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Netherlands offers cooperation in energy sector

The Netherlands is an advanced economy and has the technology and expertise to cooperate with Pakistan in solar, wind, coal and biomass energy to mitigate its energy woes, Robert Dresen, first secretary / head economic affairs of The Netherlands Embassy, said.

Talking to business leaders, he said, The Netherlands is among the top 20 economies of the world with GDP of $820 billion, while Pakistan is emerging as a huge consumer market and The Netherlands wants to cooperate with Pakistan in power generation, energy conservation, shipping, ports development, water purification, dairy farming, agriculture, etc, to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Located at the gateway to the European Union, which is the world’s largest single market, The Netherlands is a global hub for innovation and high tech value-added products, Dresen said, adding that Pakistan can reap rich economic benefits by improving collaboration in the areas of mutual interests.

The Netherlands has access to limited arable land but due to advanced technology and best practices, it is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, he said.

Pakistan can achieve phenomenal results in its agriculture productivity by having close cooperation with The Netherlands, Dresen said, adding that The Netherlands has special technology and expertise in desilting of dams and Dutch companies could help Pakistan desilt Tarbela and Mangla dams, which will help improve the energy supply.

Pakistan could also benefit from the Dutch private sector investment programme aimed at stimulating growth and creating jobs in the emerging markets, he added.

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