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Presentation Nfia Chinese investment Netherlands

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Presentation about Chinese investments in the Netherlands by NFIA during the Guanxi.nu event 'Visum en Verblijf'

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Presentation Nfia Chinese investment Netherlands

  1. 1. René H.F. Vacquier Senior Project Manager
  2. 2. Agenda ABOUT THE NFIA <ul><li>In Short </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Role and Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>First Port of Call </li></ul>LOCATION THE NETHERLANDS <ul><li>6 Reasons to invest in the Netherlands </li></ul>CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN THE NETHERLANDS <ul><li>Importance of Chinese investments for NL economy </li></ul><ul><li>Role of NFIA </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges for Chinese companies </li></ul><ul><li>NFIA experiences in the field of visa, work permits and residence permits </li></ul>
  3. 3. About the NFIA <ul><li>Established in 1978 </li></ul><ul><li>Government agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Headquarters in The Hague </li></ul><ul><li>18 foreign representative offices in Europe, Asia and US </li></ul><ul><li>Total staff: 90 </li></ul><ul><li>Services provided are: </li></ul><ul><li>= free of charge </li></ul><ul><li>= without commitment </li></ul><ul><li>= on a confidential basis </li></ul>IN SHORT
  4. 4. About the NFIA The Hague London New York Boston Atlanta Chicago San Mateo Tokyo Osaka Taipei Seoul Hong Kong Shanghai Guangzhou New Delhi Singapore Kuala Lumpur Dubai FOREIGN OFFICES
  5. 5. ROLE AND TASKS About the NFIA <ul><li>The government authority for promoting and assisting foreign investments in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of acquisition activities by regional authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Report on relative changes regarding the investment climate in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Technological partner search in the Netherlands </li></ul>
  6. 6. FIRST PORT OF CALL About the NFIA <ul><li>Besides a wealth of information, we can introduce you to a variety of Dutch (governmental) </li></ul><ul><li>networks and service suppliers of relevance to the investment process in order to speed up your </li></ul><ul><li>project implementation: </li></ul><ul><li>= National, Regional and Local Authorities and Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>= Port Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>= Logistic Service Providers </li></ul><ul><li>= Dutch Customs </li></ul><ul><li>= Work Permit Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>= Immigration Office </li></ul><ul><li>= Legal & Tax Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>= Recruitment Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>= Real Estate Brokers </li></ul><ul><li>= R&D Partners </li></ul><ul><li>= Current Foreign Investors </li></ul>Introduction to the Dutch networks
  7. 7. FIRST PORT OF CALL <ul><li>If you opt to outsource logistics, we can identify potential suitable logistics service </li></ul><ul><li>providers (LSP’s) in the Netherlands. </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions to a shortlist of logistic service providers and assistance with the </li></ul><ul><li>request for quotation process. </li></ul><ul><li>Value added service of Dutch LSP’s include: </li></ul><ul><li>= warehousing </li></ul><ul><li>= pick & pack </li></ul><ul><li>= re-labeling </li></ul><ul><li>= testing & quality control </li></ul><ul><li>= product assembly & repairs </li></ul><ul><li>= stock planning </li></ul><ul><li>= order entry </li></ul><ul><li>= invoicing </li></ul><ul><li>= fiscal representation </li></ul><ul><li>= tracking & tracing </li></ul>About the NFIA Logistics Service Providers, suited to your needs
  8. 8. FIRST PORT OF CALL <ul><li>Assistance for foreign technology companies seeking European partners and a supportive business environment </li></ul><ul><li>Technology partners in the sectors like ICT, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology , Polymers, and Water Treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Established companies, universities, research institutes and start-ups </li></ul><ul><li>For collaborations in R&D programs, joint venture agreements, manufacturing agreements, license agreements </li></ul>Please note that matchmaking services are not applicable to fully developed product offerings, European customer base development, import/export initiatives or marketing research/support. About the NFIA R&D partners - Technology Matchmaking
  9. 9. FIRST PORT OF CALL <ul><li>Learn from the experiences of foreign investors, who have already chosen the Netherlands as their European base, on: </li></ul><ul><li>= Starting-up </li></ul><ul><li>= Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>= Legal structures </li></ul><ul><li>= Business processes </li></ul><ul><li>= Dutch business culture </li></ul><ul><li>Match with companies in a relevant sector, with similar activities or in your targeted region </li></ul>About the NFIA Current foreign investors - testimonial visits
  10. 10. 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Location the Netherlands <ul><li>Strategic Location in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>International Business environment </li></ul><ul><li>Superior Logistics & Technological Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Educated, Flexible and Multilingual Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Climate </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The Netherlands - the Gateway to Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically small  </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic, central location - 170 million consumers (half of the EU) within a 500 km radius. </li></ul><ul><li>Capital: Amsterdam </li></ul><ul><li>Currency: Euro (€) </li></ul><ul><li>North-South 350 km </li></ul><ul><li>West-East 200 km </li></ul>Amsterdam • Rotterdam Location the Netherlands <ul><li>Densely populated -16.4 million people - 394,3/km² </li></ul>6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Strategic location in Europe (1)
  12. 12. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Strategic location in Europe (2) <ul><li>The Netherlands is the logistics gateway to Europe, positioned in the center of the main </li></ul><ul><li>logistics activity in Western Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Economic activity along corridors from European main ports to the hinterland </li></ul><ul><li>Close to the main integrator hubs: = Brussels (DHL) = Liege (TNT) = Cologne (UPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and efficient access to European markets </li></ul>Liège Cologne Brussels Amsterdam Rotterdam London Paris Noord-Brabant
  13. 13. Location the Netherlands <ul><li>The Netherlands, long Europe's trading crossroads, is an excellent </li></ul><ul><li>location for pan-European operations. </li></ul><ul><li>An international outlook and openness to foreign </li></ul><ul><li>investment is firmly engrained in the Dutch </li></ul><ul><li>culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The Netherlands scores high on the international </li></ul><ul><li>rankings as location to do business. </li></ul><ul><li>These cover a.o.: </li></ul><ul><li>= political and macro-economical environment </li></ul><ul><li>= policies towards free enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>= foreign investment </li></ul><ul><li>= foreign trade & exchange controls </li></ul><ul><li>= taxes, financing, labor market and infrastructure </li></ul>6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS International Business Environment (1)
  14. 14. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS International Business Environment (2) <ul><li>Flexible customs and favorable taxation : </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative customs authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Computerized clearance and inspection systems </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic import and export declarations </li></ul><ul><li>VAT deferment at time of import = no impact on your cash flow </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate tax rate: 25.5% </li></ul><ul><li>A wide international tax treaty network </li></ul><ul><li>Advance tax rulings for effective tax planning </li></ul><ul><li>No withholding tax on outgoing interest payments, royalties or management fees </li></ul><ul><li>Participation exemption </li></ul><ul><li>Tax ‘discount’ for expatriate employees </li></ul>
  15. 15. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Superior logistics infrastructure <ul><li>Dominated by main ports: </li></ul><ul><li>= By Air: Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf and Eindhoven </li></ul><ul><li>= By Sea: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Moerdijk a.o. </li></ul><ul><li>The Netherlands has </li></ul><ul><li>= A vast and dense national network of road connections to all other European countries. </li></ul><ul><li>= A dense national rail network with high speed train </li></ul><ul><li>connections to Belgium, Germany, France and UK </li></ul><ul><li>= Multimodal logistic networks for distribution by road, </li></ul><ul><li>rail, short-sea and barge link directly to many European countries. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Superior technological infrastructure <ul><li>The Netherlands has a state-of-the-art, 100% digital, advanced fiber-optic network, and the </li></ul><ul><li>largest bandwidth on the European continent </li></ul><ul><li>Home to one of Europe’s largest internet hub, Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) </li></ul><ul><li>The Netherlands ranks among top EU nations for the speed, quality and reliability of </li></ul><ul><li>its telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Low telecom charge rates </li></ul>
  17. 17. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Highly educated, flexible and multilingual workforce (1) <ul><li>The Dutch workforce is a key strength of its world-renowned </li></ul><ul><li>logistics capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch workers are known for their flexibility, they </li></ul><ul><li>are also recognized throughout Europe for their </li></ul><ul><li>motivation and productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch professionals are among the most multi- </li></ul><ul><li>lingual in the world, enabling them to successfully </li></ul><ul><li>operate in companies across any industry serving </li></ul><ul><li>customers throughout the continent. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Highly educated, flexible and multilingual workforce (2) <ul><li>Flexible contracts and average wages </li></ul><ul><li>Wages and benefits are reasonable in the Netherlands and productivity is very high </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory framework offers flexibility: </li></ul><ul><li>= Flexible contracts permit you to manage </li></ul><ul><li>workload changes more easily, and respond </li></ul><ul><li>faster to peak shipping situations. </li></ul><ul><li>= Temporary contracts are the norm; </li></ul><ul><li>temporary workers may be hired for up to one </li></ul><ul><li>year, or longer. </li></ul><ul><li>= Option of participating in labor pools with other </li></ul><ul><li>companies, sharing the same skilled employees, </li></ul><ul><li>as demand requires. </li></ul>Unlimited term contracts Fixed term contracts Part-time/ Full-time contracts Flexible contracts Freelance Contracts Builds upon good relationship, creates employee loyalty. Most difficult to terminate. Good place to start max. 3x 1 year 31.3 % of total employment is part time. <ul><li>Three types of most common contracts: </li></ul><ul><li>Stand-by </li></ul><ul><li>Zero hours </li></ul><ul><li>Min-Max </li></ul><ul><li>=>11% of labor force </li></ul>Labor contracts pyramid
  19. 19. Location the Netherlands 6 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE NETHERLANDS Quality of Life <ul><li>Historically, the Netherlands has always been </li></ul><ul><li>open to other cultures; this, in addition to its </li></ul><ul><li>international orientation, means foreign </li></ul><ul><li>businesses of many types integrate easily here </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation, multiple points of view and tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>are cultural values </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of housing, education, cultural activities </li></ul><ul><li>as well as food and consumer goods are lower </li></ul><ul><li>than in many other European nations </li></ul>
  20. 20. Chinese investments in the Netherlands IMPORTANCE OF CHINESE INVESTMENTS FOR NL ECONOMY <ul><li>Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics - Netherlands as hub/Gateway to the large Europe market </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Ventures </li></ul><ul><li>Sales & Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>EHQ </li></ul><ul><li>Production? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Chinese investments in the Netherlands ROLE OF NFIA <ul><li>3 NFIA Offices: Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>Within the NL Consulate-General </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese local staff </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with visa application </li></ul><ul><li>Customer specific, tailor made FFT program </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with work permit, MVV and residence permit </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bekendheidverklaring” for Kennismigranten </li></ul>
  22. 22. Chinese investments in the Netherlands CHALLENGES FOR CHINESE COMPANIES <ul><li>Try to understand cultural difference China - Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Take enough time to prepare application </li></ul><ul><li>File complete - incl. all needed documents - “immigration” applications </li></ul><ul><li>Due to language barrier have assistance from professional NL consultants </li></ul>
  23. 23. Chinese investments in the Netherlands NFIA EXPERIENCES RE. OF VISA, WORK PERMITS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS <ul><li>“ NFIA investors” seldom faced with problems. </li></ul><ul><li>visa “fast lane” for businessmen </li></ul><ul><li>Kennismigranten regeling </li></ul><ul><li>Students versus Kennismigranten </li></ul><ul><li>Policy/rules for Chinese people are the same compared to other nationals </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of so-called expat-desks on local level will contribute to improvement of service level </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitality desk City of The Hague, including Chinese speaking staff </li></ul>
  24. 24. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! René H.F. Vacquier Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Bezuidenhoutseweg 16a, 2594 AV Den Haag Phone: +31-70-3798818 E-mail: [email_address]