In presence of the Deputy Mayor of The Hague, the Netherlands, Ms. Saskia Bruines , the Karnataka Hague Innovation Corridor MoU was signed with the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka for collaboration in fields of Health, Cybersecurity, Agri-tech and Peace & Justice. The MoU, which is renewal of earlier MoU signed in 2016, will focus on identifying partnerships for tech innovation facilitation, startup exchanges and nurturing talent on both sides.
Speaking on the occasion Ms. Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of The Hague said: “The Hague believes in close international cooperation between government, science and industry. In our region, we are fortunate to have such close cooperation: top universities, tech hubs, economic top sectors, including Indian companies like HCL and Tech Mahindra, and a government that promotes regional cooperation. And now we are proud to underpin this by signing the MoU with the State of Karnataka”.
Consul-General of The Netherlands, Gert Heijkoop said “Bengaluru Tech Summit is a great platform for the Hague and the State of Karnataka to renew their MoU. This partnership has been already ongoing for a few years now in areas such as Cyber Security, Healthcare & Start-ups and this year we have added agri-tech as one of the themes. The two sides have strengths in similar areas such as digital technologies; start-up ecosystems and we see a lot of potential in connecting these ecosystems to work together on joint innovative solutions. Soft-landing programme between the Hague Business Agency & HCL is one of the first steps towards creating joint market access programmes, in collaboration with the Department of IT, BT. We look forward to scale up our ongoing cooperation with the help of platforms like BTS”.
Shri Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT & BT said that “We are indeed delighted to see our relationship with The Hague, which started in IT BIZ during 2016, deepen further at Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019. Parties of today’s cooperation shall further our mutually beneficial relationship in the fields of Health, Cybersecurity, Agri-tech and Peace & Justice we as we move forward.”
Government of Karnataka had signed an MoU with The City of The Hague, during ITBIZ in November 2016. Since then there have been multiple delegation visits from both the sides. Today’s MoU renewal is a result of efforts from both the sides to set up an ecosystem for both the parties to promote innovation.
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