Netherlands looking to make trade sustainable with Sri Lanka | Daily News

Netherlands looking to make trade sustainable with Sri Lanka

Europeans have to pay more for products :
Ambassador Tanja Gonggrijp
Ambassador Tanja Gonggrijp

Dutch Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tanja Gonggrijp acknowledged that due to the global reserve scenario it fell upon the Europeans to pay more and impose additional regulations to make trade more sustainable and beneficial for both parties.

Gonggrijp identified Sri Lanka as a forerunner for the increase in organic and other sustainability-based trade sourcing relationships. Gonggrijp was speaking on January 25 on the webinar titled ‘Creating New Connections and Supporting Sustainable Trade and Investment between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka’ which was part of the celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Gonggrijp noted that it was government policy to make sure the price paid by Dutch consumers entailed the real costs of production. This entailed making sure that production processes were sustainable, that the producer was adequately compensated, and that international norms were followed.

There will be upcoming changes to policy for the importation of certain items to Europe. Dutch companies will be receiving incentives from the Dutch government for the expansion of trade relations with certain exposure for agricultural produce sourcing. A follow-up event shall take place on February 15 exploring the advent of organic farming.


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