Jonckheer: “Bilateral ties between China and the Netherlands also positive for Curaçao”
WILLEMSTAD - Recently, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was in the Netherlands for a historic visit. It was the first time in 14 years that a visit like this took place in the Kingdom. Premier Li Keqiang was in the Netherlands to make "strides" in bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Premier spoke highly of the Sino-Dutch practical cooperation at the business forum. He said the two governments will create an open and fair environment for business cooperation between the two countries.
Ahead of the forum, enterprises of the two countries signed a series of agreements worth nearly 10 billion U.S. dollars, which covers energy, finance, aviation, agricultural science and technology.
The Premier said China will deepen reforms and opening-up, and the country is willing to expand cooperation with the Netherlands on all fronts in the spirit of openness and inclusiveness, as well as mutual learning and mutual benefit. According to the Premier Li, China is ready to declare with the Netherlands that they are committed to protecting multilateralism and free trade, improve the multilateral trading system, and join hands in coping with unilateralism challenges as well as jointly response to challenges of human society. Dutch companies are welcome to increase investment in China and share the dividend of China's new round of opening up and high-quality development, Li said.
This gives a tremendous boost to the Dutch economy which is already seeing a lift. It is interesting to know how Curaçao can also benefit from the agreements between the Netherlands and China.
In an interview with the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Billy Jonckheer, he said that the visit is important because Curaçao and the Netherlands work closely within the Kingdom.
“It gives us the opportunity to see how we can do business with China, not only the Netherlands but also the Dutch islands in the Caribbean, including Curaçao.”
Jonckheer says that he is sure that discussions were taking place before the visit of the Chinese Premier that also had to do with Curaçao. “China has a Consulate here. As a matter of fact, the Chamber of Commerce in Curaçao really lobbied for the Consulate to be established here.”
“What we do know is that any economic agreement between these two countries opens doors for us too,” said Jonckheer.
Premier Li called on Dutch enterprises to explore the Chinese market and partner with Chinese enterprises for innovation cooperation. “With a population of 1.4 billion, China has a vast market. Consumption is in the process of becoming the main growth driver of the Chinese economy, which creates enormous potential for the innovative products of Dutch enterprises in China.”
"The Chinese economy is going through a stage of transformation and upgrading. The growth of better quality calls for international innovation cooperation," Li said at the China-Netherlands Business Forum in the Netherlands.
Curaçao must use this opportunity to draw closer to China. This good relationship could mean that in the future Curaçao can ease visa requirements and provide convenience for the Chinese and have more business relations with them. The Chamber of Commerce has already requested this.