We are involved in several programmes of Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), which is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). These are some of our activities for RVO and CBI:

Programme management support

We help programme managers design and implement programmes. Currently we provide support to CBI’s cocoa programme in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Training and coaching on sustainable business

For CBI, we provide training and coaching on sustainable business to companies in developing countries, such as Egypt, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Pakistan. We help them develop ambitious CSR plans and trategies.

Facilitation of workshops and conferences

For CBI, we chair meetings on many different sectors, such as cotton, fish and seafood, motion control, garments, footwear, tea, honey, processed fruits and vegetables, and natural ingredients for health products. We also facilitate CBI peer groups, bringing together representatives from the European private sector (importers, wholesalers, retailers etc.), trade associations, research institutions and sector experts to share views and experiences on key market and trade trends and developments.

Tailored intelligence for companies in developing countries

Rupa Ganguli and Bart Slob did research on the market opportunities for shapewear and beachwear from Colombia, as part of CBI’s portfolio of tailored intelligence product on export opportunities to European markets. CBI produces general market intelligence studies for about 25 sectors.

Workshop with Egyptian and Jordanian CSR experts. Photo: Bart Slob

Workers at a bed linen manufacturer in Giza, Egypt. Photo: Bart Slob

CBI peer group on processed fruit and vegetables. Photo: Bart Slob

CSR training with cocoa cooperatives and exporters in Sierra Leone. Photo: Bart Slob

CBI conference on trade promotion. Photo: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CBI peer group on tea. Photo: Bart Slob

Engineers at Tawakol Metal Industries. Photo: CBI.