Zuid-Holland's successful trade mission to China completed




The Zuid-Holland trade mission to China was completed successfully on Friday 18 May with a meeting of Regional Ministers Bom-Lemstra and Baljeu and their fellow-dignitaries of the Hebei province.

This happened at the Langfang Trade Fair in Beijing where earlier this week, the Zuid-Holland pavilion was opened during a festive ceremony. The trade fair is the main international business trade fair for the Hebei Province (80 million inhabitants). The pavilion presents the best that Zuid-Holland has to offer to Chinese investors and companies.

New Super City

During the trade mission, Bom-Lemstra and Baljeu, accompanied by approximately 50 companies and knowledge institutions from Zuid-Holland, visited a large number of locations in the Hebei province. Aldermen Abee of Lansingerland and Van Velzen also took part in the trade mission. The main focus was on the visit to the construction site for the new super city Xiongan, 100 kilometres to the southeast of overcrowded Beijing. The Regional Ministers and the Zuid-Holland participants in the trade mission formed the first foreign trade delegation to be guided around the location to be developed. The Zuid-Holland trade mission members have offered to provide knowledge and expertise in the field of sustainable urban development, water management and the organization of food supplies.

World Expo 2019

A visit to the future World Expo 2019 Beijing exhibition grounds, where the Universal Horticulture Exhibition will be organized, was on the agenda as well. It is an area of 503 hectares, currently being made ready for construction. Adri Bom-Lemstra and Greenport-companies have agreed that the Zuid-Holland Greenport will be there next year as well. Agreements have been made with the council of Yanqing, a district of Beijing that promotes itself as ‘the most liveable part of Beijing’, to contribute to the establishment of a demonstration centre 2.0 in Yanqing, to promote the development of sustainable horticulture.

Deltares Agreement

With the support of the Province of Zuid-Holland and in the presence of Jeannette Baljeu, Deltares signed an agreement in China with the Taolinkou Reservoir Authority and the Water Resources Research Institute of the Hebei province. A monitoring system will enable better predictions to prevent flooding and help optimise the water management of the Taolinkou reservoir and system. Baljeu also brought companies in the field of sustainable urban development in contact with Qinghuangdao, the city where the Chinese wall starts and the beaches for China's top leaders are located.