The Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) is a bilateral trade support organization. We help to forge and foster business ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands. The broader aim of the Council is to further facilitate investment by Dutch and Malaysian companies in each other's countries and to increase trade opportunities.
Established in 1996 by Malaysian and Dutch companies, MDBC has over 200 member companies and is considered one of the most active councils in Malaysia. MDBC achieves its high standards through the successful execution of its three objectives: Information, Representation and Networking.
Information: MDBC provides business information services to our members. MDBC also assists members and newcomers to the Malaysian market on issues related to setting up a company or a rep office here. MDBC keeps our members updated on the latest developments in the business world and members' news through our quarterly publication -the MDBC Magazine, the organization of informative & educational events and through our website and e - mailings.
Representation: MDBC serves as a link to other bilateral Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce. We actively participate in the dialogue amongst European Union member states in Malaysia and we have a seat on the Board and Exco of the European – Union Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI). We also have established relations with various government institutions. The common business interests of our members as well as individual needs of companies are voiced through MDBC to the appropriate authorities in Malaysia.
Networking & Events: Through regular (monthly) events, members are able to develop good business contacts with the Dutch business community in Malaysia, as well as with other foreign companies, Malaysian counterparts and government bodies. In 2010, MDBC members received a total of 36 event invitations, an average of 3 per month! In addition to the Business Luncheon presentations, seminars, meetings & dialogue sessions with relevant Malaysian institutions and visits to companies, exhibitions or projects, numerous social networking events are organized together with other Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce to further extend networking opportunities. Together with the Economic & Trade Department of the Netherlands Embassy and industry associations, MDBC will participate in Trade Exhibitions and matchmaking sessions whenever possible. At exhibitions, MDBC members will be invited to present their products and services within a larger "Holland Pavilion". MDBC strives to support our members as often as we can and to as great an extent as we can. Below is a summary of some of our special programmes: Since 2004, MDBC has been able to coordinate the internships of more than 300 Dutch students in Malaysia. Under MDBC's Student Internship Programme (SIP), the students find placements at MDBC member companies or related organizations. MDBC organizes unique events under the banner of "Members-for-Members", member companies presenting their expertise and services to other members and guests. Since 2004, the quarterly M4M sessions have provided a wealth of information-sharing and exposure opportunities for participating companies. Due to the increase of Dutch entrepreneurship in the Northern Region, the MDBC Penang Chapter was launched in 2010. Directly and indirectly, this has already brought more than 25 Dutch and Malaysian organizations together under the Penang Chapter.
For more information about MDBC, please check our website: www.mdbc.com.my. MDBC is also on facebook at: www.facebook.com/mdbc.com.my.
The MDBC Business Directory is published once every 18 months and contains information about our organization, trade and economics in the two countries as well as our members.