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Chinese New Year Reception

The traditional Chinese New Year Concert and Reception of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association will once again be held in the Nieuwe of Litteraire Sociëteit De Witte. Plein 24, in The Hague.

More information about the concert will be posted online as soon as possible.

Attendance of the event is by invitation only.

Members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association will receive an invitation.

Contact our secretariat for more information: +31207600333

 

 

Dōngzhì (冬至 | Winter Solstice) Seminar and Networking Reception


The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have the pleasure of inviting you to our annual Dōngzhì (冬至 – Winter Solstice) seminar and networking reception in “Castle” De Wittenburg in Wassenaar.

Speakers representing the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will update you about the developments in Hong Kong and the expectations for 2018. Special guest speakers are

  • Ms. Mariëlla de Koning, Global Chief Marketing Officer Randstad, Vice-Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association.
  • Mr. Etienne Hendrickx, Director Mosquitno BV.
  • Mr. Rob Westerhof, Chairman Sparta Rotterdam
  • Ms. Nicholin Choi, Shareholder Sparta Rotterdam and Sparta Asia Ambassador
  • Mr. Bernard F. Scheffens, CEO WSS Asia
  • Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (tbc)
  • Mr. David Marsden, Director UK, Ireland and the Benelux , Hong Kong Trade Development Council 
  • Mrs. Paula Kant, Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, Brussels Office
Mrs. Mariella de Koning
Global Chief Marketing Officer,
Randstad

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Mr. Etienne Hendrickx
Managing Director,
MosquitNo BV

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Mrs. Paula Kant
Senior Investment Promotion Executive,
InvestHK

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cv/bio to follow


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more information to follow
Mr. Rob Westerhof
Chairman,
Sparta
Ms. Nicholin Choi,
Shareholder,
Sparta Rotterdam
and Sparta Asia Ambassador
Mr. Bernard F. Scheffens
CEO ,
WSS Asia
more information to follow
cv/bio to follow
Ms. Fiona Chau
Deputy Representative,
Hong Kong Economic and
Trade Office, Brussels

(tbc)
Mr. David Marsden
Director UK, Ireland and the Benelux,
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Programme (tbc)

14:30 hrsRegistration
15:00 - 15:05 hrsWord of Welcome and introduction Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
15:05 - 15:15 hrsWelcome Speech by Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic & Trade Affairs to the European Union,
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (tbc)
15:15 - 15:35 hrsSpeech: Hong Kong Trade Fairs, markets for selling to Asia and the world
Mr. David Marsden, Director UK, Ireland and the Benelux, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (tbc)
15:35 - 15:50 hrsSpeech "Why would anyone like to work for you?" - Attracting & retaining talent in Hong Kong
Ms Mariëlla de Koning, Global Chief Marketing Officer Randstad, Vice-Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association.

This speech is based on the Randstad employer brand research – 2017; based on information received from 5000 Hong Kong respondents.
Randstad has been
15:50 - 16:05 hrsSpeech: “Hong Kong, a crucial piece in your sales jigsaw puzzle”
Mrs. Paula Kant. Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
16:05 - 16:20 hrsSpeech: Football and Business in Hong Kong and China, the Story of Sparta Rotterdam
Mr. Rob Westerhof, Chairman Sparta Rotterdam and

Speech: Sparta Rotterdam, Nurture Talent in Asia
Ms. Nicholin Choi, Shareholder Sparta Rotterdam and Sparta Asia Ambassador
16:20 - 16:35 hrsSpeech: ''The Buzzing markets of Asia'' (tbc)
Mr. Etienne Hendrickx, Director Mosquitno BV.
16:35 - 16:50 hrsSpeech: ''Waste Management Solutions for Hong Kong, designed in the Netherlands''
Mr. Bernard F. Scheffens, CEO WSS Asia
16:50 - 17:00 hrsQ&A
Closing remarks by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
17:00 - 17:05 hrsLucky Draw
17:05 - 18:30 hrsBusiness Networking Cocktail Reception

About Dōngzhì

In Hong Kong, China and other countries in Asia, the Dōngzhì Festival is one of the most important annual festivals. Dōngzhì literally means ‘the beginning of Winter’ and just as in the West, the festival is a celebration of the fact that the days will lengthen again after 21st December.

During the Dōngzhì meeting, speakers from Hong Kong and the Netherlands will inform you about the developments in the Special Administrative Region and the forecasts for 2018. In addition several entrepreneurs will talk about their personal experiences in the port town. 


About Kasteel De Wittenburg

“Castle” De Wittenburg was designed by the architect J.J. van Nieukerken for Jonkheer H.M. Speelman. It was completed in 1901. In 1955 the estate was purchased by the Minicipality of Wassenaar.

Since 1963, the Castle has been used by the members of the “Vereniging Internationaal Ontvangstcentrum van het Bedrijfsleven de Wittenburg.” The goal of this association is to maintain the building as a reception and conference centre for its members. The current proprietor of “De Wittenburg” is Mr Lasé Hu.

Besides classic meetings rooms and a conference hall, De Wittenburg also offers 10 hotel rooms.


Registration

Attending the Dōngzhì Seminar and Reception is free of charge for NHKBA members.

Not a member yet?
Non members can attend the meeting for €68 (excl. VAT) or join the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association as a corporate member for €400 (excl. VAT) till the end of 2018 and attend this meeting for free.
Click here for more information on the membership.

 

 

 

 


Mission to the 18th Hong Kong Forum

Join our mission to the 18th Hong Kong Forum! Tailor made programme included.


Dear member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association,

As you may know, the NHKBA is a founding member of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.

Every year, the Federation organises a popular Forum in Hong Kong. This year the forum will take place on 5 and 6 December.
Click here to see the programme of the Forum.

The NHKBA is preparing a ‘Members Only’ mission to the Forum. The departure date of the mission is Sunday 3 December. The return date is Saturday 9 December (4-nights in HK). The mission leader will be our Chairman Mr Hans Poulis.

Around the Hong Kong Forum, we plan to organise an attractive programme that can include appointments tailored to your own interests and needs.

Concurrent events: in the week of 4 December, several important events will take place in Hong Kong besides the Forum:

 


Attractive offer for travel and accommodation from our Partner travel agent Anko Zakenreizen.

A 7 day trip with a stay at Hotel Novotel Century**** – Hong Kong Island

DateRouteTimeFlight Number 
3 DecemberAmsterdam - Hong Kong12:45 - 06:55CX270
9 DecemberHong Kong - Amsterdam00:25 - 06:15CX271
Price of 7 day trip* 
Economy Class
Twin Room
Single Room
from €1.153,00 p.p**
from €1.506,00 p.p**
Premium Economy Class
Twin Room
Single Room
from €1.908,00 p.p**
from €2.241,00 p.p**
Business Class
Twin Room
Single Room
from €3693,00 p.p**
from €4.023,00 p.p**

*Included in the package:
– Return Ams – Hkg in class of choice
– 4 night stay in the above stated hotel – lodgings with breakfast
– All airport taxes and security fees

Excluded:
– Travel and/or Cancellation insurance
– One time reservation fee of €31,40

** pricing and availability subject to change


Get in touch and make a request!

Please let us know if you are potentially interested in joining our mission and what you would like us to arrange for you during your visit to Hong Kong! We will then get back to you shortly to inform you if your request can be met.

Cathay Pacific China Business Award 2017 – Award Night

Celebrating the Best Dutch Businesses in China

The 2017 winner will be awarded the prestigious award during the exclusive Award Night, on November 23, 2017 at the Duin en Kruidberg Country Estate in Santpoort.

During the award night, the China Business Award 2017 and the Hong Kong Shooting Star 2017 will be presented to the winners.

Approximately 100 invited guests attend the event (representatives of SME’s, governmental and corporate organizations, diplomats etc). Every year, prominent speakers are invited such as the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Hong Kong or from organizations like the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Royal FrieslandCampina. This year the key-note speech will be deliverd by Dr. Mr. Vincent Chang.

Vincent K.L. Chang is a guest researcher of Leiden University and a Research Fellow at the LeidenAsiaCentre. His research revolves around China’s contemporary foreign policies, investigating Chinese views of diplomacy and international law in the context of China’s relations with the European Union and the Netherlands.

Invitations for the Cathay Pacific China Business Award Night have already been sent. If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, tickets can be purchased at € 100 per person (ex VAT).

If you wish to purchase one or more tickets, please contact the secreriat of the NHKBA at 020 7600333.

Or mail: secretariat@nhkba.nl

Click here for more information.

China Business Week, The Hague, Zwolle, ‘s Hertogenbosch, Maastricht

Wilt u zakendoen in China? Heeft u vragen over ondernemen in China? Kom dan van 6  tot en met 9 november 2017 naar de bijeenkomsten van de  China Business Week in Den Haag, Zwolle, s Hertogenbosch en Maastricht.

De Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association zal op de bijeenkomsten aanwezig zijn.

Tijdens de week kunt u in gesprek met afgevaardigden van het Nederlands economisch netwerk in China. U kunt zich volop verdiepen in de markten van China en Hong Kong, door inhoudelijke presentaties, praktische tips van ervaringsdeskundigen, rondetafelgesprekken en 1-op-1-gesprekken. En is er volop de gelegenheid om uw zakelijke netwerk uit te breiden.

Kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven

De Chinese economie ontwikkelt zich gestaag en biedt kansen voor zowel grote als kleinere, gespecialiseerde Nederlandse ondernemingen. Tijdens de bijeenkomst komen opkomende sectoren in China aan bod, waaronder:

  • SMART Cities / Urban development
  • Water & Environmental protection technology
  • Agrofood
  • LSH & Elderly Care
  • High Tech Systemen & Materialen (HTSM)
  • Horticulture & Starting Materials

De Chinese maak- en service-industrie heeft behoefte aan buitenlandse technologie en expertise. De Chinezen consumeren steeds meer. Ze zijn bereid en in staat om meer geld uit te geven aan kwaliteitsproducten. Zo ontstaan er meer mogelijkheden voor exporterende Nederlandse bedrijven.

Mis de China Business Week niet!

De China Business Week biedt u:

  • actuele informatie over mogelijkheden en business opportunities in China;
  • 1-op-1-gesprekken met het Nederlands economisch netwerk in China, RVO.nl, KvK en regionale ontwikkelingsmaatschappijen;
  • volop gelegenheid om in contact te komen met ondernemers die net als u geïnteresseerd zijn in China;
  • inzicht in hoe de Nederlandse overheid deuren voor u kan openen.

Nederlandse overheidsnetwerk in China en HongKong

Nederland beschikt over 11 kantoren verspreid over China die uw bedrijf helpen met zakendoen op de kansrijke Chinese markt. Naast de ambassade en consulaten in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing en Hong Kong zijn er 6 Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSO’s) in andere, snel opkomende regio’s.

Informatie over onder meer de locatie volgt zsm.

Seminar: Having sleepless nights over the closure of your supplier’s factory by the Chinese government?

ProductIP, Bergh Stoop & Sanders Lawyers and the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
invite you to join the free seminar:

“Having sleepless nights over the closure of your supplier’s factory by the Chinese government?
That is nothing compared to what IoT and GDPR will bring to your own desk in 2018!”

3 November 2017 | 14.00 – 18.00 | Ede

This seminar is offered by NHKBA Partner ProductIP on the occasion of the official opening of the company’s new offices.


Programme:

13:30 - 14:00 hrs Registration
14:00 - 14:10 hrsWelcome and introduction by Maarten van der Dussen, Managing Director ProductIP and Hans Poulis, Chairman, NHKBA
14:15 - 15:00 hrsPresentation by Caspar ter Horst, Managing Director ProductIP, “Why the Internet of Things is not easy money for retail and trade!”
15:00 - 15:15 hrs Coffee-break
15:15 - 16:00 hrsPresentation by Berber Brouwer,
Lawyer and Head of the IP / Media and Advertising Practice Bergh, Stoop & Sanders Lawyers:
‘’I am importing / selling / branding a smart product. So what?”

How can retail and trade deal with the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation
brought to them by Internet of Things and other technologies.”
16:00 - 16:15 hrs Official opening new ProductIP office
16:15 - 18:00 hrsInformal reception with drinks and snacks

This seminar is free of charge for members of the NHKBA.

SIGN UP HERE!

 

NHKBA Wins Best Initiative Award 2017

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association has won the Best Initiative Award 2017 of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. The award will be presented to our Chairman Hans Poulis at the annual Hong Kong Forum that wil take place in the SAR on 5 and 6 December.

The Best Initiative Award aims to reward the business associations / chapters for their outstanding and effective promotional strategies in their respective individual projects/ campaigns in enhancing the Hong Kong profile around the world.

The NHKBA received the Best Initiative Award for the conception and organisation of the Hong Kong Establishment Day Seminar and Dinner it hosted, with the invaluable support of many partners such as the HKETO, Brussels, InvestHK, the HKTDC, Loyens & Loeff, Rabobank, Rotterdam Partners and more at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam on 30 June 2017.

 

 

Conferentie provinciale en gemeentelijke Chinabanden

Haal meer economisch rendement uit Nederlands-Chinese zusterrelaties


In 2017 wordt gevierd dat 45 jaar officiële diplomatieke betrekkingen op ambassadeursniveau bestaan tussen Nederland en China. Tevens viert de Vereniging Nederland-China (VNC) haar 40-jarige bestaan. In dit speciale jaar presenteren wij een bijzondere conferentie op 18 en 19 september 2017 tijdens de ‘Week van de provinciale en gemeentelijke Chinabanden’, waarop de bestaande relaties tussen Nederlandse en Chinese steden en provincies hernieuwd, versterkt en verbreed worden. Alle Nederlandse steden en provincies die een (officiële dan wel officieuze) zusterrelatie met een Chinese overheid hebben worden gevraagd hun wederpartij uit te nodigen om deel te nemen aan de conferentie.

THEMA’S VAN DE ZUSTERSTEDEN CONFERENTIE

De thema’s van de Zustersteden conferentie zijn onder andere duurzame stedelijk ontwikkeling, sponge cities, water & milieu, agri & food, life sciences & health, cultuur & toerisme en ook de nieuwe zijderoute ‘One Belt One Road’. Deze thema’s bieden veel kansen voor het Nederlandse en Chinese bedrijfsleven en er is dan ook een duidelijke economische focus binnen de conferentie met mogelijkheden tot netwerken en matchmaking.

10-JARIGE OFFICIËLE ZUSTERRELATIE

Bij de organisatie van de conferentie werkt de VNC samen met haar officiële wederpartij in China, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), het Nederlandse Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, de Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG), de gemeente Den Haag en de provincie Zuid-Holland, die in 2017 ook haar 10-jarige officiële zusterrelatie met de Chinese provincie Hebei viert.

HK Exports to Netherlands Jump 19% in H1!

Hong Kong’s exports to the Netherlands have jumped 19.2% in first half of 2017 compared with same period 2016 to a value of more than US$ 1.8 billion.

The most important export commodities that are (re-)exported from Hong Kong to the Netherlands are telecommunication equipment and parts (share of export 48.4%) , computers (share of export 15%) and semi-conductors, electronic valves and tubes (share of export 5%).

The Netherlands is currently Hong Kong’s 8th largest export partner in the world and the second largest in Europe behind Germany.

Dutch exports to Hong Kong dropped by 1.2% in the first half of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. Milk, cream and other milk products (other than butter and cheese) retained the largest share in the  exports: 25.2% with a value of almost US$ 313 million. The export of milk and milk products from the Netherlands dropped with almost 30% compared with 2016.

Click here for the trade statistics of Hong Kong-Netherlands trade for the first six months of 2017.

Cathay Pacific China Business Award 2017

 

Dear Member of the NHKBA,

It is our pleasure to inform you that companies can now apply to enter the competition of 2017.

Many great Dutch companies are active in the Chinese market; companies with passion, spirit and an inspiring vision. Companies that, on top of their success, stay innovative and are a real asset to the Chinese market. And each year, the China Business Award searches for the best Dutch businesses in China.

Do you know a Dutch company or does your own company distinguishes itself by innovation, creativity, profitability and sustainability? Have you successfully developed your business activities in the Chinese market?


Award Night
The 2017 winner will be announced during the exclusive China Business Awards Night in November. Approximately 150 invited guests will attend the yearly event. These guests include representatives of SMEs, governmental and corporate organizations as well as  diplomats.

During the dinner, several speakers will share their views on developments in China and Hon Kong. Past speakers include senior executives of Webpower, the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Royal FrieslandCampina.

For more information, please go to: www.cathaypacific.nl/cba


For any questions or support about the China Business Awards

Cathay Pacific China Business Awards
Evert van de Beekstraat 1-18
1118 CL Schiphol
The Netherlands

nl_marketing@cathaypacific.com
+31 (0)20 466 77 22