The Netherlands will be one of the partner countries of the seventh edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, scheduled to be held in January 2015.
A senior official in the industries department said that The Netherlands has agreed to be the partner country for the 2015 Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The European country will be the third partner for the prestigious business event after Canada and Japan. Japan, it is worth mentioning here, has been the partner country to the event since 2009, while Canada was roped in as the partner country in 2011 and also in 2013.
The Netherlands is a very small country but is one of the leading producers of fruits and vegetables. It is also one of the largest exporters of agri-food products and is a key player in chemicals, energy, dairy, and other sectors.
“A partnership with The Netherlands can get Gujarat a lot of expertise in various sectors,” said an official, explaining the rationale behind having it as a partner country.
A senior official said that they plan to have one partner country from six continents, which will be symbolic of the size and reach of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Maheshwar Sahu, additional chief secretary of industries department, said that they have also written to Singapore, South Africa, Australia and some other countries inviting them to become partner countries for the 2015 Summit.
“We are reaching out to several countries for joining the coming edition of Vibrant Gujarat summit as partners. We are expecting positive response from many countries,” Sahu said.
Apart from The Netherlands, UK is another European country that has been invited by the government to be a partner country, which also signals the dramatic shift in the relations between the European country and Gujarat since the unofficial ban on chief minister Narendra Modi was lifted by the European Union in late 2012.
CM invites South Africa
A high-level delegation from South Africa, led by the country’s high commissioner FK Morule, visited CM Narendra Modi on Wednesday. The delegation welcomed Modi’s suggestion that South Africa should become the partner country of Vibrant Gujarat Summit. He also suggested that India and South Africa should celebrate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa in 2014. The South African diplomat said that his country was a leading producer of rough diamonds and India is the biggest polisher of diamonds. The delegation also visited the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.
2015 Vibrant Gujarat Summit may have Singapore, South Africa, Australia and some other countries as partners
Apart from The Netherlands, UK is another European country that has been invited by the government.