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    Sample Dutch project requirements


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 3/2001

    An eligible project:

    • offers a real perspective for investments or a sustainable trade relation with a company in a PSOM country;
    • contains installation of equipment (hardware), transfer of knowledge from the Dutch company to the local company, together with a combination of technical assistance, training, market research, demonstration of project results and institutional reinforcement;
    • has a positive impact on local employment and jobs in the selected sector;
    • has a genuine, visible spin-off for Dutch firms;
    • is tailored to local circumstances and local skill levels and uses proven technology; and
    • should not be disadvantageous to the poor, deteriorate the position of women or have a negative impact on the environment.

    Project contribution

    PSOM contributes two-thirds of the total project budget up to a maximum of US$ 2 million. Projects are, however, usually expected to be around US$ 419,000 to US$ 629,000. The participants themselves provide the rest. An exception is made for South Africa, where the PSOM contribution will be 80% (due to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development regulations). The hardware to be exported should have a Dutch content of at least 60% in terms of production and components, and comply with Dutch environmental and safety standards. In general, PSOM is not intended for feasibility studies, with the exception of studies that elaborate on the solution of an infrastructural problem defined by the developing country's government. If a Dutch consortium expresses an explicit interest in carrying out such a study, PSOM may contribute 80% of its project budget.

    Source: Extracted from the Netherlands Programme for Cooperation with Emerging Markets (PSOM) web site (http://www.senter.nl/psom).