With the first bags of conflict-free tin leaving the mine in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 24 October the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI) has officially started. This marks the beginning of the flow of minerals through a controlled supply chain outside the reach of armed groups.
The Netherlands is discussing closer cooperation with Egypt in such areas as good governance and the rule of law. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal recently held talks on the subject with his colleague Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo.
At the annual meeting of the World Bank in Tokyo, international cooperation minister Ben Knapen has welcomed moves to modernise the Bank under its new president Jim Yong Kim.
The world has a growing number of mouths to feed and people are eating more and more meat and dairy products. Knowledge and innovation are needed to boost food production and make it more sustainable, at home and in developing countries. So over the next four years, the Netherlands will be investing 112 million euros in international agricultural research.
‘I am impressed to see how FrieslandCampina has worked successfully with local farmers to increase the production of fresh milk in Vietnam. Locally produced fresh milk now makes up 19% of national milk production,’ international cooperation minister Ben Knapen said yesterday after visiting a model farm and a milk processing plant in southern Vietnam. Both are owned and managed by FrieslandCampina.
‘The demand for sustainable and safe food is growing in Vietnam and the spending power for such products has increased. This creates opportunities for Vietnamese farmers and Dutch entrepreneurs, who are internationally renowned for their expertise in sustainable agricultural methods,’ development cooperation minister Ben Knapen said on Tuesday after visiting a sustainable vegetable producer near the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal had talks today in Beijing with Jia Qinglin, chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference and the fourth-ranking member of the Chinese hierarchy.
This month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will move its corporate website, Minbuza.nl, to the central government website, Rijksoverheid.nl. The English-language pages will migrate to Government.nl.
International cooperation minister Ben Knapen will visit Vietnam from 9 to 11 October, to observe how the country is making the transition from development cooperation to relationships of mutual benefit.
‘Official development assistance makes up no more than 15% of the total financial flows to developing countries. It’s important to see if we can ensure that other 80-85% is spent sustainably and with regard for corporate social responsibility.’ This was the message from the Minister for European Affairs and International Affairs, Ben Knapen, in the parliamentary debate Thursday on EU development cooperation after 2015.