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Indian Companies Are Helping Us Build A More Successful Society: Dutch PM Mark Rutte In India

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| May 24 , 2018 , 16:34 IST

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte is currently on a 2-day trip to India and on Thursday conducted talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended a CEOs round-table conference in New Delhi. He highlighted the role Indian companies active in the Netherlands are playing in the development of society.

After arriving in New Delhi, the Dutch PM addressed a business event and the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum where he admitted that cleaning the Ganges is not an easy task but that the Netherlands is with India in the initiative.  

PM Modi and PM Mark Rutte signed a series of agreements and issued a joint media address.

"I had urged Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance and I am happy tell you that today Netherlands has become a member of the International Solar Alliance," PM Modi said.

"The areas of agriculture and food processing are important to us, and Netherlands has expertise in both the fields. I am happy to share that Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence for Vegetables has started in Pune's Baramati," he said.

"Many Indian companies, which are active in the Netherlands, are helping us to build a more successful and more resilient society. I look forward to all the future meetings," Dutch PM Mark Rutte said.

India and the Netherlands announced a wide range of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/Agreements and initiatives in the fields of Government to Government, Knowledge institutions, Water, Agrifood and horticulture, Hi-tech/IT/Space, Life Sciences and Health, Smart Cities, Business and Sustainability.

Dutch PM Rutte will be leaving for Bengaluru on Thursday evening and will be visiting the ISRO campus during his stay there.

The visit of the Netherlands PM at the invitation of PM Modi comes less than a year after PM Modi's visit to the Netherlands last June.

India and the Netherlands have a bilateral trade of $5.39 billion and the Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India. Around 2.35 lakh Indians reside in the Netherlands, the largest in mainland Europe.