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CBI contributes to the equitable economic
development of selected developing countries by providing export marketing and
management support to their SME exporters and Business Support Organizations
with the purpose of increasing exports to Europe.
CBI stimulates and supports economic activities that are sustainable, socially
responsible and environmentally sound. This implies compliance with
international social standards, more specifically ILO Conventions, and European
consumer health, safety and environmental requirements. Requirements are both
legislative and market driven. CBI works with clients who subscribe and strive
to comply with these standards and requirements.
In order to accomplish its mission CBI concentrates on five core competencies.
- Market knowledge
CBI has an intimate knowledge of the structures, characteristics, developments
and requirements of markets in the European Union.
- Product and production improvement
CBI is able to provide technical assistance in improving products and production
processes that contribute to the competitiveness on the EU markets.
- Quality control
Quality is of main concern to the consumers and end users in the European Union.
There are multiple rules, regulations and standards on quality (originating
from) stipulated by the European Union, national governments, trade & industry,
non-governmental organizations, etc. CBI is able to coach exporters and business
support organizations in meeting the requirements in this regard.
- Export marketing and management
CBI is able to provide technical assistance and training on improving export
marketing and management knowledge and skills within companies and business
- Market entry
Through its knowledge of the markets and its long year experience CBI is able to
provide guidance and market entry services to companies in gaining access to,
maintaining and expanding market share on the EU markets.
For disciplines beyond our core competencies, CBI cooperates with various other
The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) was
established in 1971.
CBI is an Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and part of the development
cooperation effort of The Netherlands.
The organization has five departments dealing with:
- market information;
- export coaching;
- institutional development of business support organizations;
- general affairs and accounting.
The number of staff employed by CBI is around 37. Besides, CBI calls on the
assistance of a large number of external experts for the implementation of