Province of Zuid-Holland China activities year review
The principle of the China activity of Province of Zuid-Holland is to provide necessary governmental support to Dutch companies, knowledge institutes and organizations in order to assist them to reach their goals in China. Thanks to the participation and contribution from both Chinese and Dutch counterparts, Province of Zuid-Holland looks back on a very successful year with regard to our China activities. 2017 has been a remarkable year for the friendship relation between the Province of Zuid-Holland and China.
The highlight of 2017 was the celebration of the 10th anniversary friendship relation between Province of Zuid-Holland and Hebei Province. Two provinces celebrated the 10th anniversary in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province in June and in The Hague in September. In June’s visit, King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit had a courtesy call with the Governor of Hebei, Mr. Xu Qin. Two governors witnessed the signing of the Agri-horticulture MOU between two provinces. Besides the governmental relation, a dozen business intentions and contracts have been made and signed during this visit. Province of Zuid-Holland will follow the developments closely and will stimulate these business initiatives from the governmental perspective. In September, as part of the celebration of the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial-level diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and China, a Dutch Sino Sistercity Conference has been organized by the Association Netherlands – China (VNC). As one of the co-organizers, Province of Zuid-Holland received over 400 guests coming from 22 Chinese delegations and 18 Dutch delegations in The Hague. Both Hebei Province and Shanghai Pudong New Area, two active relations of Zuid-Holland Province in China sent representatives to join the event. Province of Zuid-Holland believes the success of local governmental relationships between China and the Netherlands will lead to a sustainable bilateral relationship, and two countries will obtain a brighter future through our mutual effort. Since this will be the last Province of Zuid-Holland China newsletter in 2017, on behalf of the EU-International Affairs Team at Province of Zuid-Holland, and the China service desk of the Province, we are grateful to all Dutch and Chinese stakeholders for our cooperation this year, and we are ready to offer you more business opportunities in Hebei Province, Shanghai and the rest of China in 2018!