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PUM 40 Years - Practical knowledge, positive impact

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of PUM Netherlands senior experts. PUM was established on 24 April 1978 by the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since that time, PUM has advised more than 40,000 entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Volunteers with a broad view 

With more than 1900 male and female volunteers on its books, PUM is often referred to as the largest temporary employment agency for volunteers in Europe. They support entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets by providing practical knowledge aimed at promoting sustainable growth. Their knowledge helps to remove obstacles, to encourage innovation and to seek commercial opportunities. PUM volunteers share this knowledge in every conceivable field; from irrigation to crop improvement and from energy efficiency through to waste management. With their broad view, they combine all the players in the supply chain, from producers to processors and consumers, often in close collaboration with partners. In this way, PUM experts create a positive impact on the economy, the environment and society as a whole.

Hans de Boer, chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW and of PUM underlined the importance of knowledge. “Knowledge is worth more than money. The sharing of knowledge among entrepreneurs is a means of truly achieving advancement for businesses in developing economies. This is all the more important in countries where rapid population growth calls for new commercial activities and opportunities.

PUM is a lively forty-year old. At the age of forty, most people are around halfway through their lifetime, a point at which they take stock of their current situation and consider where they intend to go from here. In other words, they find themselves on the threshold of wisdom. PUM has matured solidly and over the coming years will continue to work towards sustainable development in small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets, with its missions and structural programmes.”

The Dutch version of this news item can be read by clicking here.