The Indian Business Chamber (IBC) was founded on June 13, 1989 to provide a forum for the Indian Business Community, to protect, advance and promote its commercial interests in The Netherlands, in particular, and in the European Community, in general, and to make the authorities and the public aware of the contribution and role of the Indian Business community to the general developments of the Dutch economy. It has held various seminars in cooperation with the Dutch Chambers of Commerce, hosted many trade delegations from India and facilitated exchange of information among its members. The IBC has 36 Companies as members at present.
Though, in principle, it is open to all PIO’s companies, almost all its member-companies are owned by NRI/PIOs who came directly from India and started their businesses here. In the beginning, most of the companies were dealing in textiles or restaurants but they have now expanded to almost all other types of businesses. They have established very well and many of them are on the international scene.
In the last three years, we have had almost 16 events, roughly 4 to 5 events per year, such as: annual dinner, golf tournament, investment talk, talk on healthcare, trade delegation from India, and a Diwali function every year.
All companies established in the Netherlands or in the EEC in which persons of Indian origin have majority share holding shall be eligible to become members on terms and conditions laid down by the Executive Board.
A company or a high profile person of an Indian origin, not otherwise eligible for membership but supports the aims and objects of the IBC, may, upon such terms and conditions laid down by the Executive Board, become an associate member.
The IBC has existed for more than twenty years. The board feels that it is now time to expand and involve the younger generation as well as more PIOs companies in the IBC.
The IBC is registered at the Chamber of Commerce, Den Haag under the number : 40412292.