MUMBAI: A strategic partnership has been inked between Mumbai and Amsterdam to develop ample business opportunities, mainly between the ports of both the cities.
The collaboration has taken place at a session, Mumbai-Amsterdam: Smart Metropolitan Service Hubs, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Eberhand van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam, said, “The two Metropolitan Hubs of Mumbai and Amsterdam have much in common. Both have an airport and a seaport, strong business service industry, a very good creative sector and both are highly competitive in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry. Both are of global significance that reaches well beyond the regional borders and thus have a lot to share and grow mutually.”
L Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, along with logistics players spoke about the ports in India and how their competitiveness, efficiency can be boosted similar to the port of Amsterdam.
L Radhakrishnan, said, “In our case corporatisation would be one of the ways in which we can have more autonomy. We have a lot of productive assets with which we will be able to connect to businesses. Autonomy will help us borrow from the market and increase profitability, just like Port of Amsterdam.”
Reports suggest that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Port of Amsterdam and Samsara Group, an India-based shipping agency, to identify the opportunities that will be beneficial for both the cities.