Netherlands and India Plan Closer Cooperation
NEW DELHI, 05/09/13 - The Netherlands and India are to set up a joint commission to look at how the existing trade barriers can be removed, Foreign Trade Minister Lilianne Ploumen announced following a meeting with Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma.
"There is a clear need for more Dutch expertise," said Ploumen, who is on a trade mission in the country. Over 40 companies are travelling with her. As well as the capital of New Delhi, they will also visit Mumbai, the financial centre of the country.
Sharma wants to collaborate in areas including agriculture and horticulture, waste processing, food safety, water management, the health sector and urbanisation. The two ministers also discussed socially responsible business.
During the talks, it was decided to set up the joint investment and trade commission in order to remove still existing trade barriers and to further step up economic relations between the two countries. Technological partnership and exchange of expertise in the area of food security were also looked at.