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8th November, 2023 Economy


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Context: The Indian delegation, led by the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, attended the 2nd World Local Production Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Key Highlights

  • The 2nd World Local Production Forum aims to bring together approximately 800 high-level participants from various sectors, including government officials, international organizations, development partners, finance institutions, private sector representatives, civil society members, and academia.
    • This global event was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve access to medicines and health technologies.
  • The forum serves as a platform to address issues related to local production of medicines and healthcare technologies to enhance accessibility and affordability, which is crucial for global public health.
  • During the visit, the Indian delegation signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Netherlands regarding cooperation in the field of medical product regulation.
  • The delegation visited the European Medicines Agency, which plays a crucial role in regulating medicines in the European Union. This visit aims to foster ties and exchange information on regulatory practices and standards.
  • The delegation visited Eindhoven to participate in the Kannada Rajyotsava 2023 Celebrations organized by the Shrigandha Holland Kannada Balaga.
    • Kannada Rajyotsava is an annual celebration that commemorates the formation of the Indian state of Karnataka and it's celebrated with various cultural events and festivities.


  • The Netherlands is located in Northwestern Europe and has overseas territories in the Caribbean.
  • It shares land borders with Germany to the east and Belgium to the south.
    • It has a North Sea coastline to the north and west.
    • It also shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Belgium in the North Sea.
  • Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands.
  • Amsterdam is the country's most populous city and is often considered the nominal capital, although the official capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam.
  • It became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001, marking a significant milestone in LGBTQ+ rights.
  • It consistently ranks high in various international indices, including press freedom, economic freedom, human development, quality of life, and happiness.


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Q. Which of the following country share a land boundary with the Netherlands:

1. Germany

2. Belgium

3. France

4. Denmark

How many of the above code is/are correct?

A) Only one

B) Only two

C) Only three

D) All four

Answer:  B

Explanation: The Netherlands shares land boundaries with Germany and Belgium.