The Netherlands ambassador to Qatar Marjan Kamstra has hailed the excellent bilateral relations between Qatar and the Netherlands and the co-operation in various fields, including humanitarian aid, the fight against terrorism, and strengthening of the international rules-based order.
In her statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) ahead of the Qatar National Day, she said that Qatar has made notable progress on multiple fronts, and one example is Qatar's comprehensive labour reforms, adding that Netherlands is committed to continue its collaboration with Qatar and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to ensure the full implementation of labour reforms.
She also noted His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's announcement that Qatar plans to hold its first Shura Council elections in October 2021."The Shura Council election offers great possibilities to enhance parliamentary diversification and citizen participation for the benefit of the people of Qatar.
The Netherlands welcomes this announcement and expressed our readiness to share our expertise with the Election Committee," she said.
She pointed out that her embassy is active in both the political and economic realm, and working closely with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs on various projects in light of the technical agreement with the ILO.
She added that at the same time, many Dutch companies are contributing to Qatar National Vision 2030 in energy, food security, healthcare and sports, pointing out that major events such as the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Horticulture Expo 2023 provide opportunities to broaden and deepen economic ties.
She congratulated HH the Amir and all Qatari people on the occasion of the National Day, saying it is a day to celebrate the Qatari people's determination, resilience and innovative spirit.
It is also a day to reflect on the efforts of previous generations and to look forward to a future characterised by prosperity, unity and solidarity, she added.
She stressed that the Dutch government echoes Qatar's commitment to an international rules-based order, pointing out that Netherlands at all times promotes the crucial importance of multilateral co-operation in order to realise peace, justice and sustainable development.
Qatar shares the conviction that international co-operation within the multilateral framework is key to addressing shared global challenges, she noted. She also spoke about the efforts of Qatar and the Netherlands to contain the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the pandemic illustrates the importance of collective effort and solidarity in order to contain the virus, adding that Qatar and the Netherlands both aim to strike a balance in safeguarding people's health, while simultaneously limiting the adverse impact the virus has on the economy.
She stated that the "virus does not respect national borders, which makes it all the more important to maintain global solidarity in our efforts to tackle it." She pointed out that the Netherlands attaches great importance to humanitarian aid and international co-operation, and it is encouraging to see that Qatar has remained committed in its support to multilateral organisations throughout the pandemic with generous humanitarian contributions, adding that both Qatar and the Netherlands have supported international efforts to accelerate the development of a vaccine.
She clarified that even during the coronavirus pandemic, the Netherlands and Qatar continue their co-operation in new and innovative ways, adding that they organised a virtual training programme on strengthening employee participation within Joint Committees in collaboration with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, the ILO, Dutch experts, and the Qatari private sector.
Further, they held a virtual dialogue on food, energy and water with postgraduate students of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University where Dutch and Qatari businesses and knowledge institutes were brought together for a discussion on food security.
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