The Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte has pledged that the country will continue to assist Nigeria for an increase in agricultural productivity especially horticulture, seed, and sustainable palm oil production.
He made the pledge during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, in Abuja, to discuss bilateral relations and agree that Nigeria and the Netherlands would continue to work together to improve bilateral trade volumes as well as private sector investments.
In the communiqué signed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Netherlands, Oji Ngofa and the Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Abuja, Ewout-Jan de Wit, it said, “Netherlands welcome the steps that have been made to increase bilateral economic cooperation and are happy to see higher levels of bilateral trade volumes as well as private sector investments.
‘‘The contribution of Dutch private businesses, both global players and small, micro and medium enterprises, to the Nigerian economy is duly noted.
‘‘Investments by the Netherlands Investment Bank FMO and the Dutch Good Growth Fund are contributing to better access to finance and energy for the private sector.
‘‘The Netherlands will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, in particular women and girls, in order to mitigate the impact of insecurity and displacement,’’ the communiqué said.