Following the Top: Healthcare and Export a workgroup was put together to realise a thorough International Strategy in which clear ambitions and concrete actions are stated. It contained representatives from the public sector (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and the private sector (Task Force Health Care on behalf of the Dutch LSH Alliance). On 17 November 2015 the International Strategy was officially presented to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, during her visit to the Health~Holland Pavillion at the Medica trade fair in Düsseldorf.
International strategy of the Top Sector LSH
How will the Netherlands improve the internationalisation of its successful healthcare sector?
On 16 December 2014 the Top: Healthcare and Export was held in the Ridderzaal, The Hague. The event was opened by the Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers and it soon transpired that: ‘in many areas the Netherlands is a world player in healthcare and the world has a serious need for smart Dutch healthcare solutions’. The question was not ‘whether’ but ‘how’ the Netherlands can bring its healthcare strengths and the hundreds of healthcare organisations (especially SMEs) within the Top Sector LSH (named Health~Holland) across the border.
Besides healthcare missions, meetings, advisory services, publications, Holland Branding and incoming visits, the Health~Holland Pavillion at the Medica trade fair is an example of how the government can support SMEs and knowledge institutions from the medical sector in doing international business. The International Strategy is primarily intended to provide even better support to a large group of healthcare organisations during the export process and in acquiring international innovation and research funding, as well as internationally promoting the Dutch healthcare sector and attracting foreign investments to the Netherlands.
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SME Support Programme
Health~Holland is currently developing an SME Support Programme focused on the faster and more effective development of international business opportunities for small and medium-sized companies.
In line with the Top Sector’s vision to stimulate internationalisation of the Dutch LSH sector, Health~Holland is developing the SME Guidance Programme. The aim of this programme is to increase the number of successful exporting Dutch companies in our sector. By offering tailor-made guidance and support for companies during the initial steps of entering new markets, Health-Holland actively promotes these companies' opportunities.
Follow our Health~Holland Update and website for the latest developments.
TFHC and Fenedex organise Healthcare Export Course
Always wanted to know more on the opportunities of the international healthcare market?
International healthcare markets offer many opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs. All around the globe, from well developed countries to third world development countries, there are continuing investments in the quest for solutions to improve accessibility, quality and affordability of healthcare.
Our Dutch solutions are very well known abroad. As a result, the Netherlands has an outstanding reputation on the area of healthcare. For the Dutch entrepreneur it becomes increasingly appealing to search across national borders. However, exporting towards foreign healthcare markets is a league of its own.
Not one single market is identical. Each market has its own trends, developments, way of business and potential barriers.
Task force Health Care, the platform for the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector, and Fenedex, the export platform of the Netherlands, gather forces to successfully support the Dutch entrepreneur on its way towards these international markets.
Follow the Export Course when you are a starting exporter or a business development manager in the healthcare sector.
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