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Netherlands to advise Chile on water management and ports

Staff Writer | July 19, 2016
The Netherlands and Chile will join forces to combat both flooding and water shortages. They will also work together on expanding Chile’s ports and improving logistics.
Bert Koenders
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This was decided during foreign minister Bert Koenders’ visit to his Chilean counterpart Heraldo Muñoz.

The Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink, will visit Chile in August to develop an action plan. The two countries have a long coastline in common and a similar relationship with water.

"Dutch businesses are global leaders in the fields of water, port construction and logistics," Koenders said in Santiago de Chile. "And we are happy to share our experience with Chile."

Chile’s ports are experiencing a high and increasing volume of traffic. And the country is struggling with both flooding caused by heavy rainfall and water shortages in the agriculture sector.

The Netherlands has learned from its struggle against water and this knowledge puts it in an excellent position to advise on how water can be used to the best advantage. "There are plenty of opportunities here for Dutch businesses and knowledge institutions," Koenders said.