Comprehensive Cabinet delegation on trade mission to China

From 8 to 13 April 2018, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten, Minister for Medical Care and Sports Bruno Bruins, and State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Stientje van Veldhoven will be in China on a trade mission. Hans de Boer, Chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW), is the business Head of Mission for this trip, in which some 165 businesses and research institutes from various sectors are taking part.

On 8 and 9 April, the Prime Minister will be in Hong Kong. His schedule there features a meeting with acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung and a round table conference on Green Finance with Dutch and local entrepreneurs. In Hong Kong, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the new Dutch Consulate General and meet with the Dutch business community.

On 10 April, the Prime Minister will attend the Bo’ao Forum on Hainan. He will address the Forum and attend a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping. On 11 April, the entire trade delegation will convene in Guangzhou, where they will attend a trade dinner with Chinese entrepreneurs and sign dozens of MoUs. The Prime Minister will round off the mission by travelling to Beijing, together with Ministers Kaag and Schouten, for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Together with Minister Kaag, he will attend a CEO round table conference. At the BFSU campus in Beijing, the Prime Minister will meet with Chinese students enrolled in Dutch programmes and with Dutch students in China.

On 9 April, Minister Kaag will start off in Shanghai, together with representatives of 65 businesses from the logistics and e-commerce sectors, with a session on International Corporate Social Responsibility. In the metropolis, she will also meet with the Vice Mayor and address a seminar on “Connectivity”. On 10 April, Minister Kaag will visit a logistics distribution hub and open a seminar on e-commerce. Subsequently, she will travel to Guangzhou, where she will visit the Vice Governor of the province, together with representatives from Dutch companies.

On 10 April, Minister Schouten will visit the Haisheng Group strawberry greenhouses in Xi'An, which originate from the Netherlands. Subsequently, she will open the seminar entitled “The Netherlands ‘Great partner’ in the modernization of Chinese agriculture and horticulture”. On 11 April, her schedule features a visit to the South China Agriculture University in Guangzhou. This university is comparable to Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands.

Minister Bruins will start the trade mission on 9 April in Beijing. He will be accompanied by representatives of 28 companies from the Life Sciences and Health sectors. Their collective working visits are intended to foster collaboration in the field of research, promote trade relations, and enhance business-to-business contacts.

Minister Bruins will also meet with a number of counterparts. On 9 April, he will see Minister Ma of the National Health Commission (the Chinese Ministry of Public Health) to set down agreements on further collaboration between the Netherlands and China in the fields of health care and public health. Later that day, he will meet with Minister Gou of Sports to discuss options for collaboration in the field of sports, for example, local neighbourhood sports and disabled sports, and in particular the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In Beijing, on 10 April, Minister Bruins will meet with Director-General Lei of the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission (the Beijing Ministry of Public Health). In Beijing, Minister Bruins and Director-General Lei will co-host the “Healthcare and Innovation” seminar on innovation in and the improvement of curative care in both countries.

On her visit to China, State Secretary Van Veldhoven will be accompanied by representatives of 39 companies engaged in sustainable mobility and committed to the circular economy. On 11 April, for example, State Secretary Van Veldhoven will kick off the Circular Economy seminar in Guangzhou and will visit sustainable businesses, together with the trade delegation. Subsequently, State Secretary Van Veldhoven will travel to Shanghai, where she will open the Accelerate Smart & Green Mobility meeting and sound the starting signal for Racing to the Future, a race for so-called new energy vehicles. China and Europe are both committed to achieving the Paris goals. State Secretary Van Veldhoven will focus on underscoring and wherever possible enhancing opportunities for collaboration.