The Transition Facility (TF) was a programme that encouraged Dutch SMEs and knowledge institutes to become active on the up-and-coming markets in Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa. You can no longer apply for this subsidy; the facility is closed.
The Transition Facility is closed. For inspiration, please see other schemes and projects in developing countries, such as
Transition Facility in practice
To see how TF was put into practice, read the business case Modern greenhouse vegetable production in Vietnam with Transition Facility. This case provides a clear picture of how the facility improved the production of lettuce in the Lam Dong province.
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With the Transition Facility, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed to stimulate Dutch entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa to improve the business climate in these transition countries.
Transition countries have received the international label 'promising'. These countries have a relatively good investment climate, decent economic policies and a well-developed financial sector. Also, these countries also have a rapidly expanding middle class, a relatively young population and a stable political situation. These are important ingredients for durable, local economic growth. Therefore, these countries are interesting markets for Dutch SMEs.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has financed the Transition Facility. It was implemented by the Dutch embassies and consulates general in the transition countries and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
You can find publications and official notices about Transition Facility on our Publications page.