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

30 June 2017 | 14:30 - 17:00

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.


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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

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.

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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

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.

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Mr. William Chui was appointed as Regional
Director, Europe of the Hong Kong Trade
Development Council (HKTDC) in November

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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
Associate MemberFree€150€150

Want to know more about the Dinner? 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



30 June 2017
14:30 - 17:00


Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
+31 626979799


Hilton Hotel Rotterdam
Weena 10
Rotterdam, 3012 CM Netherlands
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