DUBAI: The UAE and Netherlands have discussed plans to increase trade between the pair, state news agency WAM reported.
Trade ministers from both countries agreed to strengthen their partnership as they try to bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They discussed plans to encourage more Emirati and Dutch companies to explore each other’s local markets.
“We look forward to strengthening ties between the two countries and exploring new opportunities for partnership during the coming period, as we will work to intensify visits and exchange of trade delegations between the two sides,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi said, noting Netherland’s participation at the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020.
The total non-oil foreign trade between the pair has reached more than $3 billion in 2020, the minister said.
Netherlands expressed its interest in helping the UAE, and the wide Gulf, to address the “increasing demand for sustainable energy and scarcity of fresh water.”