Minister Ploumen to visit China to discuss trade and development

From Monday 28 to Thursday 30 October, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen will be visiting China. She will be accompanied by over 30 companies operating in various sectors, including logistics, health care and agriculture. While there, the minister will speak about the role that businesses and government can play to promote sustainable production.

This is Ms Ploumen’s third visit to China. ‘It’s good to show our face in China regularly. This helps our businesses to achieve results,’ she said. ‘By maintaining our ties, we improve the investment climate in both directions, and keep up the dialogue on other matters like development cooperation.’

The visit begins in the economic heart of China, Shanghai. While there, the minister will open the Holland Centre, a Dutch-financed information hub where entrepreneurs from the agricultural sector can obtain advice about how to break into the Chinese market. The programme in Shanghai also includes a meeting on corporate social responsibility and a speech at Fudan University, where Ms Ploumen will talk in detail about opportunities for collaborating with China on development cooperation. ‘Here, too, China is coming to occupy an ever more important position in the world.’

The visit will conclude in the capital, Beijing. Following a talk with the Chinese commerce minister Ms Ploumen will meet with Chinese business leaders and NGOs to discuss the sustainable production of palm oil. China is the world’s largest producer of palm oil. The Netherlands stands ready to share expertise that could lead to better production methods and greater food security. Finally, the minister will attend the signing of a number of agreements which will help create the conditions for closer cooperation between Chinese and Dutch businesses.