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Dōngzhì (冬至 | Winter Solstice) Seminar and Networking Reception

SAVE THE DATE! More information to follow soon.

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.

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 150 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.

More information about this years’ event will follow.

Members Only Workshop: “Contract Awareness”

Schrijf snel in voor deze Nederlandstalige workshop voor maximaal 12 personen.

Nog slechts 6 plaatsen beschikbaar!

Deze wordt aangeboden door NHKBA partner De Koning Advocaten uit Dordrecht.
Mr. A.F. Ammerlaan, senior partner van De Koning Advocaten, gaat tijdens de bijeenkomst in op verschillende aspecten van het contractrecht.

Het doel van de workshop is dat de deelnemers zich bewust worden van essentiële onderwerpen van het contractrecht zoals:

  • Wanneer is een partij gebonden aan een contract?
  • Wat de impact is van Algemene Voorwaarden?
  • Wat zijn essentiële onderwerpen van elk contract?
  • Contract Management
  • Welke acties moeten worden genomen bij een wanprestatie?
  • Hoe eindigt een contract?

Inleider: Mr. A.F. Ammerlaan, senior partner De Koning Advocaten, Dordrecht.
Arthur Ammerlaan is advocaat sinds 1989. Hij is vanaf 1992 werkzaam bij De Koning Advocaten en houdt zich voornamelijk bezig met het ondernemingsrecht en faillissementsrecht. Hij is gespecialiseerd in het contractenrecht (overeenkomsten, algemene voorwaarden etc.), faillissementsrecht en procesrecht.

Deze workshop is gratis voor leden met een maximum van 12 deelnemers.
Inschrijvingen worden behandeld op volgorde van binnenkomst.
Introducees niet toegestaan.

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


Belt and Road Seminar in Rotterdam attracts over 200 Participants

The seminar “Rotterdam and Hong Kong Make One Belt, One Road Work for You” that was held on Friday 30 June at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam attracted 204 guests. The event was held as part of the events organised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The organisers of the seminar were the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Invest HK. Supporting companies and organisations included Rabobank, Loyens & Loeff, Rotterdam Partners, 1421 Consulting, Moore Stephens Consulting, HKWJ Tax Law and ICG International.

During the seminar expert speakers from China, Hong Kong and Europe focussed on the creation of the New Silk Road as well as on the way companies can use the New Silk Road to grow business in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and China.
For presentations, scroll down.

Special guest speakers included

  • Mr. Vincent Boon-Falleur, Managing Director, Moore Stephens Consulting in China
  • Mr. Wando Boevé, Special Advisor to the Management Board ECT (Europe Container Terminals)
  • Mr. William Chui,  Regional Director Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Mr. Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, past Chairman Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
  • Ms. Angelica Leung, Head of Consumer Products, Invest Hong Kong
  • Mr. Michiel Nijdam, Corporate Strategist, Port of Rotterdam
  • Mr Jack Peters, Director Business Development Benelux Region, Alibaba Group
  • Mr. Ewout Stumphius, Partner, Chairman of the China team, Loyens & Loeff
  • Mr. Tjard Westbroek, Global Sector Head Supply Chain, Rabobank
  • dr. ir. Ying Zhang, Associate Dean for China Business & Relations, Erasmus University Rotterdam

After the seminar, the guests attended a networking reception followed by a Chinese dinner. Honorary guests at the dinner were HE Mr. Wu Ken, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the City of Rotterdam and Ms Shirley Lam, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union.

Press releases by other media


Pictures

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Presentations

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Mr. Vincent Boon-Falleur,
Moore Stephens
Mr. William Chui,
HKTDC


Mr. Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga, Polarwide Ltd.


Ms. Angelica Leung,
InvestHK
Presentation: One Pager Sino-Benelux Business Survey 2017Presentation: Hong Kong: Your Perfect Partner for Seizing Belt and Road OpportunitiesPresentation: The Belt And Road Initiative: The Opportunity of the CenturyPresentation: Sourcing Operations in Hong Kong

Mr. Michiel Nijdam,
Port of Rotterdam
Mr. Ewout Stumphius,
Loyens & Loeff
Mr. Tjard Westbroek,
Rabobank

dr. ir. Ying Zhang,
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Presentation: Rotterdam & the Belt and Road initiative. Make it happen.Presentation: Belt & Road Initiative - Strengthening ties between the Netherlands and Mainland China Hong KongPresentation: The OBOR food opportunity. OBOR to satisfy the Chinese appetitePaper: One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) or Belt-Road-Initiative (BRI) — Matters Me, You, Here and There?!

20th Anniversary Hong Kong SAR Establishment Cocktail Reception & Dinner


Cocktail Reception & Dinner

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Invest HKhave the pleasure of inviting you to attend the 20th Anniversary Hong Kong SAR Establishment  Dinner on Friday 30th June 2017 in the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam.

Gold sponsors of the event are Rabobank and Loyens & Loeff. Sponsors are Rotterdam Partners, IGC International, 1421 Consulting, HKWJ Tax Law and Moore Stephens.

Our supporting organisations are the City of Rotterdam, the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China, Golden River Restaurant in Laren and the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam.

With special guests from China, Hong Kong and the Netherlands, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997. 


About the Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Any business(wo)man who has been in Hong Kong or China can tell you how important it is to enjoy a dinner with your business relations to build up relationships that will benefit all. Delicious Chinese food will be served to treat your taste buds. You’d almost say you were in Hong Kong.

Special guests representing the Hong Kong Government, the City of Rotterdam and the business community will join members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and their guests to celebrate the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China on 1 July 1997.


Programme Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Venue: Upper Lobby and Jardin Room | Hilton Hotel Rotterdam

17:00 hrsCocktail Reception
18:30 hrsChinese Lion Dance

Guests are requested to proceed to the Le Jardin Room
19:00 hrs20th Anniversary Chinese Buffet Dinner

Welcome Word by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA

Speech by Ms. Shirley Lam, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union

Speech by Mr. A. Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam

Speech by Mr. William Chui, Regional Director Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Speech by Mr. Jochum Haakma, former Consul General to Hong Kong (1997-2002),
Global Executive Director Business Development at TMF Group; Chairman EU-China Business Association.
19:45 hrsStart Dinner

Musical Entertainment
21:30 hrsEnd dinner
Mr. Hans Poulis,
Chairman of the NHKBA
Mr. A. Aboutaleb,
Mayor of Rotterdam
Ms. Shirley Lam,
Special Representative for
Hong Kong Economic and
Trade Affairs to the European Union
Mr. William Chui,
Regional Director Europe,
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Mr. Jochum Haakma,
Former Consul General to Hong Kong (1997-2002), Global Executive Director
Business Development at TMF Group; Chairman EU-China Business Association.


Book a Table and become a Table Sponsor!

Click here for more information on becoming a table sponsor , or contact us!


Individual Tickets & Seats

Below you will find the participation fee on our 2 events on 30 June, both held at the Hilton Hotel Rotterdam.

You can register for a Passe-Partout and take part the whole day.
Or you can also register for just the Seminar or attend only the Cocktail Reception and Dinner.

 

Seminar and Networking ReceptionCocktail Reception and DinnerPasse-Partout
MembersFree€125€125
Associate MemberFree€150€150
Non-MembersFree€200€200
StudentFree

Want to know more about the Seminar? Click here.

The seminar is fully booked!
If you would like to be placed on the waitinglist,
please email us on maaike.abels@nhkba.nl

 


Free Seminar “Rotterdam and Hong Kong make One Belt, One Road Work for You”

Seminar & Networking Reception

Rotterdam and Hong Kong Make One-Belt-One-Road Work for You  

An initiative that involves numerous projects, many countries and huge investments. But how will it affect your company, if at all?  What opportunities does the initiative offer you in Hong Kong, China and the Netherlands? 

During the seminar on 30 June, expert speakers from China, Hong Kong and Europe will focus on the creation of the New Silk Road as well as on the way companies can use the New Silk Road to grow in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and China.

The seminar is co-organised by the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Gold sponsors are Rabobank and Loyens & Loeff. Sponsors are Rotterdam Partners, IGC International, 1421 Consulting, HKWJ Tax Law and Moore Stephens.

Our supporting organisations are the City of Rotterdam, the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China, Golden River Restaurant in Laren and the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam.

 

The Belt and Road Initiative is about connecting cultures, communities, economies, and people,
and about adding new economic flavors by creating infrastructure projects that are based on
21st-century expertise and governance standards.

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director International Monetary Fund

 

The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to enhance the orderly free flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework of benefit to all.

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor click here to register now

 

 

 


Special guest speakers:

Mr. Wando BoevéSpecial Advisor to the Management Board ECT (Europe Container Terminals)
Mr. Vincent Boon-FalleurManaging Director, Moore Stephens Consulting in China
Mr. William ChuiRegional Director Europe, HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
Mr. Daniël de Blocq van ScheltingaAdvisory Board Member and former Chairman Dutch Chamber in HK, Managing Partner Polarwide Ltd.,
Strategic Advisor for Crossborder Asia- Europe Transactions in Hong Kong
Ms. Angelica LeungHead of Consumer Products, Invest Hong Kong
Mr. Michiel NijdamCorporate Strategist, Port of Rotterdam
Mr. Jack PetersBusiness Development Director Benelux Region, Alibaba Group
Mr. Ewout StumphiusPartner, Managing Partner Hong Kong, Chairman of the Loyens & Loeff China team, Loyens & Loeff
Mr. Tjard WestbroekGlobal Sector Head Supply Chain, Rabobank
dr. ir. Ying ZhangAssociate Dean for China Business & Relations, Professor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at RSM,
founder and head of Erasmus-Huawei Collaboration Program, Erasmus University Rotterdam


About the Moderator & Speakers

About Mr. Wando BoevéAbout Mr. Vincent Boon FalleurAbout Mr. William Chui
Wando Boevé is Special Advisor to the
Management Board of ECT and Commercial
Director Hutchison Port Holdings Northern
Europe.

Besides this Wando Boevé holds several other
positions, such as Chairman EIRAC, Member
of the Board of Dinalog, Vice Chairman of
Deltalinqs, Member of the Executive Committee
Feport and Board Member SPL.

Wando Boevé has more than 30 years of
experience in logistics in general and the
container sector in specific.







Click here to read more.
Vincent Boon Falleur is managing director of
Moore Stephens Consulting in China, a
financial consulting firm assisting foreign
companies in navigating through all the
challenges and complexities of China’s
environment.

Vincent accompanies many European
companies in doing business in China and has
developed a broad experience in Finance and
international business related to China where
he works since 2011.

Vincent is also partner of an investment and
advisory firm helping companies to bridge
the China-Europe market, member of the
board of the Benelux Chamber of Commerce
in China and cofounder of a growth accelerator
for innovative companies willing to enter the
Chinese market.

Click here to read more.
Mr. William Chui was appointed as Regional
Director, Europe of the Hong Kong Trade
Development Council (HKTDC) in November
2016.

The HKTDC is Hong Kong’s statutory
organisation responsible for promoting and
developing the city’s external trade. Based in
Frankfurt, the largest office of the HKTDC’s
global network, Mr. Chui supervises the
HKTDC’s eleven offices in Europe and its Tel
Aviv Office.

Mr. Chui has held many management positions
in the HKTDC since he joined the organisation
in 1987. In his previous posts, he has been
responsible for industrial liaison, bilateral
committees and overseas Hong Kong Business
Associations, organisation of trade fairs, etc.


Click here to read more.
About Mr. Daniël de Blocq van ScheltingaAbout Ms. Angelica LeungAbout Dr. Michiel Nijdam
Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga is the
founder and managing partner of
Polarwide, a Hong Kong based financial
and strategic advisory firm founded in
2008.

Besides this he is also a Advisory Board
Member and former Chairman of the
Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong
Kong, Executive Committee member of
the European Chamber of Commerce in
Hong Kong, and Advisory Committee
member of the Hong Kong Business
Ethics Development Advisory Committee
of ICAC.




Click here to read more.
Angelica has over a decade of experience in
foreign direct investment. She previously
held positions with the responsibility to
develop strategic relationships with consular
and trade organisations and to support
investors in the information technology sector.

Her current focus is on facilitating investment
from companies in retail or sourcing of toys,
cosmetics, jewelry, home furnishings, fashion
and accessories. Since 2013, the Consumer
Products team has assisted over 160
companies to set up or expand in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining InvestHK, Angelica's career
experience spans aviation, strategic design
consultancy and market research for fast
moving consumer goods.

Click here to read more.
Michiel Nijdam is Corporate Strategist
of the Port of Rotterdam. In this position
he is adviser to the board and
management team on corporate strategy
and commercial development.

Before joining the Port of Rotterdam
organisation in 2015, Dr. Nijdam was
Executive Director of research institute
RHV at the Erasmus University in
Rotterdam and a Senior Researcher at
the same university.

Michiel Nijdam holds a PhD in Business
and Economics.




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About Mr. Ronnie OvergoorAbout Mr. Jack PetersAbout Mr. Hans Poulis
Ronnie Overgoor is a moderator,
speaker and interviewer.

He was nominated as Moderator
of the Year and belongs to the top
in the Netherlands.

With energetic enthusiasm,
contagious humor, positive
sharpness in communication
and relaxed interaction.

Ronnie consistently scores high
points at congresses, events
and seminars.

Click here to read more.
As Business Development Director at
Alibaba Benelux, Jack is responsible for
driving growth in the region and help
Dutch and Belgian businesses enter the
Chinese market by connecting them to
the over 440 million active buyers on
Alibaba’s platforms.

Jack has a long track record in retail,
both in private family owned companies
such as Blokker and Aldi, as well as in
large listed companies such as Metro.
He also has broad experience across
different aspects of business, ranging
from strategy to operations.

Click here to read more.
Hans Poulis is CEO of IGC International.

A full-compliance international distributor
offering (international) operating companies
superior value through high quality services
from design to delivery.

Part of IGC Global Promotions, a global
network operating since 1956 which today
has 50+ member companies, covering 110
countries worldwide and employing more
than 1,800 people.

Hans Poulis was elected Chairman of the
NHKBA in April 2015.

Click here to read more.
About Mr. Ewout StumphiusAbout Mr. Tjard Westbroek About Associate Professor dr. ir. Ying Zhang
Ewout J. Stumphius (1961), attorney at law,
is an M&A partner in the Corporate Law
practice group of Loyens & Loeff and
Managing Partner of the Loyens & Loeff
Hong Kong office. He specialize in corporate
law transactions: mergers and takeovers
(M&A), joint ventures, venture capital and
private equity. His clients are active in
several sectors, including oil & gas, pharma,
automotive, financial services, private equity,
ports and transport, chemical industry, and
various other sectors of industry.

Ewout is Head of the Loyens & Loeff China
Practice and in that capacity travels in
China regularly. The primary focus of
advisory work for Chinese clients is
outbound investment structuring, from a
corporate and tax perspective, M&A and
joint ventures. He also advises EU-based
clients on joint ventures and partnerships
with their Chinese counterparts, whereby
the Netherlands is often a jurisdiction of
choice to structure the joint interests
and cooperation.

Click here to read more.
Mr. Tjard Westbroek took the position
of Global Sector Head Supply Chain at
Rabobank, as of 2015

Tjard is responsible for growing the
client coverage business in the Food
& Agri Supply Chain sector. In this
capacity, he is responsible for setting
and executing the overall coverage
strategy for wholesale banking clients
of Rabobank in the Food & Agri
Packaging and Food & Agri Logistics
sectors.

The common theme in Tjard’s career is
his Global reach. Throughout his entire
career he kept his focus on international
business and worked abroad for several years.
The combination of his international network,
international experience and knowledge of
the Supply Chain sector, makes Tjard a reliable
strategic partner for corporates worldwide.

He started his career with Rabobank
in 1995.

Click here to read more.
dr. ir. Ying Zhang is an Associate Dean for
China Business & Relations, a Professor on
Entrepreneurship and Innovation at RSM, and
the founder and head of Erasmus-Huawei
Collaboration Program at the Erasmus University.

She is also a speaker, a writer, a business
developer, and a social entrepreneur. She has
been a Visiting Professor and a Research
Fellow at Harvard University, Cornell University,
United Nations University-MERIT; a Honorary
Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, and
academic advisory board member for
Amsterdam School of International Business.

Professor Zhang is one of “Best 40 Under 40”
Business School Professors worldwide ( by Poets
& Quants in 2015); one of the NativeSociety
Featured Business School Professors in USA, and
an Elite Professional Woman recognized by
National Association of Professional Women
(in USA). As an China expert, her opinions and
studies have been widely quoted by the
international leading medias and managerial
journals in the USA, China, and Europe.

Click here to read more.

Rotterdam and Hong Kong

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first six Dutch ships in the harbour of Hong Kong, which had become a British colony in 1841. It is almost certain that at least one of these ships hailed from Rotterdam.

The Netherlands Important Market for Hong Kong

Over the years, the maritime relations between the two port cities have grown as has trade between Hong Kong and the Netherlands. In 2016, the exports in products from Hong Kong to the Netherlands were valued at € 6,64 billion, an increase of 10.3% compared with 2015.  Most of these products were shipped from Hong Kong to Rotterdam.

The Netherlands is the 2nd largest export market for Hong Kong in Europe!

The most important products exported from Hong Kong to the Netherlands were: telecom equipment and parts (46%) and computers (17%).

Dutch exports to Hong Kong were valued at € 2.4 billion in 2016, a drop of 9.4% compared with 2015. Milk products remained the most important Dutch export product that was shipped to Hong Kong (35%).

Traditionally, goods between the Netherlands and Hong Kong werd transported by sea. High value goods or perishable goods were also transported by air.

In recent years, a number of alternative routes is taking shape as a result of the One Belt, One Road initiative. Railways from China to Europe carry more and more containers with consumer goods. New logistics hubs are created in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Can Hong Kong and Rotterdam take it for granted that maritime trade and established routes will remain dominant or will new routes and new modes of transport challenge the old order? What challenges and opportunities does the One Belt, One Road Initiative bring?

Five Routes
The Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes. The Silk Road Economic Belt focusses on: (1) linking China to Europe through Central Asia and Russia; (2) connecting China with the Middle East through Central Asia; and (3) bringing together China and Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Indian Ocean. The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, meanwhile, focusses on using Chinese coastal ports to: (4) link China with Europe through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean; and (5) connect China with the South Pacific Ocean through the South China Sea. 

Silk Road Fund
The US$40 billion Silk Road Fund has been established to finance the Belt and Road Initiative. It will invest mainly in infrastructure and resources, as well as in industrial and financial cooperation. The Fund was set up as a limited liability company in December 2014 with its founding shareholders including China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange, the China Investment Corp, the Export-Import Bank of China and the China Development Bank. The Fund will comply with market rules and the international order of finance, and welcome participation from domestic and overseas investors, such as the China-Africa Development Fund and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.


Programme Seminar

Venue: Rotterdam Room | Hilton Hotel Rotterdam

14:30 hrsRegistration
15:00 hrsOpening Seminar by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA

Word of Welcome by Ms Alice Choi, Deputy Representative Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels
15:05 hrsModerator: Mr. Ronnie Overgoor

Session 1: "Creating the New Silk Road"

Speakers are:

- dr. ir. Ying Zhang, Associate Dean for China Business & Relations, Professor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
at RSM, founder and head of Erasmus-Huawei Collaboration Program. Erasmus University Rotterdam
Topic: ”Transition and OBOR, EU and China”

- Mr. Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, Advisory Board Member and former Chairman, Dutch Chamber in HK,
Managing Partner Polarwide Ltd., Strategic Advisor for Crossborder Asia- Europe Transactions in Hong Kong.
Topic: The Belt and Road Initiative : The Opportunity of the Century.

- Mr. Michiel Nijdam, Corporate Strategist, Port of Rotterdam
Topic: ''East and West Better Connected Than Ever''

- Mr. Wando Boevé, Special Advisor to the Management Board ECT
Topic: ''Many Belts Many Roads''

- Mr. Vincent Boon Falleur, Managing Director of Moore Stephens Consulting in China
Topic: “OBOR and opportunities in China”
16:00 hrsModerator: Mr. Ronnie Overgoor

Session 2 "Growing your company by using the New Silk Road"

Speakers are:

- Mr. William Chui, Regional Director Europe, HKTDC
Topic: Hong Kong – Your Perfect Partner to Seize Belt and Road Opportunities

- Mr Jack Peters, Business Development Director Benelux Region, Alibaba Group
Topic: ''One Belt, One Road: Moving! Trade''

- Mr. Tjard Westbroek, Global Sector Head Supply Chain, Rabobank International
Topic: “For NL, OBOR should be about Food Trade”.

- Mr. Ewout Stumphius, Senior Partner Hong Kong/China, Loyens & Loeff
Topic: “Belt & Road Initiative: Strengthening ties between the Netherlands and Mainland China, Hong Kong”

- Mrs. Angelica Leung, Head of Consumer Products, Invest Hong Kong
Topic: ''Sourcing Operations in Hong Kong''
17:00 hrsClosing remarks by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA
17:10 hrsCocktail Reception

Individual Tickets & Seats

Below you will find the participation fee on our 2 events on 30 June, both held at the Hilton Hotel Rotterdam.

You can register for a Passe-Partout and take part the whole day.
Or you can also register free of charge for the Seminar and the Cocktail Reception only.

 

Seminar and Networking ReceptionCocktail Reception and DinnerPasse-Partout
MembersFree€125€125
Associate MemberFree€150€150
Non-MembersFree€200€200
StudentFree

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The seminar is fully booked!
If you would like to be placed on the waitinglist,
please email us on maaike.abels@nhkba.nl