The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked our experts at IJsfontein to develop an app named ‘NL exporteert’. The app was designed for both new and more experienced entrepreneurs with international ambitions, and brings together all relevant public and private export information and trade networks in one place.
Through an interactive world map, the app offers up-to-date information on scheduled events in each country, as well as dos and don’ts of doing business in each country, macro-economic key data, funding options and contact numbers of embassies and trading posts worldwide. In addition, the app shows at a glance where most of a country’s inhabitants live, where the areas of greatest economic growth and greatest purchasing power are, how hard it is to do business locally, and where Dutch export tends to focus on. The app also contains a currency converter and a world clock showing the time difference between the Netherlands and other countries. Furthermore, it contains the ‘Export Guidelines’ functionality, which provides entrepreneurs with access to relevant customs forms, rules and regulations, international networking programmes, corporate social responsibility, as well as tips, tricks and information regarding financial affairs.
A testimonial from Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Overseas Trade and Co-Operation for Development: ‘Every time I go abroad, I recognise just how many opportunities for overseas trade there are for Dutch companies. However, it seems that many companies need a little nudge in the right direction in order to take that step towards cross-border trade. That is what this app is all about. I hereby urge all Dutch entrepreneurs to download the app, which will open up a world of possibilities to them.’ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs developed the app in association with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Fenedex, MKB Nederland, VNO-NCW, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, FME, Metaalunie, NCH, ABN-AMRO, ING and Rabobank.
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