The Netherlands signs agreement with Hong Kong

In the presence of Dutch waste treatment companies, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen signed a partnership agreement with the authorities of Hong Kong, with the aim of fostering greater cooperation in the field of waste processing between the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Companies, knowledge institutes, industry and government will work together closely over the next several years on training, innovation, exchanging experiences, and in formulating and implementing waste and recycling policy for Hong Kong.

Waste crisis

‘Dutch companies will profit from this,’ said Ms Ploumen. ‘The authorities in Hong Kong have described the present situation as a “waste crisis”. Something must be done quickly to process the large amount of waste in an environmentally friendly way. Hong Kong is looking for partners in innovation. The Netherlands has the expertise and experience in the field of waste treatment to support Hong Kong. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do over the next few years.’

Technological cooperation

On the first day of Ms Ploumen’s trade mission, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Dutch company WSS  and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to set the stage for technological cooperation. The minister is pleased with such an auspicious start to her mission. ‘My goal is to support Dutch companies in seizing the enormous opportunities offered by the growing Chinese economy.’


Fifty companies are travelling with the minister to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. During the trade mission, a number of these companies will conclude contracts with Chinese firms. Others will be introduced to Chinese firms through ‘speed-dating’ sessions, trade dinners and other meetings. The minister has said that she will do everything in her power to ensure that the mission leads to more orders for Dutch companies.