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Dutch Central Bank apologizes for its role in the slave trade

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Amsterdam — Friday's Central Bank of the Netherlands (DNB) apologizes for its role in the 19th century slave trade and states that it will fund projects that raise awareness of slavery and still mitigate its impact on people. rice field.

"On behalf of DNB, I apologize today to all those who have turned skin tones due to the personal choice of my predecessor," Central Bank Governor Klaas Knot commemorates the abolition.

DNB has up to 10 million over the next decade on education and health projects that may mitigate the lasting effects of slavery. He said he was aiming to spend the euro.

He also said that he would adapt his approach to recruitment and promotion to make his staff more diversified.

The Dutch were engaged in global slavery from the 17th century until it was abolished.

According to data from the Dutch state, the Dutch West India Company operated a ship estimated to have traded about 600,000 slaves.

According to this year's survey, most of DNB's early private investors owned plantations in enslaved Caribbean and South American overseas colonies and funded these plantations. Was provided. Or trade in products produced there such as sugar, coffee, cotton and tobacco.

Also, when DNB directors actively opposed the abolition of slavery and the Netherlands finally abolished slavery in 1863, three of the six DNB directors themselves He also indicated that he had received compensation.

In April, Dutch bank ABN Amro apologized for its predecessor's involvement in the trading of slavery, plantation slavery, and products originating from slavery as well. (Report by Bart Meijer, edited by Angus MacSwan)