i.e. advice on possible
local partners or assistance with trade related
Moreover, the EA section
provides Bangladeshi companies that want to do business with
or in the Netherlands with useful background and contact
information to further their plans. In addition, the EA
section regularly informs the relevant Dutch ministries and
agencies on the latest developments that are important for
trade and investment.
A different, but related, aspect of the activities of the EA
section is to assist Bangladesh in enhancing its business
enabling environment. These efforts are captured under the
heading Private Sector Development (PSD). The Netherlands
embassy in Dhaka plans to extent and further integrate PSD
activities in its development cooperation programme.
Ultimately, the goal of improving the enabling environment
for doing business in Bangladesh is to reduce poverty via
sustainable and pro-poor economic growth. At the same time,
a better enabling environment in Bangladesh will also
enhance the opportunities for Dutch traders and investors on
the Bangladeshi market. In short, a clear win-win situation!
The EA section consists of two full time employees, Saskia
Bezoen-Cachia and Riffat Zaman, to be reached via DHA-EA@mibuza.nl.
Next to that, the Ambassador Kees Beemsterboer and the
Deputy Ambassador Fritz Meijndert (who is also the head of
development cooperation and economic affairs) naturally play
an important role when it comes to trade and investment.