Dear Members of the Finnish Business Council Beijing,
It is great pleasure for me to greet the members of the Finnish Business Council in Beijing and the other visitors of this website!
Finnish Business Council in Beijing is one of the closest partners of our Embassy when it comes to promoting Finland and Finnish business interests in China. Together with the other members of the Team Finland China network, we are doing our utmost to ensure that Finnish companies are given the best possible circumstances for making the most of the opportunities in the Chinese markets.
So far, 2019 has been a successful year for us. Trade and investment exchanges continue to excel in both directions and remain at the forefront of our enduring bilateral ties. This year also marks the China-Finland Year of Winter Sports. Finnish winter sports industry and Finnish businesses have enjoyed a positive momentum in China resulting from frequent visits and successful exchanges between our two countries. However, it is not only about winter sports. Our work continues at an increased pace in other sectors as well.
Now we have entered the second half of 2019. As you surely have noticed, some significant changes have taken place in Finland recently. Our new government was formally appointed by President Sauli Niinistö on June 1. The cabinet of Prime Minister Antti Rinne is one of the most gender equal in Europe, with 58 per cent of the ministers being women.
On July 1, Finland took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time since our EU accession in 1995. Finland holds the rotating Presidency until the end of this year. The Presidency is an opportunity to highlight Finland’s special features and expertise globally. One of our priorities is to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action. Thus, sustainable growth and the opportunities offered by the bio-based circular economy will naturally play a big role.
China will host important events this year. In October, we have World Winter Sports Expo in Beijing and in November the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Finland will have a strong participation and visibility in both. These will be highlight events for Team Finland work as well.