Last Friday saw the opening of the newest addition to the Dutch diplomatic and economic network in China: the Consulate-General in Chongqing was opened by the current Dutch ambassador to China, Mr. Aart Jacobi, and the vice-mayor of Chongqing.
I had a sneak peek in the office just the week before: looking out across Chongqing from the 52nd Floor of the Yingli International Financial Center was a pretty impressive sight. The CG’s main task is economic diplomacy: supporting Dutch companies interested in expanding their market to not only Chongqing but also to Sichuan or Shaanxi which the Consulate is also formally responsible for.
New openings in Chongqing & Chengdu
That the Dutch government sees a lot of possibilities in this part of China is further witnessed by the fact that not only a diplomatic representation has opened in Chongqing but a Netherlands Business Support Office has been operational in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan and only 2 hours west of Chongqing, since two years.
I already wrote about the speed at which these cities are developing. But what does that mean for potential opportunities for Dutch businesses?
Promising industries for Dutch companies
For Chengdu and Sichuan, industries that are developing quickly and are important to the region are agriculture, new energy, IT (eg gaming), creative industries, aviation and aerospace and biomedicine.
For Chongqing, these are e.g. logistics, urban development, automotive and electronics industry.
Interested in exploring these regions? Easy to get started: get in touch with these Dutch offices for some first-hand information and advice.