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The 20th Hong Kong Forum

  • Exclusive annual flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide
  • A global network with over 13,000 members from the 43 Hong Kong business associations in 32 countries and economies
  • To keep members abreast of the latest market intelligence
  • To network with fellow associates from around the world!

2018 HONG KONG FORUM HIGHLIGHTS

360 participants from 28 countries and economies.

A video highlight of the last Forum here

The Speakers’ videos are available here

Photos taken at the last Forum here

SAVE THE DATE : 3-4 December 2019

Exclusively for member associates of
the Federation of HK Business Associations Worldwide
Online registration begins in June

Please stay tuned!

China Business Awards 2019

The China Business Award Returns
Save the Date: 21 November

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and the Netherlands China Business Council will jointly present the Chinese Business Award 2019 to two Dutch companies who have performed exceptionally well in the Chinese market in the past 24 months.

This year, companies will be nominated in the sectors Agro-Food and Hi-Tech. In addition, the Hong Kong Shooting Star Award will be presented by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in HK to the Dutch company with the best performance in the Hong Kong market.

With special speakers and guests, the China Business Award event will be one of the highlights of the year.
The ceremony will take place in Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar.

Seminar, Cocktail Reception and Dinner on theme The Greater Bay Initiative

Date: 2nd July

Attend the Seminar and Reception Free of Charge!

Update: Speaker from MVRDV – well known for designing a.o. the Markthal in Rotterdam and the Tianjin Binhai Library – will join seminar!

Our annual  Seminar, Cocktail and Dinner will be held at the Mainport Hotel by Inntel in the heart of Rotterdam on Tuesday 2nd July.

Seminar theme: The Greater Bay Initiative: a rival to Silicon Valley and Wall Street?

The goal of the Greater Bay Area initiative is to build a world-class city cluster across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau region. By 2030, the region is expected to play a leading role in advanced manufacturing, innovation, shipping, trade and finance, not only in China, but in the world.

The line-up of speakers will give the participants insights in the current developments, innovations and opportunities for Dutch businesses in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area

 

Programme

14:00 hrs            Registration, Coffee and Tea

14:30 hrs            Seminar Session 1

15:45 hrs            Break

16:05 hrs            Seminar Session 2

17:30 hrs            Cocktail Reception

18:30 hrs            Dinner

21:30 hrs            End of Dinner

 

Seminar

Moderator:

Mr. Andries Hendriksen
Advisor and Investor
Former resident of Hong Kong | Banker

 

Line up of confirmed speakers:

 Mr. Nicholas Kwan
Director of Research
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Topic: The Greater Bay Initiative Explained: origin, purpose and opportunities.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets.

For more information about the research reports of the HKTDC, please click here.

 

Mr. Benno Leeser
Owner President
Gassan Diamonds.

Topic: Diamonds are Forever; How to attract customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Gassan Diamonds was founded in 1945 by Benno Leeser’s grandfather Samuel Gassan. In 2013 it was named the “Family Company of the Year”. Mr Leeser received a Knighthood in 2016 when he became Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. At present he is the owner and President of  22 Jewellery and Watch shops in Amsterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Changi Airport in Singapore. Gassan Diamonds receives thousands of Chinese visitors in their diamond polishing factory in the Netherlands each year.

 

Mr. Jacco Bouw
CEO
Webpower.

Topic: Digital marketing strategies for the GBA.

Jacco founded Webpower in 1999. He is a specialist in the development of the e-mail marketing industry in both the Netherlands and China. In 2011 he became the Dutch Online Media Man of the year and one of the “Conquerors of the World” (an award for Dutch entrepreneurs who have successfully expanded their company overseas). He is the co-author of the book ‘Face I.T. – marketing to China’s netizens’.

 

Mr. Robert Rubinstein
Chairman and Founding Partner
TBLI Group
.

Topic: Hong Kong as a Financial Centre;

Sustainable investing, opportunities in Hong Kong and the GBA.

The Mission of the TBLI Group is to create an inclusive values based economy. The main focus hereby is on the social, environmental (or ecological) and financial aspect of its investments.

 

Speaker representing MVRDV

Topic: Designing for the Greater Bay Initiative.

The Rotterdam based company MVRDV provides solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. Well known creations include the Markthal in Rotterdam and the Tianjin Binhai Library. In Hong Kong they realised, among other projects, the 133 Wai Yip Street building.

 

Speaker representing Loyens & Loeff


Topic: Offering Legal services to Western Companies in the Greater Bay Area.

 

And after.. Join us for the reception and 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. A delicious buffet dinner will be prepared for you.

Special guests, including
Ms Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union;
Jochum Haakma, Chairman Netherlands Chian Business Council and EU-China Business Association;
will join NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis and other members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and their guests.

 

Dinner Speeches

Dr. James Ding
Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and
Resolution Office
Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 

Dr James Ding obtained LL.B (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong, LL.M from Kyushu University, Japan and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He became a barrister in Hong Kong in 1997
and joined the Department of Justice in 1999. He also taught on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong from 1998-1999. Was seconded to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands in 2001. He attended negotiations of several Hague Conventions as a member of the Chinese delegation and was also a member of the Drafting Committee for the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.

 

Mr. Lucas de Man
Creator, presenter, TV Host and Artistic Director.

Lucas De Man (Belgium, 1982) graduated his studies as a Theatre Director in Amsterdam in 2008. Besides his work for New Heroes, Lucas De Man works as a freelance director, actor and concept developer for amongst others Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Frascati and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. He hosts a variety of cultural programs, gives lectures and is a guest lecturer at different schools every now and then. Lucas won several prizes for his directing work, and together with scenographer Pascal Leboucq he was nominated for a renowned Scenography award for their installation SKETCH.

Lucas will perform part of his show ‘Meet the Millennials’. In Meet the millennials he will take you on a trip to China to meet the new generation millennials. He gives an insight into how these millennials make a difference in a complex and quickly changing world. Meet the Millennials is more than a story, a travelogue or a documentary. It is a journey of discovery full of imagination that provides insight into today’s challenges.

 

Participation Fees

Seminar and reception only: Free of charge

Seminar, reception and dinner (limited number of seats available)

  • Members € 100 (excl VAT)
  • NCBC Members € 140 (ex VAT)
  • Non-members € 180 excl VAT

Price per corporate table of 8 persons: € 1800 excl VAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Seminar on Greater Bay Initiative, Rotterdam, 2 July

Visit the Seminar and Reception Free of Charge!

Tuesday 2 July, 14:00 – 21:30 hrs

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Invest HK and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the

Seminar, Cocktail Reception and Dinner
on Tuesday 2nd July at the Mainport by Inntel Hotel in Rotterdam

Seminar: 14:30 – 17:30 hrs
Reception: 17:30 – 18:30 hrs
Dinner: 18:30 – 21:30 hrs

Join the seminar and reception free of charge

You can even bring a guest.

See the registration form for the participation costs for members and non-members.

Seminar: The Greater Bay Initiative

A rival to Silicon Valley and Wall Street?

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area or GBA) comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. The total area is 56,000 km2 and the total population was around 70 million by late 2017.

During the free seminar on July 2nd, expert speakers from China, Hong Kong and Europe will focus on the creation of the GBA as well as on the opportunities for Dutch companies in this area.

 

Speakers

Mr. Nicholas Kwan

Director of Research, Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Topic: The Greater Bay Initiative Explained: origin, purpose and opportunities.

 

Mr. Benno Leeser

Owner President of Gassan Diamonds.

Topic: Diamonds are Forever; How to attract customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

 

Mr. Jacco Bouw

CEO of Webpower.

Topic: Digital marketing strategies for the GBA.

 

Mr. Robert Rubinstein

Chairman and Founding Partner of the TBLI Group.

Topic: Hong Kong as a Financial Centre
Sustainable investing, opportunities in Hong Kong and the GBA.

 

Mr. Jan Knikker (tbc)

Jan Knikker is a Partner at the famous company MVRDV. MVRDV was founded in 1993. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, they  provide solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world.

MVRDV has been active in China for many years. Their projects include the famous Tianjin Binhai Library.  In Shenzhen, MVRDV  is presently working on the Vanke 3D City.

And after.. Join us for the reception and 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. A delicious buffet dinner will be prepared for you.

Special guests, including Henry Tsoi, Deputy for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union,;
William Chui, Regional Director Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council;
Jochum Haakma, Chairman Netherlands Chian Business Council and EU-China Business Association;
will join NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis and other members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and their guests.

 

 

Speakers During Dinner

Ms. Teresa Cheng SC

Secretary for Justice for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Ms. Teresa Cheung was a Senior Counsel in private practice before joining the Government. She is also a chartered engineer and chartered arbitrator. She was frequently engaged as arbitrator or counsel in complex international commercial or investment disputes. Ms. Cheng was one of the founders and Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law. She is a Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

 

 

Mr. Lucas de Man

Creator, presenter, TV Host and Artistic Director. Lucas will perform part of his show ‘Meet the Millennials’. In Meet the millennials he will take you on a trip to China to meet the new generation millennials. He gives an insight into how these millennials make a difference in a complex and quickly changing world. Meet the Millennials is more than a story, a travelogue or a documentary. It is a journey of discovery full of imagination that provides insight into today’s challenges.

 
 
 

 

Click here to register

 

 

Are you unable to attend and wish to no longer receive updates
and reminders? Please email us on secretariat@nhkba.nl, and you will
no longer receive emails for this event.

 

Merzario Moves to New Office

NHKBA member Merzario, a forwarding agent and specialist in logistics, is moving from their premises in Ridderkerk to a new and much bigger office in Rotterdam. The new office will be officially opened by Mayor Aboutaleb on 1st June.

Merzario has offices in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The contact details of Merzario’s new head office are:

K.P. van der Mandelelaan 20 
3062 MB, Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T: +31 10 31 66 500

E: sales@merzario.nl

Hans Poulis re-elected as Chairman

At the Annual General Meeting of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, held on 21st May 2019 in Rotterdam, Mr. Hans Poulis was re-elected as Chairman of the association for two years.

Treasurer Ms Paula Kant was also re-elected. The other board members of the NHKBA were confirmed by the AGM in 2018 and did not require re-election.

The members of the board of the NHKBA for 2019-2020 are:

  • Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman
  • Ms Jacqueline Baud, Vice-Chairman
  • Ms. Paula Kant, Treasurer
  • Ms Weng Shen Cheung, Member
  • Mr. Marco van Naarden, Member
  • Mr. David Marsden, Member

Rotterdam, 22 May 2019

41st AGM NHKBA in Rotterdam

The board of the Society is pleased to invite you for the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association. The AGM will be held on Tuesday, 21st May at the beautiful Schielandshuis, Korte Hoogstraat 31, 3011 GK Rotterdam.

Following the AGM you are invited to attend two guest lectures; the first by Mr. Edo de Ronde of Rotterdam Partners and the second by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, and a cocktail reception offered by the NHKBA.

nb: the agenda and other documents relevant to the AGM will be sent  by e-mail separately.

About the Speakers:

Rotterdam Partners is responsible for the city marketing, acquisition marketing and helping with the development of a better business climate. The agency promotes the Rotterdam region nationally and internationally.

Mr. Edo de Ronde of Rotterdam Partners will talk about how they changed the international image of Rotterdam so that today it is recognised as one of the “must visit” places in the world. A place that draws admirers of modern architecture as well as organisers of conferences, international companies and students. A story of an ugly duckling that turned into a glorious swan.

Mr. Hans Poulis is CEO of IGC International, Chairman of the NHKBA and, since December 2018, Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. He will speak about the new direction of the Federation in Europe and around the world and how the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association can and will be a part of this new direction.

The presentations will be followed by a cocktail reception in Brasserie “Schielandshuis” on the ground floor.

Programme:

15:00 hrs :          Welcome & registration

15:30 hrs :           Annual General Meeting  (nb: for NHKBA members only)

16:30 hrs :          Break

16:45 hrs :          Introduction by Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA 

                                  Speech by Mr. Edo de Ronde, Business Manager Asia & Logistics at Rotterdam Partners

                                  Speech by Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA, Vice Chairman of the FHKBAW

17:15 hrs :         Cocktail Reception (You can visit the visitor’s centre and the “Rotterdam Discovery” section)

19:00 hrs :         End

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Documents pertaining to the AGM:

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Please register before Tuesday 14 May 2019.

Participation is free of charge for members of the NHKBA and special guests.

We look forward to welcoming you on 21st May 2019!

Newsletter InvestHK

The latest edition of the quarterly newsletter of InvestHK has been published. In this edition: a special feature on “New Business Opportunities under the Outline Development Plan of the Greater Bay Area”; the Hong Kong Budget 2019-2020; Focus on Hong Kong as leading Dispute Resolution Hub; and a number of case studies.

Click here to access the newsletter.

New HK Government website on Greater Bay Area

The Hong Kong Government has built a website with a great deal of information about the socalled “Greater Bay Area”. This Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. The total area is 56 000 km2and the total population was around 70 million as at end 2017.

Click here to visit the website.