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The NABC would like to welcome you to our prestigeous annual African Ambassadors' Dinner, which will take place on Thursday the 4th of December.

The Ambassadors' Dinner provides the ideal networking platform for both African Ambassadors and Dutch private sector companies to share their experience, explore new connections and enhance existing business relations.

The program includes a set of diverse networking sessions, high-profile speeches, ulminating into an elegant dinner and it will end with some drinks.

Watch the short movie of the Ambassadors' Dinner 2013 on our Youtube Channel here.

This event is exclusive for NABC members.

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All the 180 tickets have been sold. You can still register, but you will be put on the waiting-list. Although you will receive an automatically generated confirmation of your registration, we will contact you if your registration will be completed. We are sorry for any inconvenience.



Tentative Program:

14:30-15:00   Arrival and Registration

15:00-17:00   One-on-One meetings between African ambassadors and Dutch private sector companies

17:00-18:30   Plenary Session
                      Welcome by NABC & Rabobank
                      Speech by Coert Beerman - Head of Region NL & Africa at Wholesale, Rural & Retail International
                      Speech by Bob van der Bijl - Managing Director NABC
                      Speech by Michiel Hijmans 
                      Annoucement Winner "Doing Business in Africa"-Award

18:40-19:30   Reception

19:30-19:45  "Walking" First Course

19:45-21:30  Seated Networking Dinner
21:30-22:00  End


Coert Beerman has been appointed as of July 1st 2014 as Head of the Region NL & Africa at Wholesale, Rural & Retail International, where he will be responsible for the Wholesale activities in the Netherlands and Kenya.

Mr. Beerman started his career at Rabobank in 1983. In 1991, he served as Director / Chairman of the Board at several local banks and as a member of various committees and networks within and outside Rabobank. Since 2004 he has been the Chairman of the Board at Rabobank Rotterdam. In 2013, he was the programme director for the Visie 2016 programme, in addition to his role at Rabobank Rotterdam. 


Michiel Hijmans: was born in Amsterdam on 22 April 1958. After completing his secondary education in 1978. He enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1978 and retired this summer as commodore. Most of his career he spent at sea in various positions, including 3 commands of frigates. In 2011 he was in charge of NATO's Counter Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The last two years he served in Brussels dealing with security topics within NATO and the EU.

His current main business is for the company Westmark BV, where he is in the lead of the development project “Maritime Security Alliance”. This project concerns an integrated overarching non-lethal security system for vessels against piracy and armed robbery. 

Bob van der Bijl: Bob van der Bijl is the Managing Director of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC). Bob holds a Master-degree in Economics and he has been the driver of NABC’s growth since 2007. His responsibilities include business development; government relations; political lobby; consumer markets & (financial) services and advising African governments on trade and investment promotion. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of doing business in Africa, Bob is an expert in exploring business opportunities in Africa.





Mystery Guest: More info will follow on he 4th.


Practical information

Date: Thursday 4 December
Time: 14.30-22.00
Location: Rabobank Nederland
Address: Croeselaan 18, 3521 CB Utrecht
Parking: At location
Language: English
Dress code: Formal
Costs: € 50,- per person

This event is exlcusive for Members.

Confirmed Embassies so far:

1) Benin
2) Liberia
3) Nigeria
4) Gabon
5) Sudan
6) Egypt
7) Niger
8) Uganda
9) Morocco
10) Cameroon
11) Ghana
12) Kenya
13) Mozambique
14) Zambia
15) Rwanda
16) Algeria
17) Tunisia
18) Chad
19) South-Sudan
20) Ethiopia
21) Lesotho
22) Sierra Leone
23) Libya
24) Democratic Republic of Congo
25) South-Africa
26) Madagascar
27) Ivory Coast
28) Mali
29) Togo




Doing Business in Africa-Award

Every year NABC has the honour to hand out the "Doing Business in Africa" Award to one of its members. During the annual Ambassadors' Dinner in December, three preselected companies will be given the floor to pitch themselves and their successful business activities in Africa. The audience will vote which company has achieved an honourable success and thus wins the first price: the well-known white elephant.

Latest winners:

2013: Portside - Bas de Vaal
2012: Kroftman Structures B.V. - Oscar Tiedink and Patricia Tiedink
2011: Remco Afrique - Angelique Mbundu
2010: Intercommerce - Jan Slange
2009: BIG Machinery - Ron de Bruijn

Criteria for the pre-selection are among others:

- Innovation;
- Sustainability;
- Profitability.

When you want to make a chance for the Doing Business in Africa Award, please send an email to Maryn Kleingeld including a brief motivation.







Kroftman Structures B.V. is glad to have won the 1st price for their successful business in Africa. (2012)

Upper photo: Rose Muchiri is handing out the award to Bas de Vaal during the Ambassadors' Dinner 2012.


A couple of photo's:

Photo 1) Dinner time.










Photo 2) Matchmaking-Session










Photo 3) Key-note speech by Jan-Peter Balkenende









Photo 4) The African-knowledge game, also known as "Petje op/Petje af"





Mourad Dahmani, Economic Counselor of the Embassy of Algeria:

"It’s a good opportunity for us to promote the Algerian market and to meet Dutch companies."

Jan-Peter Balkenende, EY:

"The atmosphere is great, the speeches were fantastic, the people very enthusiastic. I had a great evening and it also underlines the fact that you have to do business in Africa and do it on a responsible basis."

Rose Makena Muchiri, Ambassador of Kenya

"I think it is very good and I believe that we should do this more often to make sure that we work closely together. This evening will boost the Dutch-Kenyan relations and will result in mutual benefit."





Event details

African Ambassadors' Dinner
From December 04, 2014
Till December 03, 2014
NABC events
Annual Event
Utrecht, Netherlands