Dutch Prime Minister begins official visit to Vietnam

Tuesday, 2019-04-09 09:32:33
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Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
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NDO - Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte began an official visit to Vietnam on April 9 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He is accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen; Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Marjolijn Sonnema; State Secretary for Finance Menno Snel; and President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers Hans de Boer.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte was born on February 14, 1967, in The Hague. He graduated from the history department of Leiden University in 1992. From 1988 to 1991, Rutte was the Chair of the youth organisation of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1993 to 1997, he was a member of the national board of the VVD.

He worked as a human resources manager of Unilever from 1992 to 1997 and then became personnel manager at Van den Bergh Nederland (Calvé), part of Unilever, from 1997 to 2002. In 2002 he was appointed director of human resources at the IGLOMora Group BV, a Unilever subsidiary.

From 2002 to 2004, he was State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment. From 2004 to 2006, he was State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science. From 2006 to 2010, he took on the role as leader of the VVD parliamentary party.

From 2010 to 2012, he held the position of Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the Rutte-Verhagen government and took the post for the second cabinet in the Rutte-Asscher government from 2012 to 2017. In October 2017 he was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the third Rutte government.