Chinese New Year celebration at Zuid-Holland Province

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. All participants to the mission were invited for the meeting, as well as all Provincial Parliament members and partner organisations.

The participants were welcomed by King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit. He reflected on the November mission. Several agreements were signed by InnovationQuarter and IGMPR.

Codema opened a branch office in China. The development of a Dutch style greenhouse agropark by Dutch Greenhouse Delta started with the unveiling of a memorial stone.

Agreements have been made both in Hebei and Shanghai to achieve a more effective working method, especially with regard to the development of Xiongan New Area. Zuid-Holland will nominate experts for the Hebei expert advisory board, an intersectoral partnership where usually only Chinese experts participate in.

With a larger role of China on the world stage, Jaap Smit stressed that keeping the dialogue with Chinese partners is important, preferably in connection with national and European partners.

Ingrid d’Hooghe, researcher at Clingendael Institute and lecturer at Leiden University, shared her insights with the audience. With her years of experience, she told the audience that China offers a lot of opportunities, but a solid preparation is crucial for success. Protect what can and should be protected, don’t be naïve and use the knowledge and experience of others.

Jean-Christophe Spapens shared the outline for the year plan 2020 with the audience. A large part of the activities will take place in the context of the 2 new Memoranda of Cooperation that will be signed with Hebei and Shanghai Pudong.

In these memoranda, Zuid-Holland wants to make agreements about the challenges that Chinese partners are facing and what Zuid-Holland can offer concretely.

Part of the Zuid-Holland strategy is supporting consortia and Dutch companies in China, working with partner organizations (for example RVO, IQ, Embassy) and attracting Chinese investors. With regard to cooperation with other governmental bodies, Zuid-Holland supports the Greening Cities mission of RVO. Emiel Mulder of RVO introduced the mission to the audience, which was at the time still planned in March 2020, but will be postponed till further notice.



国王专员雅普斯密特(Jaap Smit)首先欢迎了与会人员并就11月的访问进行了回顾。访问期间,荷兰创新中心和IGMPR等代表团企业与中方合作伙伴签署了几项协议,科迪马在中国开设了分公司,荷兰温室三角洲协会参与的荷兰式温室农业园也进行了纪念碑的揭幕仪式;另外,南荷兰省还与河北、上海方面达成协议以期实现更高效的合作机制,特别是雄安新区的发展方面。南荷兰省还将推选专家加入跨部门合作的河北专家顾问委员会,这种团队通常只有中国专家参与。雅普斯密特(Jaap Smit)还强调,随着中国在世界舞台上的角色日益重要,保持与中国伙伴的沟通非常关键,尤其是维持荷兰和欧洲范围内合作伙伴的联系。

荷兰国际关系研究所研究员、莱顿大学讲师,Ingrid d'Hooghe也分享了她的见解。凭借多年的经验,她表示,中国提供了很多机会,扎实的准备对于成功也至关重要。荷方应该站稳自己的立场保护该保护的方面,要有思想准备,但也要学会要利用他人的知识和经验。



南荷兰省政府战略的一部分是支持在中国的荷兰财团和公司,与合作组织(例如荷兰企业局,创新中心,大使馆)合作并吸引中国投资者。另外关于与其他政府机构的合作,南荷兰省政府支持荷兰企业局组织的“绿色城市”友好访问。荷兰企业局的艾米尔(Emiel Mulder)进行了详细介绍,当时还仍计划在2020年3月进行。