Broad government delegation to undertake trade mission to India

Prime minister Mark Rutte, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Minister for Healthcare and Sport Bruno Bruins will travel to India from 23 to 25 May 2018 on a working visit and trade mission. Mr Rutte will meet with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to discuss the strategic relationship between the Netherlands and India and the scope for deepening political and economic cooperation.

The accompanying business delegation will be led by Hans de Boer, President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). The delegation will include representatives of businesses and knowledge institutions in the sectors water, logistics and maritime services, agri-food, horticulture, high-tech and IT, life sciences and health, and smart cities. The Indian prime minister will receive the business delegation in Delhi and Bangalore. Several of the ministers will head smaller missions to other cities.

The Indian economy is developing fast, with an average economic growth of more than 7%. India’s population is young and increasingly well-educated, with a rapidly growing middle class. In recent years the Indian government has launched projects relating to sustainability, liveable cities and port infrastructure. Measures are also being introduced at a fast pace to improve the business and investment climate in India. The opportunities that this opens up for Dutch businesses will be explored further during the trade mission.