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Netherlands Economic Mission 

to Nigeria and Ghana

16 - 20 June 2014



Netherlands Economic Mission 

to Nigeria and Ghana

16 - 20 June 2014



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Index

Map of the Netherlands 

 

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Foreword Lilianne Ploumen 

 

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Introducing the Netherlands 

 

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Agrifood & Horticulture  

ALFEN TBI  

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Champrix 12



Duijndam Greenconsult 

13

East-West International 



14

Eosta 15


FMO 17

Orange Trade & Technology  

18

Rabo Development 



19

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation 

20

Vellekoop & Meesters  



21

Wageningen UR 

22

Wegdam Meat Link 



23

Life Sciences & Health  

Brecon International 

25

Cordaid 26



Delft Imaging Systems 

27

Enraf-Nonius 28



LINET Group 

29

MeduProf-S 31



PharmAccess 32

Philips Healthcare 

33

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) 



34

Task Force Health Care 

35

Maritime & Logistics  



APM Terminals 

37

BAM International 



38

Beco   


39

CWT Commodities 

40

Deep Hydrography & Geophysics 



41

DELTARES 42

ESS&SA 43

IHC Merwede 

45

Maritime & Transport Business Solutions  



46

Port of Amsterdam 

47

Portside International 



48

Royal Boskalis Westminster 

49

Shore & Offshore Security  



50

Smit Lamnalco 

51

STC B.V. 



52

Thales 53

UNESCO-IHE 54

Van Oord 

55

Others  


Atradius Dutch State Business 

57

Berenschot International  



58

DASUDA Netherlands  

59

NABC 60


Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering 

61

Company profiles

Official Delegation 

63

Other Government Officials 



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Contact details Embassy Nigeria 

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Contact details Embassy Ghana 



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It is a pleasure to head this economic mission to Nigeria and 

Ghana, two countries which have enjoyed sustained progress 

and now find themselves at the forefront of economic 

development on the African continent.

The Netherlands has long had outstanding relations with 

both Nigeria and Ghana. Indeed, they are among our main 

partners in Africa. In the case of Ghana a focus on development 

cooperation is rapidly shifting towards a partnership based 

on trade and investment. Nigeria, the largest economy of 

Sub-Saharan Africa, has been a major trading partner for 

the Netherlands, and our mutual aim is to achieve further 

diversification in our trade relations. 

The goal of the mission is to identify and facilitate new 

alliances and opportunities that will benefit our countries. It 

underpins our aim of expanding economic relations into a 

broad-based trade and investment partnership. Key objectives 

include identifying mutual advantages, promoting inclusive 

growth, fostering sustainable production practices and 

advancing the principles of corporate social responsibility. 

I am therefore proud to present a business delegation that 

represents state-of-the-art know-how in various sectors, 

including agri-food, horticulture, maritime logistics and life 

sciences & health. These companies offer innovative, high-

quality expertise and sophisticated solutions to important 

challenges such as food security, infrastructure development 

and health issues. I am convinced that, together with our 

Nigerian and Ghanaian partners, we can successfully meet 

these challenges. 

I wish the delegation members every success in making 

inspiring new contacts and setting up successful partnerships.

I look forward to a successful and enjoyable mission.

Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

www.facebook.com/lilianne.ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and 

Development Cooperation

 


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Introducing  

the Netherlands

A country that was in need of more land for agriculture… Where 

land was reclaimed from the sea and kept dry: the famous 

‘polders’. A country supposedly too cold to grow certain 

vegetables and flowers... Where greenhouses were invented as  

a solution to this problem. Where Dutch farmers now produce  

2.5 times more food per acre than EU farmers produce on 

average… 



We know food & flowers

.

A country that the Dutch created in the delta of three large rivers, 



flowing into the North Sea… Where two thirds of GDP are earned 

below sea level… Where there used to be a lake almost two 

million acres wide where Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is today… 

Where innovative and daring solutions for water control protect 

half of the country against the risk of being flooded. It earned us 

a worldwide reputation… 



We know water

.

A country that is the gateway to Europe… Connecting nearly half 



a billion consumers in the European hinterland to the world’s 

producers… Thanks to the world-class Port of Rotterdam, the 

internationally praised Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, an extensive 

network of waterways, Europe’s strongest road transport sector 

and an extensive network of rail links… 

We know logistics

.

A country with an open and cooperative attitude… Whose 



residents have always felt the need to explore what lies beyond 

its borders... Where the world’s first multinational corporation 

originated in the 17th century. A country where, today, more than 

80% of people who are 15 years or older speak English…  



We know international business

.

Source: Rijkswaterstaat



Source: Tomato World

Source: Europe Container Terminals BV, 

Rotterdam

Source: Hans Kouwenhoven

Sources: Holland Compared, CBS, DNB, World Bank, IMF, OECD, WTO, UNCTAD, EIU, IMD Business School

Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge is more powerful. Doing business the Dutch way is

doing business with you and for you! It’s not about quick fixes or easy money, but about

cooperation and consideration of individual needs of partners… Trade is in our DNA. It makes us 

Pioneers in International Business.

Worldwide ranking 

• 

1st



   Production and auctioning of cut flowers and flower bulbs 

• 

2nd



  Number of broadband connections per 100 inhabitants (39.4%)

• 

2nd



  Density of road network

• 

2nd  



Export of agricultural products (103.3 billion US Dollar) 

• 

2nd  



Quality of Water Transportation (9.04)

• 

2nd



  Logistics performance Index (4.05)

• 

4th



  Largest seaport in the world (Port of Rotterdam), largest in Europe

• 

6th



  Exporter of goods (555 billion US Dollar)

• 

7th  



Foreign direct investment in the Netherlands (From Europe)

• 

8th  



Import of commercial services (119 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th



  Dutch investments abroad (976 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th



  Importer of goods (501 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th  



Export of commercial services (134 billion US Dollar)

Facts & figures 2014

• 

Form of government 



Parliamentary democracy, constitutional monarchy

• 

Capital city 



Amsterdam

• 

Seat of the government 



The Hague

• 

Composition of the country 



Twelve provinces, overseas territories of Aruba, Curaçao and 

St. Martin. The overseas islands of Boanire, Saba and St. Eustatius, all three of which are situated 

in the Caribbean, are ‘special municipalities of the Netherlands’

• 

Language 



Dutch, Frisian

• 

Monetary unit 



Euro

• 

Number of inhabitants 



16,848,640 (May 2014) 

• 

GDP in the EU 



615.4 billion Euro (2014)

• 

GDP per capita 



43.146 US Dollar (2012)

• 

Trading partners 



1) Germany; 2) Belgium; 3) UK; 4) France;

 

• 



Import partners 

1) Germany; 2) Belgium; 3) China;

• 

Dutch investments abroad 



777.2 billion Euro (Ultimo 2013)

 

• 



Foreign direct investment in the Netherlands 

485.9 billion Euro (Ultimo 2013)

• 

Command of foreign languages 



English (80% of > 15 years old), German (66%) and French (25%)

• 

1st



   Best performing European healthcare system (2013, Euro Health Consumer Index) 

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Introducing  

the Netherlands

A country that was in need of more land for agriculture… Where 

land was reclaimed from the sea and kept dry: the famous 

‘polders’. A country supposedly too cold to grow certain 

vegetables and flowers... Where greenhouses were invented as  

a solution to this problem. Where Dutch farmers now produce  

2.5 times more food per acre than EU farmers produce on 

average… 



We know food & flowers

.

A country that the Dutch created in the delta of three large rivers, 



flowing into the North Sea… Where two thirds of GDP are earned 

below sea level… Where there used to be a lake almost two 

million acres wide where Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is today… 

Where innovative and daring solutions for water control protect 

half of the country against the risk of being flooded. It earned us 

a worldwide reputation… 



We know water

.

A country that is the gateway to Europe… Connecting nearly half 



a billion consumers in the European hinterland to the world’s 

producers… Thanks to the world-class Port of Rotterdam, the 

internationally praised Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, an extensive 

network of waterways, Europe’s strongest road transport sector 

and an extensive network of rail links… 

We know logistics

.

A country with an open and cooperative attitude… Whose 



residents have always felt the need to explore what lies beyond 

its borders... Where the world’s first multinational corporation 

originated in the 17th century. A country where, today, more than 

80% of people who are 15 years or older speak English…  



We know international business

.

Source: Rijkswaterstaat



Source: Tomato World

Source: Europe Container Terminals BV, 

Rotterdam

Source: Hans Kouwenhoven

Sources: Holland Compared, CBS, DNB, World Bank, IMF, OECD, WTO, UNCTAD, EIU, IMD Business School

Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge is more powerful. Doing business the Dutch way is

doing business with you and for you! It’s not about quick fixes or easy money, but about

cooperation and consideration of individual needs of partners… Trade is in our DNA. It makes us 

Pioneers in International Business.

Worldwide ranking 

• 

1st



   Production and auctioning of cut flowers and flower bulbs 

• 

2nd



  Number of broadband connections per 100 inhabitants (39.4%)

• 

2nd



  Density of road network

• 

2nd  



Export of agricultural products (103.3 billion US Dollar) 

• 

2nd  



Quality of Water Transportation (9.04)

• 

2nd



  Logistics performance Index (4.05)

• 

4th



  Largest seaport in the world (Port of Rotterdam), largest in Europe

• 

6th



  Exporter of goods (555 billion US Dollar)

• 

7th  



Foreign direct investment in the Netherlands (From Europe)

• 

8th  



Import of commercial services (119 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th



  Dutch investments abroad (976 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th



  Importer of goods (501 billion US Dollar)

• 

9th  



Export of commercial services (134 billion US Dollar)

Facts & figures 2014

• 

Form of government 



Parliamentary democracy, constitutional monarchy

• 

Capital city 



Amsterdam

• 

Seat of the government 



The Hague

• 

Composition of the country 



Twelve provinces, overseas territories of Aruba, Curaçao and 

St. Martin. The overseas islands of Boanire, Saba and St. Eustatius, all three of which are situated 

in the Caribbean, are ‘special municipalities of the Netherlands’

• 

Language 



Dutch, Frisian

• 

Monetary unit 



Euro

• 

Number of inhabitants 



16,848,640 (May 2014) 

• 

GDP in the EU 



615.4 billion Euro (2014)

• 

GDP per capita 



43.146 US Dollar (2012)

• 

Trading partners 



1) Germany; 2) Belgium; 3) UK; 4) France;

 

• 



Import partners 

1) Germany; 2) Belgium; 3) China;

• 

Dutch investments abroad 



777.2 billion Euro (Ultimo 2013)

 

• 



Foreign direct investment in the Netherlands 

485.9 billion Euro (Ultimo 2013)

• 

Command of foreign languages 



English (80% of > 15 years old), German (66%) and French (25%)

• 

1st



   Best performing European healthcare system (2013, Euro Health Consumer Index) 

Agrifood & Horticulture

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ALFEN TBI 

Hefbrugweg 28

NL-1332 AP Almere

PO box 1042

NL-1300 BA Almere

F: +31 36 54 93 459

M: +31 6 139 88 600  

E: e.raaijen@alfen.com

www.alfen.com 

Evert Raaijen

Business development manager

Alfen is part of TBI holding, which is a large Dutch company with 8000 

employees and 2 BEuro annual turnover.

Alfen is the Dutch marketleader in MV and LV infrastructure, Electric 

Vehicle charging solutions, smart grids solutions and sustainable 

smart micro grid solutions.

Products and services offered

Solar / diesel / battery storage hybrid power plants for microgrids. 

With brandname SOPRA : Sustainable Offgrid Powerstation for Rural 

Applications. To be used for:

•  Agricultural applications

•  Industrial applications

•  Villages 

•  Schools

•  Hotels

•  Military compounds

•  Smart grid  solutions

Unique Selling Points

Reliable energy supply

Cost reduction:

•  Our SOPRA powerplants reduce the diesel consumption and costs 

with 40-100 %

•  Even with low diesel prices of 0,75 Euro/liter our systems have a 

return on investment of 5 years.

•  Expected  lifetime of SOPRA systems are 20 years, meaning a large 

financial payback

•  Sustainable solution

•  Compact and transportable solution in 20 ft containers

•  Modular solution (expandable in energy and power,  redundant, 

low losses)

•  Turn-key installation



Profile of Commercial Contacts Wanted

Agro, food and other industries with large energy costs (fuel and grid) 

to invest in a financial attractive sustainable energy supply systems.

Governments to invest in sustainable smart micro grids for rural 

electrification


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Champrix

Molenweg 11/13

NL- 5821 EA  Vierlingsbeek

P: +31 478 631 091

M: +31 630 994 584

E: brecht@champrix.nl

www.champrix.nl

Brecht de Jong

General Manager

Champrix offers a wide range of premixes, feed additives, milk 

replacers and protein concentrates for the animal feed industry. Our 

products are suitable for pigs, ruminants and poultry and we deliver 

to the animal feed compound industry, home-mixers, feed producers, 

integrators and distributors all over the World. Our products can be 

fully tailored to our clients’ needs with European precision. Our small 

team goes to great lengths to make sure our clients get what they 

need, when they need it.  

We are not only experienced in developing and producing high-

quality animal feed ingredients, but we also know how to ship your 

order in the best possible way for you. Since we are in the proximity of 

Rotterdam International Harbor, we able to ship fast, reliable and cost-

efficient. If desired, we can even combine a shipping of more than one 

of our products in one container. 

We are headquartered in The Netherlands but we operate Worldwide. 

Products and services offered

We offer products for the animal feed industry. Our products include:

•  Premixes

•  Feed additives

•  Protein concentrates

•  Milk replacers

•  Feed Additives/ Anti Biotica replacers

•  All our products can be combined and/or tailored to any specific 

need.  

Unique Selling Points

Champrix is small and is therefore able to act fast. Because we don’t 

have to go through layers of decision makers, we are able to produce 

what you need quickly. 

Rotterdam International Harbor is nearby and we can therefore ship 

fast and reliable, but most of all cost-efficiently.  

We provide excellent after-sales.

We are an environmentally friendly company and we offer sustainable 

products. 

We are GMP+ certified and our products are tested regularly by 

independent and renowned laboratories. 


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Duijndam Greenconsult

Chrysantenweg 24

NL-2665 LL Bleiswijk

P: +31 10 5217219

M: +31 6 53696597

E: martienduijndam@gmail.com

www.duijndamgreenconsult.com

Martien Duijndam

CEO


Duijndam Greenconsult, the advisors with practical greenhouse 

knowledge, Duijndam Greenconsult knows how to put years of 

experience into practice.

Duijndam Greenconsult has the goal to use the Dutch knowledge 

in horticulture in other parts of the world, in order to produce safe 

vegetables and flowers with high quality. We have experience in 

growing tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and pot plants. In the 

cooperative, Growers Advice4U, with experienced growers from The 

Netherlands we can provide you with the best advice available in the 

world of horticulture.

We can give you advice about growing methods, train you and your 

staff and help you develop your company to a profitable organization. 

We can educate the management and working staff about all aspects 

of running a greenhouse business such as: the labour, the marketing, 

product handling, strategic choices and capturing the key figures. 

Our services are aimed at helping new build greenhouses start from 

scratch and develop the entire management system.  We can make 

financial estimates in order to operate a greenhouse. This from 

planning to an operational company. With the knowledge level of 

GrowersAdvice4U we can develop a greenhouse of outstanding 

quality with a low technical input placed in any specific location.

Where possible we will always aim to work with sustainable methods 

for the growing process, the labour and the environment in order to 

improve the results for the client. We also have a lot of contacts with 

some highly regarded institutes as WUR, TNO, TU Delft. We want to 

contribute to a solution for growing safe vegetables for the needs of 

the population all over the world.

Profile of commercial contacts we are looking for

Companies working in the field of producing and trading vegetables, 

flowers and pot plants for the local and international markets. 

Companies developing and producing vegetable or flower seeds and 

cutting plants. Maintenance companies working in the field water 

supply and electricity supply in the rural areas. Fertilizers and chemical 

pest-control suppliers.


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East-West International

Heiligeweg 18 

NL-1601 PN Enkhuizen 

P: +31 228 323820 

E: eastwestafrica@gmail.com

Jan Arie Nugteren

Business development manager  

West and central Africa

East West began in 1982 with the goal of blending European style 

seedsmanship with Asian tropical vegetables.  We were convinced 

that by introducing intensive breeding programs to developing 

vegetable seed markets we could improve the lives of farmers while 

building a successful business.  Our first commercial success, a hybrid 

bitter gourd, came after several years of research investment.  But our 

hard work has paid off by significantly raising industry standards for all 

vegetable seeds.

After introducing the first hybrid vegetable seeds in Asia, we have 

become a market leader by selling premium quality hybrid and open 

pollinated seeds for all major tropical vegetable crops.  Farmers who 

use our seeds understand the compelling fact that our premium seeds 

will earn them premium prices for their improved crops.

Our strategy is based on breeding appropriate varieties by living 

and working in the markets we serve.  From our early work in the 

Philippines, we have expanded to include breeding programs in 

Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China.

Our reputation as producers of excellent varieties reaches even 

beyond Asia, to Europe and North America where we provide seeds 

to Asian vegetable producers demanding authentic and high quality 

vegetables for Asian cuisines.

In Africa we are active both at the east as the west side from 2007.

In Ghana we started in trying out our varieties, first for an important 

export market (to Europe) of hot chili peppers. Our Demon is now the 

market leader for this market. Alongside we are also developing the 

market for locally consumed vegetables together with our importer/

distributor Tikola Ltd.

Our success has come from a unique blend of strengths.  

We have one of the best tropical Asian vegetable germplasm 

collections in the world, which helps our creative group of 

international breeders develop superior varieties. But we also have a 

unique approach to market development and assisting farmers.

Through our network of field representatives we understand firsthand 

the challenges farmers face, and promote innovative, problem-solving 

cultivation techniques.  This hands-on exchange of knowledge 

promotes the success of both our farmer-customers and our business.


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