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Finnish Business Council Beijing (FBCB) promotes collaboration and co-operation among Finnish companies regarding trade and industry issues within the People’s Republic of China. Joining FBCB is a great way for Finnish enterprises to get to know other Finnish businesses active in capital city Beijing and China in general. Read more.

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Greetings from the Ambassador and the Chairman of the FBCB Board

Marja Rislakki

Respected FBCB members,

Finns have been in China for decades. We have seen Chinese cities from Beijing to Guangzhou develop, expand and reach the skies. We have seen bikes being replaced by cars and pencils with smartphones. During these years Finnish companies have been cooperating, partnering up and learning non-stop. This has not always been voluntary but a must as the Chinese market – clients from steel mills to consumers – has been changing at an unprecedented pace. Key to success has been the ability to see and to understand these changes and to reinvent and to adjust the businesses accordingly. Today China is and remains a key market place for Finnish companies. It is our biggest partner in Asia and that won’t change any time soon.

My first months in China have clarified the necessity of intense and tightly knit Team Finland work. The competition in Chinese market is hard. Bringing our experience, understanding and networks together makes us bigger in size. It makes us more alert and more visible. When combined with hard work, it provides us with tools to succeed also in the future. Finnish SISU – willingness to work for return, take risks and compete – is now needed more than ever.

In March China is embarking on a new five year era of industrial upgrading and strengthening the welfare of its peoples. Another structural change is in the books. Doubling the GDP and becoming  ” a moderately prosperous society ” are not goals the leadership wishes to miss at the turn of the decade.

For Team Finland – companies, researchers, students, public sector – this means more opportunities suitable for our high standards of innovation, services, environmental protection and industrial production. Cleantech, healthcare, education, digitalization, robotics – you name it.

Together we can grasp the opportunities of endlessly moving China. We have all the elements needed so let’s stop being too modest. Let’s be louder, let’s make our mark together – under the blue and white banner.

Marja RislakkiAmbassador of Finland in China
Seppo Selkälä

Dear FBCB members,

China represent huge opportunities for Finnish companies not just in traditional Finnish focus industries such as high-tech, paper and machine building but also in services, design, sports, tourism and cleantech. Growth of Chinese economy has stabilized into 6% range from double digits of past few decades. At same time size of Chinese economy has multiplied and is now according to IMF world´s largest economy by purchasing power parity. Increasing incomes have helped service sector to develop fast and produce new innovative services. Chinese companies have purchased foreign companies with ever increasing frequency. China´s fast development offers variety of opportunities for Finnish companies.

There are about 400 Finnish companies having operations in China. Co-operation between companies, people and public organizations is the key to success. Finnish Business Council Beijing has enjoyed close co-operation with key companies and public organizations such as Finnish Embassy, Tekes, Finpro and Business Councils. I hope to continue and develop further close co-operation.

FBCB´s role is to help Finnish companies to succeed in China through experience & knowledge sharing, networking and collaborative advocacy. We focus on our members’ main concerns, both challenges and opportunities, influencing their success in China.

Let´s work together for successful business in China!

Seppo SelkäläChairman of the Board

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