MALAYSIAN DUTCH BUSINESS COUNCIL (MDBC) OPENS NEW OFFICE IN THE HEART OF THE FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF MALAYSIA
The Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC), one of the leading Dutch Chambers of Commerce worldwide, welcomed VIP guest YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed (Minister – Prime Minister’s Department (Economy), and former MDBC Patron), along with members and other guests to the opening of their new office at Binjai 8 Premium Soho, located at the heart of the Financial Capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur.
“MDBC’s new location offers close proximity to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This allows us to start offering new products and services from a very strategic location with a beautiful view of the KLCC Park and part of the KL skyline, which will strengthen our role in helping to facilitate trade and investment between the two countries. We're excited to introduce our new virtual office and hot desking product for Dutch and Dutch - linked companies and entrepreneurs who are looking to tap into a 'virtual office' or 'hot desk' offering as they set up a more permanent establishment, or are simply looking for a place to conduct business while in Kuala Lumpur,” shared Marco Winter (Executive Director, MDBC).
Zainul Rahim (Chairman, MDBC), and Remco Koster (Vice – Chairman, MDBC) commented that MDBC managed to grow strongly during the past 25 years thanks to the positive business environment in Malaysia, the positive bilateral relationship, and the close cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy.
YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed was joined by Netherlands Ambassador H.E. Aart Jacobi and guests from the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Agency (MIDA), and TalentCorp for the launch of MDBC’s “Rumah Oranje” or Orange House. The name is a nod to both the Malaysian and Dutch components of MDBC. The VIP guests witnessed the signing of the first ‘residents’ of Rumah Oranje, namely Expandian, Hoogendoorn, TalentSquare, and Finly.
To “Dutchafy” the office, MDBC worked in close cooperation with several of its member companies who provided products and expertise – to showcase Dutch products available in Malaysia, used in a practical / real life setting, such as Markant Office Furniture, Signify, AkzoNobel Dulux, Brabantia, and Unilever.
In addition to the formalities, thanks were given to the companies who had supported the office warming – HEINEKEN Malaysia, Uhrenholt, Delfi Marketing, Albatross Exim, and Unilever Malaysia.
“The Netherlands is always among the top contributors of FDI to Malaysia. We were, in fact, the top source of FDI in 2021. We know that the strong, long standing bilateral relationship between our countries will continue to flourish. MDBC will continue to facilitate this partnership. We are confident that Rumah Oranje will help us provide an even softer landing for Dutch entrepreneurs entering the local market,” said Marco Winter.
MDBC was the second Dutch Chamber in the world to receive the NLinBusiness quality mark. It is a signal to Dutch entrepreneurs that they can be guaranteed a ‘soft landing’ in Malaysia when entering the local market. As a major trading partner for Malaysia, the Netherlands considers Malaysia a key market. In addition to being ideally located as a manufacturing hub for the ASEAN and wider Asian market, Malaysia consistently ranked among the top 20 in the World Bank Doing Business report for ease of doing business.
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For more information or to get in contact with an MDBC representative, visit www.mdbc.com.my or call +603 – 2387 0043.