“Dutch FDI inflow into India will keep increasing”
H.E. ALPHONSUS STOELINGA AMBASSADOR OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS TO INDIA
The Netherlands and India have historical relations going back to the early 15th century. At present, the Netherlands is the fifth largest investor of FDI into India, accounting for 6 per cent of total inflows into India in the last 15 years. In 2015, Prime Minister Rutte led a delegation of over 80 companies and 20 CEOs of large Dutch corporations. There is a road map for cooperation in infrastructure, water management, agriculture, Smart Cities and renewable energy. Evidently it is a two-way street of cooperation and business—over 174 Indian companies currently have a presence in the Netherlands. This European nation is home to about 220,000 Indian and Surinami Hindustani diaspora, one that helps strengthen linkages between the two nations. Overall, relations between India and The Netherlands seem to be on a high. In this promising scenario, to get more of an essence on this ever-expanding and significant bilateral relations, India Empire’s Editor Sayantan Chakravarty caught up with H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to India.