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SANEC proudly announces that it has reached its first year jubilee as a resident of WTC The Hague. As WTC The Hague is a hub where all parties that focus on international business come together, it is the perfect office location for an international business facilitator like SANEC.

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Member of the SANEC board PwC joined forces with Wesgro and the City of Cape Town to develop a publication on Cape Town’s Creative Software Design and Development sector. Danie Fölscher (PwC Western Cape): ‘We believe that Cape Town’s innovative spirit and talent fuel the growth potential in this sector globally

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As a follow-up to the visit of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group to the Netherlands on 6 June 2013, SANEC visited the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay on 28 and 29 June 2013 to explore opportunities for Dutch businesses.

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The newly appointed Ambassador to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Harare, Zimbabwe, Gera Sneller, visited the SANEC office in The Hague, to discuss collaboration in order to promote economic and trade relations between Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. SANEC is engaged with a number of Dutch companies who are starting to explore the Zimbabwean market.

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At the 3rd annual Congolese Economic Forum for the EU (Brussels 24 - 25 June 2013) several innovative investment opportunities were presented to the European private sector. SANEC participated in the Forum, allowing for effective knowledge transfer and new market entry contacts for Dutch companies looking to do business in & with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The South African Ezra Ndwandwe wrote a business report about the differences between the Dutch economy and that of South Africa. She wondered why many more Dutch companies will invade in international markets soon and what makes the Dutch economy successful compared to South Africa.

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SANEC attended the Trade Officers Dialogue Session on South African Economic Landscape. In cooperation with DTI, Brand SA, host of the session, provided presentations on South Africa's Competitive Drivers and Investment Opportunities aligned with the Industrial Policy Action Plan South Africa (IPAP) 2013-2016. An interesting business discussion followed with participants of the EU commission and different European trade councils.

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According to Financieel Dagblad (a renowned Dutch newspaper), one in five fast growing investments in Africa is initiated in the Netherlands. Many multinationals have placed their African activities with a Dutch representative office, because of the favourable fiscal and legal environment of the Netherlands.

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Seasons are changing, but business goes on asual. We also changed the way we would like to interact with you. We have successfully launched our Facebook-page and have welcomed over 1.000 digital relations in less than one month! In case you haven’t liked us yet, we invite you to do so and we provide a dynamic mix of interesting information!
 

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Our Board member Marcel van de Kar, Managing Director of Vopak Terminal Durban (Pty) Ltd, will be replaced by Erik Kleine. We wish Marcel all the best with his new position as Global Account Director at the Global Office Rotterdam VOPAK. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation with Erik Kleine. 

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According to the Africa Attractiveness Survey of SANEC board member Ernst & Young, there is good reason to pause and celebrate the progress that Africa has made: “Despite the impact of the ongoing global economic situation, the size of the African economy has more than tripled since 2000 and many parts of the region forecast to continue experiencing relatively high growth rates.”

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As a follow up of the visit of The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation of the United Republic of Tanzania (TPSF) to the Netherlands, the TPSF and SANEC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the development of bilateral business relations between Tanzania and the Netherlands. Incentive behind this MoU is the mutually accepted need to strengthen bilateral business and trade relations between the business communities of Tanzania and the Netherlands.

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After a succesful first edition, the Festival for the Afrikaans will be repeated in the Netherlands. The programme of the festival is filled with a lot of music, theatre and poetry, which will all be performed in Afrikaans.

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Knowledge about business opportunities in development countries is made available via one central portal: “De Bedrijvenportal”. This portal includes hands on information as well as information about NGO’s that are potential partners for organisations.

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