Accelerating trade between The Netherlands, Europe and Vietnam

To accelerate the international success of Vietnamese companies, the Dutch Business Association Vietnam  (DBAV) has founded a three-year program to guide selected Vietnamese SMEs in their international growth: Ready to Export. Only selected SMEs can partake in this intensive program that is free of charge and takes 8 months to complete. Acquisition for Vietnamese SMEs is now taking place in the five biggest cities of Vietnam.

The long-term goal of the R2E program is to enhance the capacity of Vietnamese SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) to become long term value chain partners of The Netherlands’ Foreign Direct Investors (FDI) and Multi National Enterprises (MNE) so that building reliable trading partnership between the 2 countries.

The short-term goal of the R2E program is to help selected Vietnamese SME to be successful in their expansion, both internationally and as a value chain partner for FDI and MNE (Multi National Enterprises) companies.

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The program Ready to Export will focus on supporting three sectors:

  • Agrofood
  • Horticulture, and
  • Manufacturing.

A total of up to 300 SMEs will initially participate in the training program, of which at minimum 90 and up to 150 SMEs will get additional mentoring & networking support over a period of 3 years (2022 to 2024)

The core of our program is to provide you:

  • A series of R2E workshops that assists to increase your business’ export-readiness;
  • Strategy to modify your company’s operations, production processes and facilities in order to handle an increased demand for your product;
  • Coaching and in-depth discussions with specialists on key trade issues; and
  • Networking and matchmaking events to explore opportunities and business development.

With the right training and introductions, including European practices, norms and standards, we expect that Vietnamese SMEs will receive a sustainable boost in growth and export readiness.

Program Implementation Partners

Dutch Business Association Vietnam (DBAV) is a non-profit organization with the mission to build bridges between The Netherlands and Vietnam.

ASSIST is an international non-profit implementing projects in Vietnam since 2007. ASSIST has implemented several SME capacity development programs in Vietnam.

Vietrade is a trade promotion agency of the Govt of Vietnam supporting the Ministry of Industry & Trade of Vietnam in supporting trade promotion related activities.


This program is funded by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and helps enterprising Dutch people and policy officers in the field of sustainability, doing business across borders, agricultural entrepreneurship and innovation