Chinese ambassador H.E. Mr. Wu Ken and his wife visited Purmerend on Wednesday, June 28th. Together with a Chinese delegation, they became acquainted with the city of Purmerend and companies and entrepreneurs. The visit signposted cooperation in the field of economics and healthcare. The Chinese ambassador and his wife were welcomed by mayor Don Bijl and his wife and city council member Harry Rotgans.
The delegation from China got acquainted with high-quality solutions in Purmerend for social issues such as energy and sustainability. A bus tour led the trade mission along the Koemarkt, Melkwegbrug, Kop West, Baanstee Noord and the golf course. The bio-thermal power plant was also visited. “City heating Purmerend” is the most sustainable heat company in the Netherlands. The bio-thermal power plant fires on wood chips from the State Forestry. There was also spoken about the Metropolitan region of Amsterdam and attention was paid to the cooperation between ICT companies and education. The visit was concluded with a meeting in Villa Clementine.
Dutch and Chinese business people are finding each other better and better. For example, in recent years, many cooperative relationships and investments have been made in the field of environment, water and urban development. Purmerend entrepreneurs – together with the municipality of Purmerend – want to organize a trade mission to the Guangdong region. They are looking for Chinese partners, in the field of innovation, sustainability and IT. The municipality supports such initiatives of businesses. City council member Harry Rotgans: “There is a growing interest from China for the economic opportunities in our region, the way we organized our healthcare and how we managed our energy supply in a sustainable and green way. Furthermore Purmerend entrepreneurs want to orient themselves to the Chinese market and the opportunities that can offer cooperation with Chinese entrepreneurs.”
Municipality of Purmerend: Published on 28 June 2017