Economic related services in Singapore
One of the core tasks of the Embassy in Singapore is to promote economic and trade relations between Singapore and the Netherlands. We offer active support to Dutch companies already present in Singapore and those starting to explore the Singaporean market. We also provide advice to Singaporean companies interested in trade and investment in the Netherlands. We provide more detailed information about opportunities in sectors with high potential, where the Netherlands offers specific added–value: water, maritime, high tech, life sciences & health and food and nutrition.
The economic department of the Embassy consists of a head of department, a senior trade officer, three innovation advisors, two advisors of the ‘Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency’, a policy advisor for agricultural affairs, a customs attaché and several interns.
The innovation advisors at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore provide support to companies, research institutes/universities and government, and present initiatives for collaboration. They organise seminars, facilitate matchmaking, and answer your questions about R&D developments in both the Netherlands and Singapore. Please contact the innovation advisors via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), a division of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, is fully committed to expediting foreign direct investment in the Netherlands. For 30 years, the NFIA has been providing assistance to foreign companies wishing to take advantage of the dynamic Dutch business environment as a strategic base to cover Europe, with a view to expand their global reach in the international marketplace.
For foreign companies planning to establish, expand or re-organize their pan-European operations in the Netherlands, the NFIA provides a wide range of services in areas such as economics, operational costs, fiscal and legal matters, and business locations, as well as key information on national, local and regional development companies. As a government agency, the NFIA provides its services free of charge and on a strictly confidential basis. More information can be found on investinholland.com.
How can we support your business?
The Embassy works closely together with the Dutch government agency for supporting trade and investment, the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). Together we offer the following services to companies that want to enter the Singaporean market.
Information about doing business in Singapore
We provide information on opportunities, promising sectors and potential business partners in Singapore. We also provide information about Singaporean rules and regulations for doing business, including the establishment of a legal entity. Where needed the Embassy can refer you to the relevant (government) organisations or specialised service providers for more in-depth assistance.
You can e-mail a trade enquiry to the Embassy via email@example.com
Market Advisor of RVO for individual advice:
T: (+31)(0)88 0424242 or via the Contact form
Request tailor-made information ('Informatie op Maat') from RVO. This service follows an intake conversation with RVO and provides you with a tailor-made overview of opportunities in the product market you are interested in Singapore. Contact the Market Advisor of RVO, see contact details above.
Business Partner Scan
Request a Business Partner Scan (Zakenpartnerscan) from RVO in cooperation with the Embassy. The Business Partner Scan will provide you with a detailed overview of potential business partners in Singapore. This service requires an intake conversation with RVO in which the profile of the potential business partners will be discussed in-depth. The Embassy will contact these potential business partners to verify whether they are interested. This extensive service carries a fee of 500 Euro.
Contact: via contact form or the RVO market advisor (see above).
Monitoring business opportunities
The Embassy is constantly scanning for business opportunities, particularly in the priority sectors. Relevant leads, including tenders and policy developments, are published on the country page Singapore of RVO (click on ‘ontdek kansen in Singapore’), and can be sent directly to your company at your request.
Supporting trade missions and visits to Singapore
We regularly support – or organize in cooperation with RVO – incoming and outgoing trade missions between Singapore and the Netherlands. Information about such missions is published via the Embassy website. We also support individual businesses traveling to Singapore in setting up contacts with public or private sector parties.
The Embassy regularly organise networking events for Dutch businesses with Singaporean counterparts. These can be general receptions or events (often in cooperation with parties such as DutchCham) or seminars or functions linked to a specific incoming mission. The aim is to provide a platform to share best practices and explore business opportunities with potential partners.
In case of conflict situations, the Embassy can provide advice and assistance in for instance contacting relevant institutions. In such a case, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.hollandtrade.com is an English website, hosted by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs (EVD), providing useful information classified into categories such as the Netherlands Economy, Market information and Business information.
· Market Information: sector analyses, “made in Holland/sector publications”, market entry, distribution, new products, etc.
· Business information: company directories, Dutch representatives abroad, match making facilities, rules and regulations, trade enquiries, events, etc.
Established in 2008, DutchCham represents Dutch business interests in Singapore. Objectives include providing advocacy and information concerning trade, commerce, industry, finance and investment in Singapore.
Its mission is to promote Dutch commercial and economic interests through regular dialogue and contact with its partners in the Dutch and Singapore governments, EuroCham, the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, other chambers of commerce and relevant organizations taking account of Singapore's strategic position in the region. With its aim to foster closer ties with Singapore-based companies DutchCham welcomes local and foreign companies alike.