Nepal Netherlands Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Nepal and the Netherlands established diplomatic relations on 2 April 1960. The Nepalese Embassy in Belgium is concurrently accredited to the Netherlands and the Dutch Embassy in New Delhi is accredited to Nepal. Nepal and the Netherlands enjoy friendly, cordial and cooperative bilateral relations at both the Government and people-to-people levels.

High-Level Contacts

Exchange of visits at high levels has contributed to the growth of bilateral relations between the two countries. Late King Mahendra paid a state visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on April 25, 1967.  The then Crown Prince Dipendra paid an official visit to the Netherlands in June 1998 at the invitation of HRH Prince of Orange. From the Netherlands’ side, His late Royal Highness Prince Bernhard paid an official visit to Nepal on 26 January 1973. He paid unofficial visits to Nepal in April 1975 and again in October –November 1977. He was also on a friendly visit to Nepal from 25-29 January 1986.

His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander, the then HRH the Prince of Orange, paid an official visit to Nepal from 21-25 January 1997. The former Development Cooperation Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Johannes P. PRONK, visited Nepal from 4-8 August 1996.

Development Cooperation

The Dutch economic cooperation to Nepal started in 1976. Currently, much of its development support to Nepal is channeled through the multilateral entities such as the UN and EU. Besides, a significant amount of cooperation is provided through various Dutch NGOs and INGOs. The focus of Dutch development cooperation to Nepal is in the areas of health, environment, disaster preparedness and relief, decentralized local governance, bio-diversity and renewable energy.

The Netherlands Government has been providing some fellowships annually to Nepalese scholars to pursue higher studies and trainings in the Netherlands with a duration ranging from 3 to 18 months. This cooperation has contributed significantly in enhancing the skills and knowledge of mid-level Nepalese government officials in the areas of development, administration, local governance, and water management.

Trade and Investment

The following table shows the status of Nepal’s trade with the Netherlands during the last few years:

 Value in NRS

Year Export Import Balance
2012 357,825,491 1,106,572,945 -748,747,454
2013 422,598,463 1,285,822,505 -863,224,042
2014 491,501,355 1,404,766,600 -913,265,245
2015 496,519,131 1,343,237,184 -846,718,053
2016 439,016,446 1,721,261,292 -1,282,244,846

(Source: TEPC, Nepal)

Some industries in the areas of hotel, security service and tissue culture have been operating in Nepal under Nepal Netherlands joint venture. As of July 2015, a total of 37 joint ventures were established in Nepal with the Dutch investment of Rs. 604 million which helped to create 3,113 jobs.

Tourism

Nepal remains a popular destination among Dutch tourists, especially in trekking and mountaineering sectors. The following is the data on tourist arrival from the Netherlands for the last few years:

Year                           Tourists
2010 13,471
2011 16,836
2012 15,445
2013 10,516
2014 12,320
2015 7, 515
Bhutanese Refugees

The Netherlands is one of the seven Core Group countries taking the initiative on the third country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees. A number of Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the Netherlands.