Looking back on this mission to Shanghai I can truly say that we achieved and even exceeded our goals. Contacts were established and strengthened on governmental level. The renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between Rotterdam and Shanghai was formalised with an official signing by mayors Aboutaleb (Rotterdam) and Mr. Ying Yong (Shanghai). Other MoUs were signed by various Rotterdam delegation members with their Chinese counterparts during this mission, including ROC Zadkine and Rotterdam University of Applied Science (with Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences), Erasmus University Rotterdam (with Shanghai Jiao Tong University), KLG-ITM (with Lanzhou Rail Department), Erasmus MC (with Harbour BioMed). Many new trade contacts were established and some 15 contracts were signed. These results and the positive atmosphere during the entire mission are testament to the potential social and economic value that can come from collaboration between public bodies, companies and knowledge institutes.
I would like to thank all the delegation members of this Shanghai Rotterdam 40 Years mission and the people that helped make this mission a success. Let’s make sure this is not the end of a journey, but the start of new collaborations and continued exchange of knowledge and expertise, creating opportunities in both cities. Later this year a delegation led by one of the vice mayors of Shanghai will visit Rotterdam and provide a follow to the recent visit to Shanghai, undoubtedly leading to new contacts and opportunities. Rotterdam Partners is already looking forward to that.
Manager International Trade & Investment, Rotterdam Partners