India, Netherlands set roadmap for co-op
During talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from The Netherlands Mark Rutte, which covered a wide range of issues, the visiting leader expressed support to the ambitious 'Make in India' programme, including in the defence sector.
Modi also announced e-visa for tourists from The Netherlands. At a joint media interaction later, Modi described the talks as "comprehensive and productive" and said they discussed bilateral relations as well as global and regional issues of mutual interest.
He said a Joint Statement issued after the talks "outlines our <g data-gr-id="55">road map</g> for cooperation in priority sectors of mutual interest, including infrastructure development, shipping, ports and inland waterways, renewable energy, science and technology, health and sports.
"We have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on <g data-gr-id="56">Counter Terrorism</g>, which will hold its first meeting on June 19," Modi said. He said both the countries stand to benefit from closer bilateral and multilateral collaboration, including in areas such as countering terrorism and extremism, defence, maritime security and cyber security.
"Our two countries are bound by history and shared values. We have similar concerns like terrorism and common aspirations for a secure and stable world," he added.
Rutte, while describing the two countries as close economic partners, said the trade between them now stands at 6 billion euros and growing <g data-gr-id="57">everyday</g>. "These are impressive numbers but we need to step up and do more and still there are many areas where we can work more closely," he said. The two Prime Ministers were later joined by 35 business leaders from both sides for a working lunch.
Observing that the agreements reached on Friday are closely aligned with India’s economic priorities, Modi said Rutte expressed support for the ‘Make in India’ Mission, including in the defence sector. The Netherlands has emerged as an important platform for Indian companies in the European Union, which is one of India’s largest markets.
<g data-gr-id="52">Its</g> competitive and open business environment is also reflected from the fact that India is also the fifth largest source of investments in the Netherlands, Modi said. “We have also agreed to leverage Dutch expertise in developing coastal roads and metro lines in India and set up a joint working group on skill development,” he said.
India will also host a Dutch team to draw up a <g data-gr-id="38">road map</g> for collaboration in the National Clean Ganga Mission.
“I also conveyed our decision to include The Netherlands in India?s Electronic Tourist Visa scheme. This will boost Dutch tourism in India and enhance our people-to-people ties,” Modi said.
He said agreement on manufacturing of dredgers in India at the Cochin Shipyard is a welcome step in India’s efforts to develop Indian shipyards.
Maha likely to ink MoU with the Netherlands on coastal road
Maharashtra government is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Netherlands to develop a 35-km long coastal road. The agreement is likely to be inked during the three-day visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to India from Friday. Rutte will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for a business interactive session. According to an official from the Chief Minister's office, Rutte will also lay a wreath at Mumbai's Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in memory of 26/11 victims.
The official said that Rutte will also visit Bombay House for a meeting with Chief Executive officers (CEOs) and business tycoons. "During the Netherlands Prime Minister's visit, there are several MoUs, like on transfer of technology and training of our staff which may be signed between the two governments," the official said.