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French investments in the Netherlands

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French investments in the Netherlands

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Samenvatting

This thesis about French investments in the Netherlands tries to explain why this big country invests in a small country like the Netherlands and also why the Netherlands is a privileged location for foreign establishments.
The first chapter is a brief presentation of the company where I led my research.

Chapter 2 is the theoretical part aimed at explaining the most important aspects of foreign direct investments. This part is based essentially on literature regarding foreign investment strategies. There are many factors influencing the selection process for investments in a particular country. In this part we will see why companies invest abroad and the benefits of foreign direct investments. We will also look into some attractive criteria that make a country attractive for foreign direct investments.

Chapter 3 presents the Dutch economy and the general trend of foreign direct investments in the country. The Netherlands has always been an international oriented country and is an attractive country for foreign direct investments. We will see why it is so attractive, who invests in the Netherlands and in which fields?

Chapter 4 deals with French foreign direct investments in general. It is interesting to have first a general look on French investments and find out the other countries that French investors target. In this chapter we will also look at France's foreign trade relationships and the trend of foreign direct investments in France. France is a big investor abroad however inward FDI in France is less significant and this might be explained by its old habits of protectionism.

Chapter 5 is the last part where we will try to answer the question why do French investors choose for the Netherlands? To answer this question we will look first of all at the Dutch-French commercial relationship and we will find out that these countries are complementary in their exchanges especially in the agribusiness, energy and transports. We will follow the evolution of French investments and their importance in the Netherlands compared also to the other countries. We will see the sectors that French investors find attractive in the Netherlands and who are the big French investors. Finally we will find out that French investors are willing to invest more in the Netherlands, which became one of the "priority" targets for French foreign direct investments. The research on French investments in the Netherlands came also with a small survey of French companies that established affiliates in the Netherlands. The first survey that was carried out was not successful, however the second survey had better results. The second survey was aimed at trying to find out if French companies still find the Netherlands an attractive country for investments.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingInternational Business & Languages
AfdelingScaldis Academy
PartnersLesire & Partners, Brussel
Datum2006-06-29
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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