THE HAGUE – Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte says that South Africa has all the right things in place to tackle its challenges and will be visiting the country later this month on what is the biggest trade mission to South Africa in Holland’s history.
More than 65 Dutch companies will accompany Rutte – who was last here in 2002 as an executive of a Unilever subsidiary – with a view to signing business-to-business agreements with local counterparts. Holland’s Minister of Agriculture, Sharon Dijksma, will also join him.
The trip will focus on a range of sectors including transport and logistics, water, agrifood, healthcare and energy – areas in which Dutch companies see opportunity in South Africa, Rutte said.
Speaking to South African journalists visiting the Netherlands last week, Rutte said the country would like to link very closely with the economic ambitions of the South African government.