Visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In November 2013, Sinophone was honoured to be engaged to interpret for the prime minister of the Netherlands, H. E. Mr. Mark Rutte, during his visit to Beijing.
Following the visit, Sinophone's chief interpreter Andrew Dawrant (杜蕴德) received the following testimonial:
It is my great pleasure to recommend Mr. Andrew Dawrant: In my 27 years working professionally in Greater China, I have never witnessed such an accomplished and professional interpreter. I strongly recommend Andrew for any high-level visits to China by government leaders or corporate CEOs.
Most recently, we engaged Andrew to interpret for the prime minister of the Netherlands, H. E. Mr. Mark Rutte, during his official visit to Beijing in November 2013. He provided a world-class service. Andrew's extraordinary interpreting skills and professionalism deeply impressed both the Dutch and Chinese sides.
At a finance and investment forum co-hosted by our prime minister and the chairman of one of China's largest banks and attended by two dozen Dutch and Chinese CEOs, the in-house simultaneous interpretation system broke down at the last minute. Not the slightest bit flustered, Andrew single-handedly performed consecutive interpretation for the entire meeting, interpreting from English into Chinese and from Chinese into English, with accuracy, poise, and impact. This was a truly virtuosic performance.
Executive Director for China at Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency