Partners for International Business - PIB
The Partners for International Business (PIB) programme allows Dutch businesses to enter into a public-private partnership to realise their international ambitions. Doing business abroad is not always easy. You may be confronted with trade barriers, a lack of knowledge among local governments and businesses or restrictive local laws. Joining forces with other businesses in your industry and the Dutch government puts you in a better position.
How did PIB work?
The Dutch government has developed a 2-year or 3-year action plan with clusters of Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes to list strategic activities that provide the best possible platform abroad for a Dutch industry or sub-industry and the specific clusters.
The government relies on resources such as its foreign network to promote the interests of the Dutch business sector and implement the PIB programme. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has access to a global network of embassies, consulates and Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs).
PIB is open to all countries except those subject to international sanctions. Since 2018, PIB has been open to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This makes it possible to apply from Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba (the BES islands) or Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten (the ACS islands).
All activities within the programme fall within the scope of 1 of 3 modules:
Within the Knowledge Exchange and Networks module, activities are developed in Government-to-Government (G2G), Knowledge-to-Knowledge (K2K) and Netherlands Management Training Program (NMTP).
The Economic Diplomacy module covers activities aimed at market organisations, market access and solving specific issues for the business cluster. The Dutch representation in the relevant country and ministries carries out these activities.
Below are several inspirational examples of clusters which launched PIB activities in the past.
- Urban Farming Partners
- Serbia Green Cities
- Sport, Innovation and Vitality USA
- Cybersecurity USA
PIB launched more than 100 programmes since it was set up in 2012.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs