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Chinese New Year Dinner

 

KUNG HAY FAT CHOY!!!

With this traditional wish we will greet you when we meet to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dragon, during our Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday 8th of February 2019.
The dinner, which will mark the start of the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the NHKBA,  will be held at the Chinese Restaurant “Grand Garden”, Aert van Nesstraat 4, 3012 CA Rotterdam. Registration will open shortly.

Chinese New Year Reception; By Invitation Only

The Year of the Dragon.

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.

Attendance of the event is by invitation only. 

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis

You will be automatically put on the waiting list if there is an oversubscription

NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis elected Vice Chairman of the FHKBAW

The Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, Hans Poulis, has been elected Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide at the annual Forum of the Federation in Hong Kong.

After his election, the new board was presented to the delegates at the Forum. On stage, Hans was joined by the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Paul Chan,  Ms Margaret Fong, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Ms Esther Naegeli, Immediate Past Chairman of the Federation, Mr Dennis Chiu, the new Chairman of the Federation, on behalf of Asia Pacific, Ms. Alexandria Sham – the new Treasurer on behalf of North America and the Federation Secretary Mr. Michael Chia.

 

End of Year Event of the NHKBA Great Success

KASTEEL DE WITTENBURG IN WASSENAAR

When:      29 November

Time:        15:00 – 19:00 hrs  (registration starts at 14:30 hrs)

Where:    Kasteel de Wittenburg, Wassenaar

The end of year event zoomed in on developments and opportunities in the fields of FinTech, Financial Services, Logistics for Fashion and Dutch Sea Food in the dynamic city of Hong Kong, right at the doorstep of China’s vibrant Greater Bay Area!

Following the seminar, there was a festive networking reception with drinks, finger food and oysters from Zeeland.

Click here for photo’s taken during the  event. 

Journalist Leo van der Velde of the Algemeen Dagblad wrote about the event on Tuesday 4 December 2018.

Programme

Registration

Welcome and Introduction

Hans Poulis, Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

What does it take to be successful in Hong Kong & the Mainland?
Interviews with:

  • Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic & Trade Affairs to the EU
  • Paula Kant, Head of Investment Promotion at Invest HK
  • David Marsden, Director UK, the Benelux and Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

The Stories

  • Martin Rijk, Founder of Natural Holland, introducing Dutch fish to the markets of HK and China (by video)
  • Diederik Werdmolder, founder EMF Finance
  • Daniel van Vulpen, international sales & marketing professional at Bleckmann, supply chain solutions for the fashion and lifestyle industry (TBC)
  • Lodewijk Lamaison, founding partner at the Capital Company (by ivideo)

Fintech Developments in HK and Mainland China

  • Patrick Lemmens, portfolio manager global FinTech equities at Robeco

Panel Discussion, Q&A

Closing Remarks

17:00 – 19:00   
Networking Cocktail

MC: Brian van Wachem, founder of RedSnap, MC

 

Speakers

 

    Click on the photos or names for more information

Confirmed Speakers:

     Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

      Miss Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels

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

      Mr. Brian van Wachem, CEO Redsnap, Moderator of the event

     Mr. Martin Rijk, Founder Natural Holland, Hong Kong

      Mr. Lodewijk Lamaison Partner Capital Company, Hong Kong

        Ms. Paula Kant. Senior Investment Promotion Executive Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK)

      Mr. Patrick LemmensPortfolio Manager Global FinTech Equities at Robeco

      Mr. Diederik Werdmolder, Founder EMF Finance

Co-organisers:

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting organisations:


China Café Guanxi.nl: Importeren uit China

Importeren uit China: makkelijker of moeilijker geworden?

Zeker weten dat de producten die je koopt in China aan de juiste eisen voldoen – op gebied van veiligheid, materiaalgebruik, design en kwaliteit, is van cruciaal belang. In hoeverre is kwaliteitsbewaking nog belangrijker geworden dan voorheen? Of zijn productieprocessen in China voldoende op niveau gekomen om inspectie achterwege te laten. Een paar vragen die aan onze gastspreker Ties Coolen worden gesteld:

  • Hoe moeilijk/makkelijk is het om goederen uit China te halen vergeleken met 10/5 jaar geleden?
  • Hoe staat ‘tegenwoordig’ het met kwaliteitsnormen van in China geproduceerde goederen?
  • Welke effecten heeft het Belt &Road Initiative op goederen betrekken uit China?
  • Waar moeten NL- importeurs vooral opletten wanneer ze producten uit China betrekken?
  • Wat zijn nog altijd verstandige stappen om te zetten voordat bedrijven overgaan op productie in China/producten kopen in China?
  • Welke rol speelt internet/e-commerce?

Gastspreker
Ties Coolen richtte Coolen China op om bedrijven te begeleiden bij de sourcing -en inkoop van producten uit China. Coolen China verzorgt ook de aankoop van producten in opdracht van opdrachtgevers of laat de opdrachtgever zelf importeren uit China, met daarbij de gewenste ondersteuning. Coolen China adviseert en het begeleidt ondernemers die willen inkopen in China, of dit proces willen uitbesteden of herzien. Quality Control (QC) China is een relatief nieuwe tak binnen de familieonderneming. De hoofdactiviteit van QC China is het inspecteren – op locatie in China – van producten op correctheid. Coolen China heeft vijf vestigingen op zijn naam.

Ties Coolen is van jongs af aan gefascineerd door China. “Al vanaf jongs af aan wilde ik al naar China, waarom weet ik eigenlijk niet precies, het is een onverklaarbare aantrekkingskracht. In die tijd heb ik veel gelezen en verdiept in de Chinese cultuur, geschiedenis en mentaliteit.” Wanneer Ties na de Business School Haarlem in 2002 voor het eerst voet op Chinese bodem zet, is hij meteen verkocht. Dat jaar start hij met zijn onderneming Coolen China en woont hij vijf jaar in Shanghai, vanuit deze metropool reisde binnen China stad en land af.

Ties is een ondernemer die zijn koers op jonge leeftijd heeft uitgezet en dit tot een succes heeft weten te maken. Als China ervaringsdeskundige is Ties regelmatig gastspreker bij seminars, evenementen en bijeenkomsten over “zakendoen in China” en “ondernemerschap in China” oftewel China in de Praktijk. Dit weet hij op een enthousiaste, humoristisch en herkenbare wijze te brengen.

Locatie en aanmelden

WTC Utrecht
Stadsplateau 2, 3521 AZ Utrecht, recht tegenover het Centraal Station aan de Jaarbeurszijde.
In het restaurant op de 1e verdieping: JPkitchen-restaurant / JPbar.
Parkeersuggesties:
P1 van de Jaarbeurs, Graadt van Roggenweg 302, 3531 AH (achter De Volksbank)
P3 van de Jaarbeurs, Croeselaan, 3521 BL (naast Kinepolis)
Parkeergarage Kop van Lombok, Vleutenseweg 44, 3532 HL Utrecht

Inloop om 17:00 uur – geschatte eindtijd 19:30 uur

Toegang voor niet-leden is €10,- per persoon. Dit kan worden betaald bij entree. Voor Guanxi.nl leden is entree gratis.

Euro Caps receives NHKBA members and guests

Euro Caps CEO Nils Clement and CFO Pieter Brokx received NHKBA members and special guests at the company’s head office in the Spaanse Polder in Rotterdam on 29 October last.

After an introduction  touching on the history of the company, the variety of products and possible future scenario’s, the visitors were invited on a tour of the very impressive production plant of single use coffee cups.

More than 3 million cups (compatible with Nespresso and Dolce Gusto machines) are produced in this factory every day, more than one billion per year!

For an impression of the factory,  have a look at the video Make ‘t Rotterdam on YouTube.

 

 

Partner in the Spotlight: NHKBA goes to Euro Caps

Come and join us on a tour of the production plant of Europe’s leading private label manufacturer of coffee capsules.

In 2012 entrepreneurs Bas de Vet and Nils Clement started with an idea to develop an alternative for the Nespresso© and Dolce Gusto© coffee cups. Nowadays, they supply these cups to practically all large supermarket chains in the Netherlands.

Listen to this success story of Nils Clement, CEO and co-founder and see the production facilities, in which 3 million coffee capsules are produced on a daily basis.

Read more about Euro Caps and Nils Clement in the interview the NHKBA published in its newsletter of August 2017 (click here). 

The number of participants is limited to 30 persons. Registrations will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. So register now if you want to be sure of your spot!

Free for members!

Click here to register!

New Mail Address for NHKBA

Please note that the mail address of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association has changed per 1 October.

The new address is:

NHKBA

c/o PO BOX 13123

NL-3004 HC Rotterdam

The Netherlands

 

The email address of the NHKBA and the phone number are still the same:

E: secretariat@nhkba.nl

T: +31207600333

M: +31626979799

 

Keypoints from Policy Address Hong Kong Leader Ms Carry Lam

10 October 2018

Source: Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Ms Judith Huisman

This year’s Policy Address contains a number of initiatives of interest to the international business community in the areas of housing and land, economic development, liveable city, labour and welfare, and health care.

The CE also stressed the importance of the rule of law (Paras 31 and 32):
“We will continue to steadfastly safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law … it is in everyone’s interests that the rule of law remains strong, respected and visible.”

All details can be found at the following links:

Policy Address website
https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2018/eng/index.html

Leaflet
https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2018/eng/highlights.html
https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2018/eng/pdf/Leaflet.pdf

Key points

Land and Housing

–  Allocate more land for public housing; allocate 70% of housing units on newly developed land for public housing
– Launch “Lantau Tomorrow Vision” to spur economic development; start a study on reclamation of a 1700ha island off East Lantau for economic development and housing for up to 1.1 million people.
– Reactivate the revitalisation scheme for industrial buildings for social and economic needs, including for transitional housing

Diversified Economy 

– Enhance HK’s global status by signing more bilateral and multilateral agreements
– Establish a Steering Committee to identify opportunities and co-ordinate participation in the Greater Bay Area
– $20 billion injection to the Research Endowment Fund of Research Grants Council
– Launch a $3 billion Research Matching Grants Scheme
– Introduce a fellowship scheme for outstanding academics to strengthen the R&D and I&T pool in Hong Kong
– Launch a $2 billion re-industrialisation funding scheme to set up smart production lines in HK
– Allocate $2 billion for facilities to support the smart manufacturing sector in industrial estates
– Increase funding support for the technology transfer offices in universities
– Announce annual plans to open up Government data
– Formulate tax measures to foster ship leasing business; tax concessions for marine insurance sector; $200 million additional for the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund
– Issue first batch of virtual banking licences in 2018 or early 2019
– Open up government premises to install 5G base stations by mobile phone operators
– Extra $1 billion for Film Development Fund to nurture talent, enhance local film production, expand markets

Liveable City

Transport
– Rationalise tolls for the three cross-harbour tunnels
– Waive or pay tolls for franchised bus services to reduce fare increase pressures
– Launch consultations on Electronic Road Pricing Pilot Scheme in Central
– Introduce a water taxi service in the harbour (Kai Tak-Hung Hom-TST East-West Kowloon-Central) and revive the Central-Hung Hom ferry service

Environment     
– Study feasibility of regulatory control of plastic table ware; Government to take the lead in reducing use of plastic table ware
– Develop renewable energy sector with Government taking the lead and supporting individuals and NGOs to install renewable energy facilities

Animal welfare
– Amend laws to protect animal welfare; establish a “Animal Watchers Scheme” by the Police

Labour and Welfare             

– Secure passage of legislation to abolish the MPF Scheme offsetting mechanism
– Extend statutory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks, with immediate effect for all female government employees
– Extend statutory paternity leave from 3 to 5 days as early as possible
– Additional resources for Commission on Children
– Strengthen support for people with disabilities
– Allocate $500+ million to strengthen support services for ethnic minorities

Healthcare

– Strengthen primary health care by establishing the first District Health Centre in Kwai Tsing and extend the model to other districts
– Recognise positioning of Chinese medicine in healthcare system; $500 million to promote applied research and specialisation of Chinese medicine
– Propose to legislate a ban on the import, sale, distribution and advertising of electronic cigarettes and other new smoking products
– Introduce free cervical cancer vaccine for school girls of a specific age group

Nurturing Talent

– Implement an all-graduate teaching force policy in public primary and secondary schools
– Provide a “Life-wide Learning Grant” for public schools to help students broaden their horizons
– Extra $800 million annually to support students with special education needs
– Extra $570 million annually to strengthen administrative support for public and Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools

Special Event for Personal Members well attended

September 26 | 15:30 – 18:30

The special event with guest speaker Mr Wilfred Mohr, organised by the NHKBA at “Kasteel de Wittenburg” on 26 September was a great success. Twenty-four personal members and special guests attended the event in Wassenaar.

Guests included one of the founders and honorary member of the NHKBA, Mr Simon Italiaander. former Chairman Jhr. Frits van Valkenburg, former board members Pieter Remstedt and George Ammerlaan as well as 20 other members and guests.

The meeting, organised with the support of “Kasteel De Wittenburg” was opened by the vice-chairperson of the NHKBA, Ms Jacqueline Baud, who introduced  guest speaker Mr Wilfred Mohr, former Dutch Consul General in Hong Kong.

While the guests enjoyed a ‘hight tea’ Mr Mohr shared his personal thoughts on the question:

Hong Kong, where is it going? 

For a photo impression of the event, please click here!