SME Times News Bureau | 17 Oct, 2019
India and the Netherlands complement each other in terms of
technology and taken together, they make a great team.
This was stated by H.M. King Willem-Alexander of The
Netherlands while addressing the Inaugural Session of the India – Netherlands
Technology Summit being organized by the Department of Science and Technology
and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi today.
He stated that in the Netherlands experience, India was a
partner you could trust.
He stated that The
Netherlands and India could work together in areas such as Agriculture and Food
Security, Water Management and Climate Change.
Another area where he felt that the two countries could
share their experiences and approach was in terms of Public Private
centuries old partnership between India and Netherlands, Dr Harsh Vardhan,
Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth
Sciences, Government of India stated that traditional items of trade between
the two countries had given way to more high technology ones.
He added that India and the Netherlands were celebrating 10
years of cooperation in the Science, Technology and Innovation space especially
in areas such as Urban Water Management, Smart Energy Grids, and anti-microbial
resistance, among others.
He stated that Netherlands could help India in its quest to
double farmers income by improving water technology in the farm sector.
In her address, Ineke
Dezentje Hamming, Vice President, Confederation of Netherlands Industry and
Employers VNO-NCW noted that the two countries could work together on areas
such as dredging, agri and food processing and start-ups among others.
She stated that entrepreneurship and technology have no
borders and Netherlands was ready to join India in its quest for development.
Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
stated that India has been using technology to try and achieve its aspirational
He was of the view that the days of leap-frogging were long
gone and the time was now right to “pole-vault”.
In this context, he felt that the Netherlands could help
India and some key areas of cooperation could include affordable medical
science, Big Data, Internet of Things, Water and Food Processing among others.
President, CII stated that India and the Netherlands have entered into several
meaningful collaborations such as the cleaning of the Ganga River and cleaning
of the Barapullah drain in Delhi. He was of the view that the two countries had
much to gain in collaborating on mutual projects such as these.
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII highlighted the rising trade and cooperation
between India and The Netherlands.