India and the Netherlands have announced the launch of the strategic partnership on water to further intensify ongoing cooperation and better coherence in the sector.
Addressing the media after the India – Netherlands Virtual Summit held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Netherlands counterpart Mark Rutte, Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry Sandeep Chakravorty said that both the leaders have agreed to elevate the joint working group on water to a Ministerial Level.
They also discussed to broaden bilateral cooperation in new areas of water including water budgeting, cost effective decentralise treatment technology, converting waste water to energy and river hazard management. He said, both sides have announced the setting up of fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade and to resolve issues of Dutch and Indian companies.
Mr Chakravorty said that the two countries also discussed collaboration in the field of agriculture, Urban Development and Space. During the Summit, Prime Minister Modi suggested setting up of a joint working group for the cooperation between the two nations in the field of millets. On regional and global issues, the two leaders reaffirmed the commitment to multilateralism and agreed to work together towards challenges of climate change, counter-terrorism and Sustainable Development Goal and pandemic.