Cooperation between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in the water sector goes back half a century. We have worked together on flood managment, drainage, river basin management and coastal zone management - creating safe polders and making land available for the landless. And together with NGOs and the private sector we have improved access to safe water and sanitation for millions of people in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has an impressive track record for growth and development, and aspires to be a middle-income country within the next ten years.
So over the past few years the relationship between the Netherlands and Bangladesh has gradually evolved form a single focus on development cooperation to a stronger emphasis on trade and investment, creating opportunities for Dutch and Bangladesh companies to do business.