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The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and DCCP both work towards strengthening the economic relations between the Philippines and the Netherlands. Both have their own mandate and clear roles, but there is also complementarity. The below Matrix gives further clarity on the overlap and differences of how both parties can help the private sector.

1. Mandates:

The Embassy represents the Netherlands government in the Republic of the Philippines. In the economic domain, it supports individual Dutch companies in larger government projects and in solving disputes involving the Philippines government. This in addition to the tasks mentioned under 2. Main tasks and responsibilities.

DCCP focuses on services to companies (which can be current and potential members) inclusive of, but not restricted to, business services, networking, event organization, and business-to-business matching, and on representation of the general interests of its members to the authorities in the Philippines. This in addition to the tasks mentioned under 2. Main tasks and responsibilities.

2. Main tasks and responsibilities:

With a focus on SME’s, the main tasks of the Embassy’s Economic & Trade department are: 

A) To provide basic information about doing business in the Philippines and the relevant regulatory framework;

B) Assistance with market entrance by identifying and connecting with potential partners (which can include the DCCP); 

C) Answering trade inquiries from Dutch companies and troubleshooting;

D) Assisting and facilitating Dutch visitors and delegations visiting the Philippines;

E) Identifying business opportunities for Dutch companies and knowledge institutes;

F) Promoting The Netherlands and Dutch businesses by organising seminars, workshops, social functions; 

G) Reporting on relevant developments in the economic context of the Philippines.   


The DCCP, as a bilateral Trade Support Organisation, has the following as its main tasks:

A) To provide business information services to (potential) members and other stakeholders, possibly including tailor-made advise, basic market research and reports;

B) Answering trade inquiries especially those that deal with experiences in doing business in the Philippines;

C) To serve as a link for its members to other Business Chambers and Organisations;

D) To represent the common business interests and individual needs of its members to the appropriate authorities;

E) To organise a calendar of events to facilitate networking and information sharing among members and selected guests.

3. Complementarity and cooperation:

Both the Embassy as the DCCP work on trade related issues and would as such inform the wider business community about the services they deliver. The Embassy sits on the Board of DCCP in an advisory capacity. Both organizations interact with (EU) trade related parties and advertise the economic possibilities of trading with the EU market. The areas for further cooperation could be:

Organisation of joint business events;

Joint communication and public diplomacy around those events;

Referral of companies to each other depending on the nature of the question or issue;

Joint matchmaking or trade mission organization.

Be each other’s sounding board for specific topics and/or industries.