Hong Kong as a Sourcing Hub, revisited

From the day the British took possession of the Island of Hong Kong in 1841 until quite recently, HK has been a major place for buying and sourcing.

Even though the internet and fast connections with China and other manufacturing countries have made it easier for buyers to find products and visit the facturies, Asia’s World City is still a very important buying and sourcing hub.

A number of specialized companies in Hong Kong assist overseas companies with finding new products and suitable manufacturers, but also offer services such as independent quality control and logistical support that may include warehousing. One of these companies is NHKBA member Follow Ltd.

In the week of 14-18 September, the NHKBA and InvestHK will jointly organise an event which will focus on the role of Hong Kong as a buying and sourcing hub.

Special guests will include Ms Angelica Leung. Head of Consumer Products, Invest HK.


NOTE: Date, time and venue will be announces as soon as possible.


in the photo: Ms Angelica Leung

In memoriam: Marcel Kortenbout van der Sluijs

The secretariat of the NHKBA was informed that our former member Mr Marcel Kortenbout van der Sluijs passed away on 2nd April 2020 in Amsterdam at the age of 92.

Marcel was born in Almelo on 23 May 1927.  As an employee of the insurance firm Hudig-Langeveldt, he visited China already in the 1970s. He lived several years in Hong Kong.

Back in the Netherlands, he joined the Netherlands Hong Kong Society and attended many meetings in the last decades of the 20th century.

Many of the older members of the NHKBA will remember Marcel as a friendly and social person who was passionate about the Far East.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family Kortenbout van der Sluijs.





AmCham HK and Facebook Offer free on-line workshops: COVID-19 & Beyond

COVID-19 & Beyond: Why it’s time to transform your (big and small) business

A series of 5 episodes for Hong Kong economic recovery



Fully supported by Facebook, AmCham HK brings to you a series of free Facebook LIVE sessions with Hong Kong’s leading retail leaders and experts in guiding big and small businesses through the hard times of coronavirus. These 5 episodes of sessions will be held at lunch time in Hong Kong , and focus on a variety of topics in combating the virus with tips to be innovative. 

AmCham HK Facebook Page:

NHKBA Member VanderVen Oriental Art Looking Ahead

As so many companies, Vanderven Oriental Art, a leading Dutch expert in the field of Asian Antiques, is facing challenges due to the Corona virus pandemic. However, director Floris Van der Ven is already looking forward to the period after Covid-19. Have a look at the virtual tour of their attractive booth at the TEFAF Maastricht fair, that was held in early March. You can even see it in a VR version. You can also follow Vanderven on their WeChat account (in Chinese, ID: Vanderven). A new article will be posted there shortly.

NHKBA Member Van Gogh Museum invites you for a virtual visit


Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, drawings and letters offer inspiration and consolation in times of hardship. These days, with the coronavirus holding our world in an iron grip, this might even be more true.

The mission of the museum is to provide access to the life and work of Vincent van Gogh to everybody – including those who aren’t able to visit the museum in person.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is now temporarily closed, but they are bringing the museum to you through its website and social media. There is a lot to discover online and everybody is always welcome.

A selection of tips:

– Dive into our collection of online stories to learn everything about Van Gogh

– For children: colouring pages, short videos and digital school lessons

– Walk through the museum with the virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture

– Watch the many YouTube videos about Vincent van Gogh

– Discover Van Gogh’s letters and be captivated by his words

– Find many more tips on the Museum’s special page ‘We bring the museum to you’

DutchCham Webinar “COVID-19: From Response To Recovery”

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong will organise a video conference on 19 March on the topic of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Members of the NHKBA can join the conference for free from the Netherlands.

As the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, organisations across the globe find themselves in various stages of the crisis management lifecycle, with companies in China experiencing by far the most severe immediate impact. Business operations around the world have been hit to varying degrees by the spread of the virus and increasingly, government measures to contain it.

Speakers at the video-conference will highlight different angles.

Chairman of DutchCham, Ms Maaike van Meer will reveal the impact the outbreak has had so far on our members by sharing a summary of our recent survey. The second speaker is CEO of Gleneagles Hospital, Mr Dirk Schraven. He will zoom in on the overall response of Hong Kong healthcare system, its potential scenarios and bottlenecks and practical tips. Since it is impossible to predict the scope, severity and duration of the outbreak, companies will need to prepare for a protracted crisis that might last for months, with the emergence of a broad and complex set of challenges. The third speaker, Mr Kent Kedl from Control Risks, will share his analysis on the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses in Greater China and beyond and the key areas of focus for business leaders in the coming months.

7:30 AM – Welcome and opening virtual webinar

7:35 AM – Introduction by Ms Maaike van Meer, Chairman of the Dutch Chamber in Hong Kong

7:50 AM – Health impact by Mr Dirk Schraven, Chief Executive Officer at Gleneagles Hospital

8:05 AM – What to focus on and prepare for in the coming months by Mr Kent Kedl of Control Risks

8:20 AM – Q & A

Members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association can register for this free-of-charge webinar by clicking on the button below and join the event either on mobile device or computer.


Please note that registrants will receive the link one day before (March 18th) to join the video conference.

Message from Chairman Hans Poulis

Dear member and friends,

A health and economic crisis we have not witnessed before is hitting all of us.

On behalf of the board of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association I wish you, your family and colleagues, will remain safe in the difficult period ahead of us.

Following the guidelines of the Dutch Government, The NHKBA has decided to postpone or cancel the events that were planned in the coming months.

Instead, we are considering organising teleconferences and, if we can, video conferences so that we can brief you about the developments in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Please do not hesitate to let us know what kind of information you need most. If we do not have an answer ready, we will search for it and reply to you as soon as possible.

Our email address is . You can also call the secretariat at 0626979799.

If you wish to share information with our members and network, please let us know. We can use our website and social media to disseminate this information to others.

Please follow our tweets ( We will post information as frequently as we can on various topics that are related to Hong Kong.

Hopefully we can soon return to a more ‘normal’ situation and I hope we can then meet again at one of our events.

Sincerely yours,

Hans Poulis

Chairman Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association

Year of the Rat Welcomed at Reception of HKETO and NHKBA in The Hague

More than 150 guests attended the very successful Chinese New Year reception hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO) and the Netherlands HK Business Association (NHKBA) in Society “De Witte” in The Hague on Wednesday 19th February.

Hosts Eddy Cheung, Hong Kong’s Special Representative for Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union and Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA welcomed guests including Dr Xu Hong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands, members of the Hong Kong Chinese community in the Netherlands and members of the NHKBA and many other guests.

In their speeches, Mr Cheung and Mr Poulis mentioned the problems facing Hong Kong at present: protests and the coronavirus. Both also expressed the hope and confidence that the city would be able to overcome these problems and serve the world as a business hub with many advantages.

In the photo from left to right: Mr William Chui, Director Europe HK Trade Development Council (supporting organisation of the reception), Mr. Eddy Cheung, H.E. Dr Xu Hong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands; and Mr Hans Poulis. 

To view the photo album of the event click here.

VanderVen Oriental Art Readies for TEFAF Maastricht

NHKBA members Floris and Nynke van der Ven are getting ready for the 2020 TEFAF Maastricht, the world famous art and antiques fair, which will be held from 7 – 15 March 2020.

Vanderven Oriental Art is an internationally renowned family run business specialising in Chinese art. The emphasis of the collection lies in Chinese ceramics; pottery from the Han and Tang periods and porcelain from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. We also have an outstanding collection of Chinese works of art including (archaic) bronzes, jades, glass, wooden and iron objects.

In the photo: Floris van der Ven (sitting) receiving NHKBA members at his gallery on 3 May 2018.

VanderVen Oriental Art can be found at the TEFAF in booth 104, close to the entrance.

For more information on the TEFAF, please visit the website:

For more information about VanderVen Oriental Art, please visit the website:

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


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:

This event can be attended by invitation only.