The Province of Zuid-Holland (PZH) and the Municipality of Rotterdam have built a pavilion at the China Flower EXPO 2021 in Shanghai, at the invitation of the Shanghai sub-municipality of Chongming because of the longstanding sister relationship between Shanghai and Rotterdam
The 10th China Flower Expo with the theme “Blossoming Chinese dream” will be held on Chongming Island, Shanghai, China from the 21st of May until the 2nd of July 2021. The China Flower EXPO is the largest and most influential national flower event in China. The organisation expects to receive three million visitors during the Expo.
Zuid-Holland province maintains a government-to-government relationship with the province of Hebei, China, that is explicitly aimed at facilitating mutual business-to-business relationships. The relationship started in 1993 and turned into an official friendship relationship in 2007 by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The latest MoU was signed for the period 2016-2020 and focused in particular on water management and the environment, sustainable development, agriculture and horticulture, new energy and education.
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.