Bangladesh and the Netherlands have agreed for early implementation of the three instruments signed between the two countries during the twin ministerial visits from the Netherlands to Bangladesh in June this year.
The agreements were on partnership for knowledge and innovation for sustainable development, Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and the collaboration in the field of land reclamation and land accretion in Bangladesh, UNB reports.
Both the countries also agreed to intensify and broaden technical cooperation in the areas of water sector development, infrastructure and logistics, including port development, blue economy, textile and RMG, agriculture, leather and leather goods, ICT, private sector development, capacity building in Bangladesh's judicial sector etc.
The issues were discussed at the first-ever Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Bangladesh and the Netherlands held in The Hague on Thursday, said a Foreign Ministry media release on Saturday.
The Bangladesh delegation was led by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque while Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Renée Jones-Bos led the Dutch delegation.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal and other senior officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Bangladesh, The Hague assisted Foreign Secretary during the consultation.
During the consultation, the whole gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries was discussed at length and noted that Bangladesh-the Netherlands relations steered to a new height with the successful completion of first-ever FOC.
Appreciating Bangladesh's exemplary achievements in the spheres of socio-economic developments, the Netherlands expressed their keenness to work with Bangladesh towards harnessing their mutual potential to its entirety.
The Netherlands assured Bangladesh of focusing on capacity development of important sectors to facilitate Bangladesh becoming a middle-income country by 2021.
Both sides also agreed to closely cooperate on multilateral and global issues including on climate change and post-2015 development agenda.
The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary briefed his Dutch counterpart on recent developments in the RMG sector, ongoing efforts to bring greater connectivity in the South Asia region and beyond and migration by sea in the Indian Ocean.
The Dutch Secretary-General briefed the Bangladesh delegation about the emerging situation of migration in Europe and the Netherlands assumption of the Presidency of the European Union in 2016.
Both the countries while expressing their utmost satisfaction at the already existing excellent relations, agreed to significantly broaden their cooperation in the areas like water, agriculture, education, fisheries, knowledge sharing, innovation and creative culture.
Besides their efforts to increase trade and investment, the Netherlands agreed to partner in innovations to help Bangladesh move ahead along the value chains in sectors like RMG, textile, agriculture, jute and fisheries.
Bangladesh also requested the Netherlands for increasing the scholarships for students from Bangladesh significantly and the Netherlands assured to consider this request with due earnest.
On the same day, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary met the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen in the afternoon and Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor to the Dutch Prime Minister Jack Twiss Quarles van Ufford, and discussed with them the issues of mutual interests.