NEW DELHI: From partnership with Telangana on agribusiness to building dredgers under ‘Make in India’ with Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), India and Netherlands on Friday signed several agreements during Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to the country. In his opening media statement after talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the agreement on manufacturing of dredgers at the CSL as a welcome step in efforts to develop the country’s shipyards.
The CSL and Dutch Shipbuilder Royal IHC would jointly build dredgers and engage in transfer of technology from the IHC to CSL.
Kerala also figured for a second time with the signing of an MoU to establish a centre of excellence for vegetables and flowers at Thiruvananthapuram under the Indo-Dutch Action Plan, which would involve Dutch technical expertise for training field officers and transfer of technology.
An MoU was also signed between the Government of Telangana and Wageningen University for a knowledge partnership and collaborative research for developing food and agribusiness sector in priority areas such as cold chain infrastructure and livestock and horticulture production system.
Modi noted that both sides have agreed to benefit from closer bilateral and multilateral collaboration, including in areas such as countering terrorism and extremism, defence, maritime security and cyber security.
Both sides have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, which would hold its first meeting on June 19.