Bengaluru, 09 May: The Consulate General of The Netherlands in Bengaluru in association with WTC Bengaluru organized a session on “Exploring business opportunities with The Netherlands” today at the World Trade Center Bengaluru. The programme was inaugurated by the Netherlands Consul General in Bengaluru H.E. Gert Heijkoop along with Ms. Uma Reddy of WTC Bengaluru, Mr. Basavaraj Javali President of KASSIA, Ms. Stans Kleijnen Executive Director India at Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.
The Consul General while addressing said, “The opportunities for bilateral trade between India and Netherlands are in abundance and with UK moving out of the EU, Netherlands becomes the foremost country where English is widely spoken and hence becomes a good business destination for Indian companies in the European Union”. He added that “Though the country is 80 times smaller than India, it is ranked well in trade with India and the bilateral trade has been conducted for last 400 years i.e 1621 when they first landed in Cochin unseating the Portuguese”.
Along with the Consul General, various Members of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands spoke on multiple activities performed by the Netherlands consulate and supporting organizations such as the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Holland Innovation Network (HIN) and the Netherlands Education Support Office(NESO).
Facts and Figures
While the Netherlands also known as Holland is a very small country the facts and figures of the Kingdom have been enormous. Mr. Sujit Shyamanur, Senior Trade & Investment Officer provided a few facts about the country
- Ranked 5th most prosperous country
- 4th in Global Ease of doing business
- 5th largest exporter of goods
- 6th largest EU Economy
- Biggest exporter of agricultural and horticultural products
- Best in Water Technology
- Best places for working in the Creative industry
- Gas hub of Europe
- 5th in world logistics index
- 8th in the world for medical and biotech patents
Introduction of Allied Agencies of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the event
While various activities are executed directly under the consulate, there are some additional agencies attached to the Consulate who work on specific segments. Some of them who were introduced in the event were
Mr. Balaji Venkatraman spoke about Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) whose prime objectives are to promote Netherlands as an investment hub and as a destination for EU. NFAI assists Indian businesses in the areas of Company Setup, Provide customized support and Hand holding of organizations willing to explore and expand into Netherlands.
Ms. Akanksha Sharma spoke on the role of Holland Innovation Network (HIN) in inducing international cooperation between companies, knowledge institutes and governments in the fields of innovation, technology and science. HIN connect companies, institutions and the startup eco-systems between India and Netherlands to realize international ambitions.
Ms. Anwesha Majumder from the Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) spoke about bridging between India and Netherlands in the areas of Education. She described the work done with various students, pupils, teachers staffs, student associations, civic organizations, ministries, etc., to promote education in the Dutch country. NESO specifically caters to the needs of prospective Indian students who are planning to study abroad by providing credible and accurate information about studying in Holland.
The event also showcased SweepSmart, a Holland based Waste Management Company spoke about how they added value to the Bhruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in the areas of Solving Waste management problems in Bengaluru using European Waste Management Technology.
Mr. Bose K Nair, Vice President of WTC mentioned: “It has been a privilege to host the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands as part of the World Trade Center Bengaluru”. He also said “A World Trade Center is more than just a building or a firm. It brings together companies and organizations involved in national and international trade, it provides a wide package of services and stimulates the economy of the region where the World Trade Centers operates”