15 August 2017

Johor princess weds Dutchman

ST_20170815_SEPRINCESS_3348833JOHOR BARU • The marriage of Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim to Dutch-born Dennis Muhammad Abdullah was solemnised yesterday in a ceremony steeped in traditional Malay customs.

The ceremony was held at Istana Bukit Serene, the official residence of the Johor royal family, and was witnessed by her parents, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and his consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris Shah.

Also present were the groom’s parents Martin and Henriette Verbaas, and his brother and sister who had flown in from the Netherlands.


14 August 2017

Steder steps up Asian presence

StederAugust 9 – The Steder Group has established a local presence in the South East Asian market with the opening of Steder Singapore.


The Steder Group says the opening is “a natural expansion” of its existing office network, and considers Singapore, as South East Asia’s maritime and logistics epicentre, to be the logical choice as its base of operation.


Dirk Ghys, who has over 30 years of experience in the maritime and logistics industries, will manage and coordinate Steder’s Asian activities.

Steder Singapore will initially focus on port services, including port agency and ship’s spares logistics, chartering and brokerage activities, and project logistics.

The group will actively promote its heavy cargo logistics capabilities in East Africa for businesses and cargo originating from South East Asia (and the Far East) through its existing operation in Djibouti. Additional services will be added at a later stage.


More information on Steder Group, use this link.


10 August 2017

Dutch Corporate Law for International Investors


los-angeles-corporate-law-la-habraDutch corporate law has found a good balance between the needs of today’s international investment community, and the current-day needs for corporate and tax governance. In the process, the Netherlands has achieved top scores for company establishment and investor-friendly business law. In the changing political and regulatory landscape in the world, this provides a solid and future-oriented base to companies operating cross-border in Europe.


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11 July 2017

PM Lee and Dutch counterpart reaffirm excellent bilateral ties

lwx_080718g20Hamburg, 8 July 2017. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders’ Summit yesterday. Both leaders reaffirmed excellent bilateral relations, and exchanged views on regional and international developments, said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.


PM Lee and Mr Rutte agreed to step up bilateral cooperation, including in cyber security. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) had inked a memorandum of understanding with the Netherlands’ National Cyber Security Centre to boost cyber security cooperation in July last year. On Thursday, the CSA signed a joint declaration on cyber security cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.


Mr Lee and Mr Rutte looked forward to the early ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), which will benefit businesses on both sides, the statement said. The EUSFTA had hit a roadblock in May when the European Court of Justice ruled that it could not be concluded by the EU alone and had to be ratified by its 38 national and regional authorities to go into force.


Both leaders also reiterated their commitment and support for an open international trading system.


Mr Rutte had made an official visit to Singapore last November.



28 June 2017

New Office for TNO in Singapore

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 6.47.38 PMFrom July 1st, TNO Singapore has a new office in Ascent building, Science Park I.


2 Science Park Drive #02-07

Ascent Science Park I

Singapore 118222