Visit of Chairman Hebei CPPCC to the Netherlands
Mr. Ye Dongsong, Chairman of Hebei CPPCC, paid an official visit to Zuid-Holland from 8 to 11 October as a return visit after the Province of Zuid-Holland Mission to Hebei in May 2018. From a political perspective, Mr. Ye is the highest official from Hebei to visit Zuid-Holland in the past decade.
In the afternoon of 8 October, King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit hosted a governmental talk with the delegation in the office building of the Province, and an official welcome banquet was hosted in the evening of that day. Chinese Ambassador Wu Ken and Mr. Peter Potman, Director Asia and Oceania at Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry, joined the dinner banquet.
During the talk at the meeting, Mr. Smit reviewed the key successful achievements of the two provinces in the past decade. He also emphasized that, within the friendship relation between the two provinces, Province of Zuid-Holland would like to have an even closer cooperation with Hebei in the topics of the development of Xiongan New Area, Jing-Jin-Ji Integrated Development and the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Regarding the Xiongan New Area Development, Mr. Smit proposed that with the influence of the Province of Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands, we could setup a Dutch Expert & Entrepreneur Consultative Committee for Xiongan New Area, to share Dutch management and governance experiences and expertise in order to stimulate the green development of Xiongan and Hebei.
Chairman Ye Dongsong fully agreed with all suggestions from the Dutch side. Hebei recognized that her friendship relation with Zuid-Holland is one of the most important relations in Europe. Within the framework of the MOU that the two provinces signed in 2016, the provincial government of Hebei will ask all relevant departments to study the articles in the MOU, and raise further potential cooperation leads.
Since last year, the provincial leaders of Hebei and Zuid-Holland have frequently visited each other and maintained close contact. These valuable exchanges enable the two provinces to really talk and achieve consensus on a strategic level. Province of Zuid-Holland is planning to organize another trade mission to Hebei in October 2019, in combination with events at the 2019 Beijing Horti EXPO.