As part of the Amsterdam India Business journey, 13th-18th November 2016, A Dutch business delegation visited India to attract Indian businesses and knowledge institutions to the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. An over 20-member delegation visit Mumbai and Pune essentially to explore opportunities in business active sectors like agrifood, food processing, automotive and the creative industry. The delegation was led by the Minister of State of Noord-Holland, Mr. Jaap Bond.
Mr. Jaap Bond, feeling confident of a fruitful visit and a progressive future, feels – ‘The Netherlands and India have a special bond that goes back centuries. Today’s relationship between the Netherlands and India is driven by modern sectors such as ICT, the life sciences and logistics. Many major Dutch companies already have a successful and growing presence in India. Likewise, about 180 Indian companies are currently active in the Netherlands, over half of which are based in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. However, we see many opportunities to strengthen our ties even more. There is huge potential for Dutch businesses in India. As the delegation leader, I feel confident that this delegation – comprised of representatives of the Dutch business community, knowledge institutions and the local government – will bring our two countries even closer with even more economic and other opportunities for both. International talent is a key driver for attracting companies and investors. That makes attracting and retaining talent an important objective for us.’