India and the Netherlands have announced the launch of the strategic partnership in the water sector to further intensify ongoing cooperation and better coherence in the area. Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry Sandeep Chakravorty said that both leaders have agreed to elevate the joint working group on water to a Ministerial Level. They also discussed to broaden bilateral cooperation in new areas of water including water budgeting, cost effective decentralise treatment technology, converting wastewater to energy and river hazard management. He said both sides have announced the setting up of a fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade and to resolve issues of Dutch and Indian companies. The two countries also discussed collaboration in the field of agriculture, Urban Development and Space.
India welcomed the Netherlands’ guidelines on the Indo-Pacific which recognises the importance of the region for global peace, security and prosperity and identifies India as a key partner to engage with. Both leaders emphasised the close convergence between each other’s vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Two Prime Ministers acknowledged that the richness of the relationship between India and the Netherlands is a result of the long standing people-to-people contacts and agreed to further promote greater awareness and mutual understanding through enhanced cultural cooperation.