Generating business opportunities in China is challenging, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. To support Zuid-Holland organizations and bridge the gap between China and the Netherlands, the Province of Zuid-Holland will organize an online trade mission between the 29th of November and the 2nd of December together with co-organizers such as Hebei Foreign Affairs Office, InnovationQuarter, Beijing Agriculture Bureau, CAU Futong, Chongming government and Shanghai Bright Food.
The pandemic still greatly restricts international business exchanges. However, new type of events and new ways of doing business are set up, such as the Hybrid 2021 China Horticultural Matchmaking Conference, that was coordinated by DSBP, the China service desk of Zuid-Holland. The conference was a successful combination of online participation and two offline venues in Tomatoworld as well as in Dezhou, China.
Hosted by Provincie Zuid-Holland, Shanghai Bright Food Group and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, the hybrid conference “Applied Horticulture Knowledge for Green City Development” was successfully organized on 22 June.
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
Provincie Zuid-Holland, together with InnovationQuarter and Dutch Sino Business Promotions, successfully organized an online Chinese New Year’s reception on 25 February, one day before the Lantern Festival, the closure of the New Year Celebrations.
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.