Year of the Monkey

The Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration event was held on 22 February at Amsterdam’s grand Beurs van Berlage building, the former site of the stock exchange. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

More than 250 guests from the Chinese network in the Netherlands were welcomed in the stately halls of the Beurs van Berlage. A welcome speech was given by Deputy Mayor Laurens Ivens, and a keynote speech was given by Mr. Chen Xu, the Ambassador of the P.R. of China to the Netherlands.

This well-attended business networking event was hosted by amsterdam inbusiness, which is the official foreign investment agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, and by the China Business Council, which is part of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH). 

Amsterdam home to more and more Chinese businesses

Much as it was in the days when the Beurs van Berlage was still the city’s stock exchange, Amsterdam remains a thriving business centre where openness towards other cultures is a crucial element. This helps explain why more than 2,700 foreign companies have chosen to set up shop in Amsterdam, including more and more businesses from China. 

China is now one of the major growth countries investing in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, and the Amsterdam region is currently home to companies such as Huawei, China Southern Airlines, and Hikvision, as well as banks such as the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and China Construction Bank  (CCB). amsterdam inbusiness offers a special website in Chinese to provide more information to interested parties.