Further strengthening collaborations between India and the Netherlands

The Indian economy has been on the world’s watch list for quite some time now, and with good reason. As a country set to have the most inhabitants on earth by 2030, India has an average economic growth of over 7% per year, an increasingly better-educated population, high levels of urbanisation and a 15% annual growth in the consumer goods market.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognises India's rising demand for investing in the quality of growth and the living environment, so now is the perfect time for Dutch businesses to develop relations. The Netherlands – and of course, Amsterdam – already has a strong bond with India, and this trade mission is the perfect opportunity to further strengthen collaborations. So if you are a Dutch company interested in attending the trip, apply now (Dutch link). The application deadline is 18 April

A focus on water, food, tech and quality of life

The trade mission is based on the following industries: 

  • Water, logistics and maritime (Delhi and Mumbai): relevant to companies working in harbour development and water-waste technologies, management and transport – the programme (Dutch link) includes a forum organised for smart and sustainable port development.
  • Agrifood and horticulture (Delhi and Mumbai): for companies looking to invest in knowledge, innovation and technologies to advance modernisation in Indian agriculture and horticulture, there are seminars, forums and networking events (Dutch link).
  • High tech / ICT (Delhi and Bangalore): these activities and networking opportunities (Dutch link) will be focused on cybersecurity, gaming, big data, aviation and space travel.
  • Life sciences & health (Delhi and Bangalore): this programme (Dutch link) will have a special focus on e-health, MedTech, medical devices, public health and biopharma.
  • Smart cities (Delhi and Bangalore): this part of the mission is relevant to companies focusing on quality of life, which includes urban planning, e-governance, mobility, architecture and energy. It includes field visits, networking events and a b2b matchmaking event during the Indo-Dutch Sustainability Forum (INDUS). Find out more (Dutch link).

Top Dutch government officials join India trade mission

In addition to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the India trade mission will be attended by the minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, Sigrid Kaag – as well as the minister of agriculture, nature and food quality, Carola Schouten. Also joining will be Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (minister of infrastructure and water management) and Bruno Bruins (minister of medical care).

Needless to say, if you are a Dutch company looking to build up or expand your relations with India, this is the trade mission for you. Find out more about the trade mission (in Dutch) on the RVO website and sign up via the online form (Dutch link).