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Reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat

 

Mr Eddie Cheung
Special Representative
for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs
to the European Union

and

Mr Hans Poulis
Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

are hosting the “Night at the Opera” concert and buffet reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year

on Wednesday 19th February 2020 from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs
Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
Plein 24, 2511 CS The Hague

If you have not received an invitation but are interested in attending, please write an e-mail to:

secretariat@nhkba.nl

This event can be attended by invitation only.

Hong Kong TDC Reschedules Diamond, Gem & Pearl plus Jewellery Show

In line with the measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government against the spread of the novel coronavirus, and after consultation with representatives of the jewellery industry, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council has decided to reschedule its HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 2-6 March) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 4-8 March) to 18-21 May 2020. The twin shows will be concurrently held at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

In a brief statement, the HKTDC wrote that ” The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the HKTDC”.

The HKTDC will monitor the situation closely and will provide details of the rescheduling arrangements to exhibitors and buyers. For enquiries, please email HKTDC at: hkjewelry.visitor@hktdc.org.

Website Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show 2020

Website Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2020

HKTDC Reschedules All April Trade Fairs in Hong Kong

In line with the measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government against the spread of the novel coronavirus, and after consultation with industry representatives, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council has decided to reschedule eight HKTDC trade fairs originally scheduled between 6-30 April 2020. Under the new arrangement, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition), the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), the HKTDC International ICT Expo, the HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week, the HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair will be held concurrently from 25 to 28 July 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.  

For the most updated information about the rescheduling, as well as the health protection measures that have been implemented at our event venues, please click here.

NHKBA Chairman attends CNY Reception NCBC

NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis attended the Chinese New Year Reception of the Netherlands China Business Council on Thursday 6th February 2020 at Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar.

In the photo: Boudewijn Poldermans,  Boardmember of the NCBC, Dr Xu Hong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands,  Jochum Haakma, Chairman of the NCBC and Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA.

NHKBA Chinese New Year Dinner 2020 in Laren Huge Success!

February 7 

    

KUNG HAY FAT CHOY !!!

The annual Chinese New Year Dinner of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, held on 7th February 2020 Golden River Restaurant in Laren, was a huge success. Members of the Association and invited guests enjoyed a fabulous Chinese dinner, music by Laiying Wang and friends and the fantastic atmosphere of the resutaurant.

The proprietor of Golden River Restaurant, Hemmy Wong, is a past chairman and board member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association. Current NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis presented Mr Wong with a certificate naming him an “Honorary Member” of the Association.

A Lucky Draw with fabulous prizes was held during the dinner to raise money for the Foodlink Foundation in Hong Kong.

Founded in 2001, the Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.

The top prize of the Lucky Draw: 2 tickets Amsterdam – Hong Kong offered by Cathay Pacific Airways!

This prize was won by Mr Michael Pronk of 1421 Consulting Group.

The total amount raised on the evening was Euro 3333.

This event was supported and sponsored by:

     

      

   

    

    

 

In Memoriam: Toke Reijs, DEKRA

The secretariat of the NHKBA was informed that Ms Toke Reijs, Global Retail Sales Director at Dekra, passed away on 1st February 2020 at the age of 49.

Her colleague Bram Holtus, the managing director of DEKRA Certification BV, wrote the following obituary :

“Following challenges, amongst others in Italy, Toke joined DEKRA (then KEMA) in 2001, at that time on the brink of entering the retail segment. Her drive, positivism and collegiality were characteristic of everything she did. With these characteristics, Toke managed to meet both private and business challenges.

In personal collaboration, Toke was always very open, transparent and outspoken and always very considerate about and attentive to her environment.

Toke was enormously gifted on a relational level. Toke started, maintained and developed corporate relationships as second nature. As a Key account manager for multinationals such as Carrefour and Philips, she managed to achieve excellent results in her own authentic way.

This earned her a nomination in both 2004 and 2008 of the prestigious election of the SMA key account manager of the year.

Toke always spoke passionately about the regular trips to Texel. And the enthusiasm sparkled in her eyes when she talked about her experiences with Mark and Jelle. The endeavors on the catamaran, how proud she spoke about Jelle’s fishing events. She enjoyed this to the fullest and love eminated from every word she devoted to this.

Toke was very passionate, a powerful woman and she knew how to turn doubt into strength with fighting spirit. When she fell ill in 2017, it was her ultimate challenge to overcome this. How she subsequently described and shared this challenge was impressive. Unfortunately, cancer was diagnosed shortly thereafter, and although it is unimaginable, this fight turned out to be one she could not win.

In Toke we lose a fantastic colleague but above all a wonderful person. We wish Mark, Jelle, family and friends lot s of strength!”

Bram Holtus

DEKRA is a corporate member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

1421 Offering Pro Bono Consulting Services to Businesses impacted by the Novel Coronavirus

On the 13th of February, 1421 Consulting Group is offering pro bono consults for people who are worried about the future of their business in China due to the Novel Coronavirus and help them navigate the crisis.

Companies can schedule a pro bono consult with one of our consultants, and discuss their concerns. 1421 can answer questions regarding the impact of the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak on businesses and industries.

1421 consultants are located in China and the US. The consultants are available regardless of the time zone you are in. Send an email to qianxu@1421.consulting to schedule an appointment!

Source: 1421 Consulting Group

1421 Consulting Group is a member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

Chinese New Year Dinner 2020 in Laren Huge Success!

 

KUNG HAY FAT CHOY !!!

The annual Chinese New Year Dinner of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, held on 7th February 2020 Golden River Restaurant in Laren was a huge success. Members of the Association and invited guests enjoyed a fabulous Chinese dinner, music by Laiying Wang and friends and the fantastic atmosphere of the resutaurant.

The proprietor of Golden River Restaurant, Hemmy Wong, is a past chairman and board member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association. Current NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis presented Mr Wong with a certificate naming him an “Honorary Member” of the Association.

A Lucky Draw with fabulous prizes was held during the dinner to raise money for the Foodlink Foundation in Hong Kong.

 

Founded in 2001, the Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.

The top prize of the Lucky Draw: 2 tickets Amsterdam – Hong Kong offered by Cathay Pacific Airways!

This prize was won by Mr Michael Pronk of 1421 Consulting Group.

The total amount raised on the evening was Euro 3333.

This event was supported and sponsored by:

    

     

 

   

   

 

CHINESE/SPANISH CONSORTIUM TO BUILD HONG KONG’S DESALINATION PLANT

Source: Aquatech

Chinese/Spanish consortium to build Hong Kong’s desalination plant

Resilience against climate change challenges

Plans to bolster Hong Kong with additional desalination capacity are moving ahead to provide resilience against climate change challenges and low levels of rainfall.

The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department (WSD) has commissioned an international construction consortium under a design-build-operate (DBO) arrangement to build the 135,000 m³/day project.

Worth HKD9.018 billion (€1.042 billion), the Tseung Kwan O project will use reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and construction is expected to start this month, with the plant set to be operational in 2023.

The operation contract will be valid for ten years, with the possibility of a five-year extension.

Spanish company ACCIONA makes up 20 per cent of the consortium, along with Jardine Engineering (20 per cent) and China State (60 per cent).

For the operation & maintenance (O&M), ACCIONA will take the lead share (66.5 per cent), followed by Jardine Engineering (21.5 per cent) and China State (12.5 per cent).

Desalination history in Hong Kong

The desalination plant is part of a wider strategy to reduce long-term reliance upon imported water from the Dongjiang river in China.

Since 1965 Hong Kong has imported up to 70 per cent of its total water supply from the Dongjiang.

Seawater desalination is one of six water resources listed under Hong Kong’s long-term goals for water security, also including Dongjiang water, local yield, seawater for flushing, reclaimed water, and grey water re-use.

Feasibility studies were carried out in 2002 and 2007 into the use of RO membrane technology in relation to potable water and Hong Kong Drinking Water Standards.

A strategic water resource

Engineering consultancy Black & Veatch (B&V) will provide design and construction supervision across the first phase of the project.

B&V also completed Hong Kong’s first desalination plant in 1976, which was decommissioned in 1981 due to “high operation costs and excessive electricity consumption”, according to the City University of Hong Kong.

“The proposed desalination plant will provide Hong Kong with a strategic water resource which is not susceptible to the impact of climate change,” said a spokesman for the WSD.

“The desalination plant will adopt the technology of reverse osmosis, which has been confirmed with a previous pilot study to be effective in producing potable water complying with the Hong Kong Drinking Water Standards under local conditions.”

Expanding Acciona’s Asia footprint

ACCIONA has been previously involved in construction projects in Hong Kong.

In Vietman, the company was awarded the contract to design and build the Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2016, it was awarded a contract for the Putatan 2 brackish drinking water plant in Muntinlupa, south of Manila, in The Philippines, serving a population of six million.

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Reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat,19 February

Mr Eddie Cheung, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union and Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association are hosting the “Night at the Opera” concert and buffet reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year on Wednesday 19th February 2020

from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs
Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
Plein 24, 2511 CS The Hague

If you have not received an invitation but are interested in attending, please write an e-mail to:

secretariat@nhkba.nl

This event can be attended by invitation only.