The influence of the Netherlands as a country is decreasing due to the emergence of new actors on the world stage. The Netherlands is a small country in size, but is a relevant economic power with a broad international network. Sustainable, inclusive growth is in the country’s own interests and in the interests of others. Relations with low- and middle-income countries are on a more equal footing now that an increasing number are not only recipients of aid but also trading partners.

This context calls for a new aid, trade and investment agenda. In this SID lecture, Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen will share her ideas on how the Netherlands can anticipate and respond to the changing patterns in international relations.

Dr Lilianne Ploumen is Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. She was Director of Mama Cash for five years and from 2001 till 2007 she worked at Cordaid among others as Director International Programs. She was Chair of the Labour Party (PvdA) for five years before she was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in November 2012.

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