The Netherlands is located in north-western Europe. Its capital is Amsterdam, while the Dutch Government and Parliament are located in The Hague. The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy, with His Majesty King Williem – Alexander as head of state.
The Netherlands is host to seven international legal organisations: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the Iran US Claims Tribunal, and The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The International Criminal Court, and The Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The first six are situated in The Hague, as is the EU’s criminal intelligence agency, Europol. It is also host to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Zambia and the Netherlands enjoy warm and cordial relations which are traceable to the post independence era. In 1964, The Netherlands decided to open its Embassy and developed a strong bilateral cooperation with Zambia, not only out of solidarity but also in recognition of Zambia’s unique position as a beacon of stability in the region.
Economic cooperation between Zambia and the Netherlands has mainly been through General Budget Support mainly in the following sectors; health, and education. In addition, the Dutch Government has been supporting the agriculture sector through its facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) in low income countries, through the provision of financial resources for Agriculture infrastructure development.
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