17 June was the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, honoured by United Nations. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the presences of desertification and drought. The King’s Commissioner of Zuid Holland his excellency Jaap Smit was asked by Elion to provide a speech at the Kubuqi virtual conference.
Zuid-Holland Province supports regional companies and knowledge institutions in doing business in China. Especially with Hebei province we have a long-standing sister relationship that creates added value for both our regions.
The global pandemic of coronavirus highly restricted international travelling, but it cannot stop international cooperation. Province of Zuid-Holland still kept close coordination with Chinese sister province Hebei in the last a few months. When the virus heavily broke out in China in February, King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit sent a letter to Xu Qin, Governor of Hebei to express the sincerest sympathy from the Netherlands. In order to support Zuid-Holland, Hebei Red Cross delivered a few boxes surgical masks and protection suits to The Hague recently.
On 16 May, CAU Futong, the commercial service platform under China Agriculture University organized a webinar about urban agriculture and horticultural technology with international speakers and global audiences. Urban agriculture and horticultural technology seminar is an annual event that CAU Futong organized in Beijing since 2010. Because of the coronavirus, traveling is highly restricted. With this concern, Futong organized his first webinar about urban agriculture and horticultural technology.
On January 24th, the last day of the Chinese year of the Pig, Zuid-Holland Province hosted a meeting to celebrate the new year of the Rat, look back at the Zuid-Holland mission to China in November 2019 and look forward to the China activities in 2020.
The King's Commissioner Jaap Smit and Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra are in China from 17 to 22 November inclusive. Together with representatives of 30 businesses from Zuid-Holland they will focus on sustainable development and modernisation of agriculture and horticulture during their trade mission.
In the afternoon of 18 October, Ms Adri Bom-Lemstra, Vice-governor of Province of Zuid-Holland and Mr Jean-Christophe Spapens, Head of the Unit European and International affairs, received Mr. Shi, Vice-governor of Hebei and his delegation at the World Horti Center.
On October 12th, 2019, Ms. Fokje Lamboo and Mr. Etwin Grootscholten, two Senior Policy Officials at Province of Zuid-Holland, received Mr. Zhang Xiaosheng, Director of Cooperation and Exchange Office in Beijing Agricultural Bureau and his delegation in The Hague.
On September 16, Guangdong and Hunan Provincial Department of Circular Economy, Guangdong Circular Economy Association delegation visited BlueCity in Rotterdam. The delegation is received by Fokje Lamboo, Senior Policy Advisor of PZH. (Provincie Zuid-Holland) Together with Province of Zuid Holland, Superuse Studio, DCMR and ACCEZ (Accelerating Circular Economy Zuid-Holland) hosted a industrial green development symposium. This was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences about circular economy development as well as addressing the challenges and opportunities
On September 13th, 2019, Ms. Marga van de Luijtgaarden, Senior Policy Official at Province of Zuid-Holland, received Mr. Liu Xiaotao, Deputy Director of Department of Natural Resources Utilization of Shanghai government and his delegation in the provincial building in The Hague.