Dutch Globetrotting Pays Off

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor in Chief; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Worldwide Projects, 1993, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Pg. 30-33

Document Type: Feature article


The Dutch have been doing business overseas for centuries, and Dutch consultants today continue the tradition. Several Dutch consulting firms are profiled. At Fugro-McClelland, N.V., Chief Financial Officer John S. Perrin discusses the firm's activity in private-sector energy projects and infrastructure development for government and provincial authorities, particularly ports and harbors. Environmental as well as construction and exploration services for the petrochemical industry is another interesting area, and Fugro is active in satellite positioning systems. Martin de Graaf, a principal consultant for Euroconsult, discusses relationships with agencies such as the World Bank as well as the growing interest by lending agencies in restructuring local government institutions. Delft Hydraulics, a publicly funded consultantcy and research organization, occasionally competes with private Dutch firms overseas; Managing Director H. J. Overbeek discusses marketing strategy and the softer aspects of water resources, such as policy analysis, problem recognition, training developing-country staff, and master plans for river basins, irrigation and ground water resources. Adriaan van Riemsdijk, head of Nedeco, an umbrella organization of Dutch consulting firms, discusses its privatization studies, the potential of Vietnam, the growing emphasis on price and quotas, even with multilateral agencies, and the difficulties of defining Dutch firms. At the Dutch subsidiary of Frederic R. Harris, vice president Han Ligteringen reviews the firm's expansion from harbor and other offshore engineering for oil companies to national planning, especially for privatization in Eastern Europe.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Water resources | Private sector | Ports and harbors | Developing countries | Privatization | Financial management | Infrastructure | Vietnam | Asia | Europe

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