Netherlands Queen to visit India

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New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will pay a State Visit to India from October 24-27 for discussions with Indian leaders on several issues including ecology, water and micro-finance.

The Queen will be accompanied by the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxime Verhagen, and Minister of Economic Affairs, Mrs Van der Hoeven, will also accompany the Queen.

''After the official part on the first day, the visit will focus on three main sectors, ecology, water, micro-finance as well as synergy between these sectors. Economic developments in India and the possibilities for Netherlands businesses will also be an important focus of this visit,'' the Netherlands Embassy here said today.

On October 24, after her arrival, the Queen will meet senior government representatives and Leader of the opposition L K Advani.

She will participate in a round-table meeting with Netherlands CEO's.

President Pratibha Patil will host a state banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan in her honour.

On October 25, she will visit the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Deepalaya School where children receive instruction in health and hygiene.

In the afternoon, a seminar 'Water and micro-finance: Exploring Innovative Partnerships' will focus on synergy between water management and micro-finance. Thereafter the Queen will meet the Dutch nationals at the residence of the Ambassador of The Netherlands.

In the evening a concert of the Netherlands Ensemble for woodwind and brass instruments will be presented.

On October 26, the Queen will visit Bangalore and a training centre of the NGO 'Maryada'. She will also visit Srinivasnagar village in Bangalore where she will be informed how micro-finance can assist self help groups and Watershed Committees in improving conditions of the life of the local population, in particular through efficient water-management The same afternoon the Queen will host a reception for Dutch nationals.

On the last day of her tour, the Queen will visit the micro-finance organisation 'Ujivan' in Bangalore, an organisation fighting poverty on a commercial basis.

UNI

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