NL.IN.BUSINESS – Laurens Poelhekke on Doing Business in Vietnam

By | All, Asia

According to Laurens Poelhekke (29) of CDR International, in order to be successful as an international entrepreneur, you have to be flexible and have a feeling for cultural aspects. But not only that; having a local network is essential. “And in Vietnam, being present in the country is very much appreciated.” We spoke to Poelhekke about doing business in Vietnam. How did he tackle that, where do you have to be as a Dutch entrepreneur and where does he think there are opportunities?

“Find a good local partner, put a lot of time in it. Build a good working relationship, and then doing business in Vietnam can go very fast! “

Laurens Poelhekke is South East Asia Representative / Civil Engineer in Vietnam for CDR International. He is also a board member of the Dutch Business Association Vietnam (DBAV). He now lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City. Since one and a half years he has been the forward post for South East Asia for the engineering firm in the hydraulic engineering sector. Twenty people now work worldwide for CDR International. “I am co-responsible for building and developing projects in Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh. I am also a hydraulic engineering engineer for our projects. For example, I have worked on a project where six flood defences and seven kilometres of dyke have been built in Ho Chi Minh. CDR carried out a design review for the contractor. The city suffers from a high water problem due to high water levels in the river and flooding caused by flooding, especially around the monsoon. I am also involved in a port project in Bangladesh and inland development in Myanmar. “

For the full interview (in Dutch only) see: Ondernemen in Vietnam

President George Weah of Liberia, UNDP, GCF, and EPA participated at CDR’s presentation of Inception Report on Climate Change Monrovia

By | Africa, All

The Managing Director of CDR International BV, Dirk Heijboer, and his team, and our partners, presented CDR’s Inception Report for the UNDP – Green Climate Fund funded project: “Engineering and Safeguards Assessment of Proposed Interventions in the coastal areas of the Monrovia Metropolitan Area (MMA) in Liberia“. The President of Liberia, George Weah, was also present amongst distinguished guest of the UNDP, GCF, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and other important stakeholders.

The press published various articles on the subject with drone pictures made by CDR International.
–> Monrovia Faces Imminent Disaster
–> Liberia: Preliminary Study Depicts Scary Pictures of Imminent Disaster in Monrovia
–> Monrovia Threatened by Rising Sea Level, Others 
–> Monrovia Faces Imminent Disaster; EPA Alarms following Coastal Engineering Assessment

For further details, see the project summary –>

Launch Urban Water Logistics Yangon Myanmar

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The Urban Water Logistics Yangon (UWLY), Partners for International Business (PIB) Consortium 2018-2021, has been launched in Myanmar “Collaborating for a Bright Water and Maritime Future of the Yangon Delta”. CDR International is part of the consortium.
The UWLY covenant has been signed in Yangon, Myanmar, by the Chief Minister, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and all PIB members. Workshops will now take place in Yangon with major stakeholders and develop the timeframe and projects.

CDR participates in RVO Water as Leverage workshop in Khulna Bangladesh

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CDR participates in RVO Water as Leverage workshop in Khulna Bangladesh, presided by Henk Ovink, with the Design Team consisting of : Defacto, Nelen & Schuurmans, Royal HaskoningDHV, Wageningen University, Dutch Public Works, DevCon, Khulna University and leading partner CDR International. Henk Ovink is the first appointed Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

CDR partner in PIB program Vietnam for Inland Waterways and Ports

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Minister Kaag of Foreign Trade & Development opened the 100th PIB program (Partners for International Business).
The 100th PIB program revolves around domestic waterways in Vietnam. Dutch companies excel in the dredging of waterways and in the development of ports. Vietnam can use this knowledge and expertise well.
To meet Vietnamese demand, Dutch companies have united in a PIB program. In addition, a government-to-government program is being set up under the direction of Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management). This must result in an integral policy approach for the waterway corridor at Ho Chi Minh City.
This ‘Dutch approach’ must then also be implemented in other parts of the country.

See also: Mijlpaal – 100 keer Partners for International Business

CDR International welcomes Mr. Thieu Stevens

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At the 1st of October 2018, Thieu Stevens (MSc.) joined the team of engineering experts of CDR International. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch, Thieu obtained his Master’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. During his education, Thieu paid special attention to the design of (hydraulic) structures. He made the preliminary and detailed design for a small tunnel underneath the railway system near Assen, to obtain the Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Thieu obtained his Master’s degree by developing a formula to predict the stability of stones in a bed protection based on the output of a Detached Eddy Simulation; including the effects of turbulence was the main challenge of his thesis, which was conducted at Deltares. In between, Thieu already gained some international experience during a multidisciplinary project about coastal protection by mangroves in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.
CDR wishes Thieu all the best at the start of his career.

CDR International welcomes Mr. Attman Kar

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As of the 13th of August 2018, Mr. Attman Kar (M.Sc.) has strengthened the engineering team of CDR International as a Coastal and Marine Engineer.
Attman has graduated from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands, in 2017, after completing a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, as part of the Erasmus+ Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM) programme. During the programme, he undertook parts of his studies as well as various projects at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, and the University of Southampton, the United Kingdom, apart from TU Delft.
During his graduate research at TU Delft, he tested the validity of two TU Delft-developed numerical models for shallow foreshores found in the low-latitude regions of the world, by comparing numerically obtained data with laboratory-obtained data, after replicating a similar foreshore in the laboratory.
Attman has wide international and engineering interests which he has shown during his education. For instance, he spent two months at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and studied climate change and its impact on coastal erosion, and the development of infrastructure in the fragile Arctic region. He also took part in a multidisciplinary project in the Netherlands and explored the feasibility of connecting the town of Holwerd to the Wadden Sea.
CDR wishes Attman all the best at the start of his career.

RVO Awards CDR and partners D2B Study Bank Protection Mao River in Bhutan

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CDR and its partners have been awarded a D2B (Development to Build) subsidy to carry out the Mao river bank protection.
The project will focus on the overall objective of the D2B project, which is to identify suitable and sustainable infrastructural flood protection intervention(s) and / or mitigation intervention(s) alongside the Mao River in order to reduce Gelephu’s vulnerability to floods of the Mao River.
The sub goals of the Develop2Build project are: (1) Answering the question if river training of the Mao River is possible, and if so to what extent. (2) Define the need and suitable and sustainable locations and intervention(s) for land reclamation alongside both banks of Mao River.
See project –>

Design Charrettes to make a plan for a Better Living Environment in the Msimbazi River Basin

By | Africa, All

Last month the 3rd design charrette on a plan for the Msimbazi River basin has taken place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This project consists of 2 stakeholder workshops and 6 design charrettes that are being organised in a half a year’s time. The objective of the design charrettes is to develop, together with all stakeholders and communities, a stratgic management framework for the entire catchment area of the Msimbazi River basin as well as a detailed plan for the lower part of the catchment. CDR International is part of a consortium to facilitate this special participatory design process which is funded by the World Bank. Charrettes are particularly suitable to address complex multi-facetted and interrelated social, technical and environmental issues.
The Msimbazi River basin, covering a large part of Dar es Salaam’s urban area, is characterised by extreme high (informal) urbanisation rates, crossing of major infrastructures, a mosaic of different urban land uses and a whole range of environmental and sanitation issues. One of the main issues is the increasing severity and frequency of flash floods affecting the area. The actuality of the problems was underlined by a heavy flood event that took place one day before the 3rd design charrette.
Through these charrettes we work together on a plan for a better living environment in the Msimbazi River basin.

CDR Tanzania Design Charrettes 2
CDR Tanzania Design Charrettes 1