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1 Chocoa Conference the Netherlands

The 5th edition of Chocoa will take place from February 22nd until 26th 2017 in Amsterdam Chocoa brings together stakeholders from the entire supply chain, from cocoa farmers to chocolate consumers with the objective of increasing the market for ‘good cocoa and better chocolate’.

2 15 maart 2017 Tweede Kamer Verkiezing Stemmen in drie stappen / 15 March 2017 Parliamentary Elections Voting from abroad in three steps

Registreer u voor 1 februari 2017 bij de gemeente Den Haag. Als u vanuit het buitenland uw stem wilt uitbrengen op één van de leden van de Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal op 15 maart 2017 moet u zich eerst registreren bij de gemeente Den Haag. Dit is verplicht, ook als u dit voor eerdere verkiezingen hebt gedaan. Hoe kunt u zich registreren?

3 Prince's Day (Prinsjesdag) in the Netherlands, the state opening of Parliament,

In the Netherlands, the state opening of Parliament, known as Prince's Day (Prinsjesdag), is on the third Tuesday in September. On Prince's Day the government announces its plans for the coming year. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander reads the Speech from the Throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. Afterwards, the Minister of Finance presents the briefcase containing the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum.

4 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

5 The Netherlands Helps Developing Countries Digitalize Trade

To foster cheaper and easier trade, the Netherlands is making an effective electronic certification tool for agricultural products available to all UN member states. This will facilitate the export of vegetables, fruit and flowers, particularly from developing countries. The Netherlands announced its offer during the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ( UNCTAD) in Nairobi. "Paperless trade is the future," said Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who attended the conference. "The new system known as ASYCER, has been developed by the Netherlands and has proven to be successful. Digitalization enables faster processing by the Customs, giving a tremendous boost to efficiency."

6 Aruba Conference On Public Private Partnerships

As the devastation caused by cyclone Winston has emphasized, the clock is ticking to secure a future for humanity and for our planet. The Paris climate deal was a historic step in the right direction, but we still have a long road ahead of us. Each country, no matter how small, can work towards a sustainable future. My country, Aruba, is one of the four countries that together make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Three out of the four countries of our Kingdom – Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten - are Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Although small in size, we have set ambitious aims for our future. Aruba, seeks to transition off fossil fuels by 2020. With this move we aim to become a fully sustainable, self-sufficient society. To achieve a sustainable society, close cooperation between the public and private sector is needed. Since 2009, under so-called public-private partnerships (PPP’s), Aruba has initiated a lot of sustainable projects in a variety of sectors such as renewable energy, infrastructure and logistics leading to a higher level of sustainable development. These have included the building of a windmill park, the roadway Green Corridor, the expansion of the hospital and the building of a complete new container harbour. I strongly believe PPP’s are crucial instruments towards a sunnier future for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

7 News for visa applicants for Dutch Caribbean

As from 1st January 2016, the Honorary Consulates in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia will no longer process visa applications for the Dutch Caribbean territories.

8 Ambassador Presents Credentials to the President of Dominica

On Friday October 23rd, Jiles Gerrit Bijl presented his credentials to the His Excellency President of Dominica, Charles A. Savarin officially becoming Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Commonwealth of Dominica. President Savarin is sure that the relationship of the two countries will grow during the tenure of the new Ambassador. “I am confident that you will continue the good work of your predecessors to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation which exists between our countries. Dominica has had diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands for 35 of our 37 years of independence and the Government and people of Dominica and I look forward to the development of even closer ties as we continue the search for a better life for our peoples,” he said. Dominica has benefited from assistance which the Government of the Netherlands extends through the various envelopes of EU cooperation. Also, following Tropical Storm Erika, the Netherlands responded quickly to Dominica’s call.

9 Minister Ploumen calls for equitable economic growth

The world has seen a considerable reduction in extreme poverty since the turn of the century. Yet the gap between rich and poor has widened. Greater inequality prevents people from building a decent life, stunts economic growth and leads to conflict – on top of the violence that has already forced more than 60 million people worldwide to abandon their homes. In her policy agenda for 2016, Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen shows an even greater commitment to curbing the downward spiral. ‘Everyone must have equal opportunities,’ says Ms Ploumen. ‘Countries seek economic growth, but they should also make sure growth is equitable. With an approach combining aid, trade and investment, the Netherlands aims for economic growth that benefits everyone – in the Netherlands and elsewhere.’ The effects of increasing inequality are felt most keenly in developing countries. Too few people have benefited from the growth the world has seen in the past 20 years. ‘Countries have become wealthier, but many people haven’t benefited at all. If we are to help another billion people escape from poverty in the next 15 years, we will have to focus much more sharply on this issue.’ Dutch investment over the next few years in reducing extreme poverty and in state-building in fragile countries will also help reduce inequality. By entering into innovative partnerships with Dutch civil society organisations, Ms Ploumen wants to help people in developing countries stand up for their rights, promote women’s rights and devote more attention to the position of young people. She is also committed to tackling the exclusion of marginalised groups, such as disabled people, indigenous communities and gays and lesbians. Around €350 million will be earmarked for promoting inclusive economic growth. Partnerships with the business community play an important part. ‘Businesses possess expertise and networks which we should use. And they can create jobs for people from vulnerable groups,’ the Minister says.

10 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

On Budget Day King Willem-Alexander travels in the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof via Lange Voorhout in The Hague. On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives. King Willem-Alexander presides over the state opening of the Senate and the House of Representatives (the States General) on Budget Day. This entails reading the Speech from the Throne in the Hall of Knights. The speech contains the government’s main plans for the coming year. Later that day, the Minister of Finance presents the House of Representatives with an overview of the costs of the plans announced in the Speech from the Throne. He goes to the House of Representatives with the ceremonial briefcase, where he presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum. These state how much money the government is making available for its various plans for the coming year, and where it is coming from.