Rutte urges euro crisis solution in Davos

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has concluded his two-day visit to the World Ecomomic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos with a call to tackle the eurozone debt crisis.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Rutte attended an informal G20 dinner in the Mexican pavilion, according to Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad. “These were preliminary consultations we often join as non-members,” the paper quotes the PM as saying. Mr Rutte refused to reveal which subjects had been discussed at the meeting but did mention the issues he had raised himself: “Tackling the debt crisis, stimulating micro credits in developing countries, turning climate problems into growth opportunities.”

The prime minister said he had refrained from tabling sensitive issues such as the World Trade Organisation talks. The prime minister said he had many meetings with business leaders. A group of ten Silicon Valley internet entrepreneurs stressed, he said, “how important the Netherlands is as an internet hub for Europe, thanks to our large broadband network.” He also warned, however, that “our lead could become a lag” if companies stop making the necessary investments.

McKinsey head Dominic Barton praised Dutch companies such as Unilever, DSM and Rabobank for focussing their core activities on third world problems. “I don’t believe in painting a school on Saturday,” Mr Rutte explained, “but I do believe in the idea that a food company applies  its food knowledge. According to McKinsey, that is a potential for growth.” Davos, the PM concluded, “helps me shape our growth agenda.”


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