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Partners for International Business - PIB

Last checked on:
28 November 2023
Published on:
7 May 2019

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.

Budget and application period

Start date:
Monday, 1 January 2024
End date:
Thursday, 26 September 2024
Total budget:
€ 4,200,000

How does 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:

  • Promotion and matchmaking (in Dutch) through NL Branding, mission & fairs, seminars and workshops. For advice tailored to your business case, please contact us at
  • The Knowledge Exchange and Networks module (in Dutch), in which activities are developed in Government-to-Government (G2G), Knowledge-to-Knowledge (K2K) and Netherlands Management Training Program (NMTP).
  • The Economic Diplomacy module (in Dutch), which 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.

Get inspired

Below are several inspirational examples of clusters which launched PIB activities in the past.

PIB launched more than 100 programmes since it was set up in 2012. 

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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