The Chinese government plays an important and influential role in the Chinese economy and in business activities. Whereas the central government makes fundamental policies such as the Five-year plans and determines the scope and framework of the economy and society, it is the regional (provincial and municipalities) governments that usually have large influence on concrete projects. Therefore, a healthy friendship relation with local governments can be very beneficial to certain projects or businesses, especially for SME foreign companies.
The Netherlands maintain good governmental relations with China, from the top level all the way to city and county level. Apart from bilateral diplomatic relations and multiple national agreements, 26 Dutch provinces and cities have established friendship relations with their Chinese counterparts. This kind of governmental support has significantly contributed to the success of Dutch companies' business interests in China.
Since 2012, Dutch Sino Business Promotions has been selected as the service provider of Province of Zuid-Holland, in order to maintain its China activities. In addition, Dutch Sino Business Promotions regularly works for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rotterdam Municipality, Westland Municipality, Lansingerland Municipality and semi-governmental organisations such as Innovation Quarter, Port of Rotterdam, etc. and has established good working relations with the Dutch Embassy, Consulate and NBSO offices in China.
Over the years, Dutch Sino Business Promotions has built up a large network among Chinese governmental organisations as well, including the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, the Province of Hebei, the Province of Yunnan, the Municipality of Shanghai, Shanghai Pudong New Area, Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), Xiong’an New Area, the City of Dezhou, etc.