India, Netherlands discuss cooperation in various sectors including agriculture, health

New Delhi, May 24: India and Netherlands on Thursday explored cooperation across several sectors at a CEOs Round Table attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

“Explored strengthening cooperation in sectors like agriculture and food processing, horticulture, water management, logistics, life sciences and health, among other areas,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

“Netherlands strength in technology and innovation is a big opportunity for India cutting across several sectors crucial for India’s development”, he added.

Both the countries announced a wide range of MoUs/Agreements and Initiatives across different sectors including Government to government, Knowledge institutions, Water, Agrifood and horticulture, Hi-tech/IT/Space, Life Sciences & Health, Smart Cities, Business and Sustainability.

The Netherlands joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Expressing happiness over this Prime Minister Modi said this decision by The Netherlands to join the ISA will add a new chapter to Indo-Netherlands bilateral relations.

“India and Netherlands have shared close relations in the United Nations Security Council and also with respect to multilateral exports. The ISA will add a new chapter” he added.

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mark Rutte arrived in India for a two-day official visit on Thursday.

He was welcomed by Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Lastly, he will participate in an agro event, before heading to Bengaluru.

Rutte is scheduled to call on Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

In Bengaluru, he will pay a visit to Shell Technology Centre and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Around 10 in the night on May 25, he will leave for Netherlands.


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