Province of Zuid-Holland 2019 Chinese New Year Message


Zuid-Holland wishes you a wonderful and successful Year of the Pig! According to the Chinese cultural tradition, Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life. Pigs are the symbol of wealth, and the China team of Zuid-Holland will help you to succeed in the Chinese market in 2019.

The start of a new year is also a good moment to reflect on the past year. 2018 has been a fruitful year for the China activities of Zuid-Holland Province. From the perspective of the governmental relations, we have maintained an excellent governmental friendship relation with Hebei Province. In April, the King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit joined the Annual Conference of Boao Forum for Asia. Province of Zuid-Holland was the only regional government outside Asia, which has been officially invited by the Secretariat of Boao to join this “Asian Davos”, with the valuable support of the Government of Hebei Province and the Chinese Embassy in The Hague.

In May 2018, Vice-governors Adri Bom-Lemstra and Jeannette Baljeu led a business delegation of 55 participants to join the Hebei (Langfang) International Trade Fair as the Guest Province with Honor. During this Trade Fair, our sister province prepared an impressive Zuid-Holland booth with a traditional windmill, the cubic houses of Rotterdam and many pictures of the friendship relation over the years.

At the request of Dutch businesses and Chinese governmental counterparts, Province of Zuid-Holland received 23 Chinese delegations in 2018.

The majority of these Chinese visits were related to agri-horticulture, water management, and urban sustainability. Several concrete business results have been generated via these in- and outbound missions. A group of Dutch horticulture companies has for example been involved in a 10ha. glass greenhouse project in Nanhe County, Hebei. Furthermore, CAU Futong, an agricultural technology company under the Chinese Agriculture University, sent four technicians to the World Horti Center for a four-month intensive training from September till December last year. In the field of water management, a project on hydrological forecasting and reservoir optimization between Deltares and Hebei Taolinkou Reservoir Administration have officially kicked off. In addition, Arcadis got a paid project about sponge city from Hebei Water Resources Science Institutes.

Zuid-Holland also successfully helped a Dutch company to solve their business dispute with their Chinese business partner in Hebei, together with the Dutch Embassy in Beijing and the Hebei Provincial Government; Zuid-Holland province also helped other horticulture companies to set up meetings with Yunnan Provincial and Kunming Municipality.

We are ready to offer you more business opportunities! On behalf of Province of Zuid-Holland, we are glad to announce that the annual Province of Zuid-Holland Economy & Trade Mission to China will be organized in the second week of October. King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit will lead the delegation.

During the visit, we are planning to participate in the closing ceremony of Beijing World Horti EXPO, and visit Xiongan New Area. More information will be released in a pre-information meeting, planned on March 21st, see below for more information on the meeting. If you have any good suggestions about the mission or would like to receive more practical information, please feel free to contact us: