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Dear Members and friends of FBCB,

Finland has won the Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal in Beijing! This is what we were all hoping February 2022 would be remembered for. However, only three days later Russian military forces marched into Ukraine. The thrilled atmosphere has turned into concern. We are experiencing a roller coaster of emotions in the midst of historical events, and there is surely more to come. Paralympics are just few days away, overshadowed by the political situation in Europe, and China is beginning to turn it's attention to the Two Sessions.
Two sessions (Liang Hui) is China's annual gathering of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). The 2022 meetings will commence on March 4 in Beijing. Despite its large size, the NPC it has very little power. Important decisions are made at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which this year is expected to be in October or November, and then rubber-stamped by the NPC. Both meetings showcase the government’s achievements of the past year and introduce plans for the future. As such, they are eagerly awaited by analysts all over the world, looking for clues as to what to expect.

And what are we expecting from the meetings? The Chinese economy is always on the agenda. Based on 2021 growth, the GDP target could be around 6% (globaltimes.cn/). Carbon neutrality goals would most likely to be on the agenda as well. The Chinese government can achieve both of its main goals, boost economic growth and reduce emissions by building 'green' infrastructure. However, economic growth in 2022 faces some headwind, as the growth of services, consumption, and investment all failed to return back to the pre-pandemic level. In terms of provincial comparison, Hainan, Shanxi, and Guizhou topped the list – registering an average growth of 7.3 percent, 6.3 percent, and 6.3 percent (Dezan Shira & Associates). With China’s ongoing efforts to develop Hainan Island into a globally influential free trade port, it is foreseeable that in the next few years that Hainan may usher in the fastest development stage in history.
How about foreign investments in China? Last year China saw record high foreign direct investments, exceeding RMB 1 trillion. The growth is considered remarkable, taking into account the ongoing global pandemic and geopolitical tensions, reflecting foreign companies’ growing confidence in China’s constantly improving business environment (china-briefing.com/news/). We are naturally interested in how Finnish companies see the business environment now compared to the past and how they see the development in the future. The survey is now closed and results will be released on March 23. See the online event invitation below in event section.

The Winter Olympics showed us that the Finnish know-how in winter sports technology is well appreciated. This month’s guest writer is one of those experts, VEPE Oy. Vepe is the official supplier of flexi dasher boards and safety protection solutions for all ice hockey venues in 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read more about their amazing input on Olympics in guest writer section of this news letter.
We have all the reasons to be proud of Finland's achievements both in Olympic sports competitions and in winter sports technology!

On the behalf of FBCB,

Ulla Nurmenniemi
Executive Director
Finnish Business Council Beijing
Upcoming events
The development of IPR Protection in China
The development of IPR Protection in China


Mar 1, 2022
(3 PM - 4:10 PM) (GMT+8)
Leaving or Coming to China With Pets
Leaving or Coming to China With Pets


Mar 17, 2022
(3 PM - 3:55 PM) (GMT-5)


Finnish Business Confidence Survey Release - Online event
Finnish Business Confidence Survey Release - Online event


Mar 23, 2022
(3 PM - 4:45 PM) (GMT+8)
Finland Talks Webinar March 23
Finland Talks Webinar March 23
Topic: Future of Biofuels?

Speaker: Mr. Antti Aromäki, Managing Director
St1 Renewable Energy (Thailand) Ltd

Date & Time: March 23, 4pm - 4:45pm (CST) /
10am - 10:45am (HKI)

Sign up HERE
Talent Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition opened
The Shijiazhuang municipal government has launched its first Shijiazhuang “Haishi Cup” Talent Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition in February. 

The goal of the competition is to: 
  • identify foreign projects from specific industries with good market potential in Shijiazhuang
  • help these projects to “land” in Shijiazhuang. This includes all assistance specific to the needs of the foreign project; introduction to Shijiazhuang companies for partnership or market opportunities, R&D and other funding opportunities application assistance, enterprise registration & human resource assistance etc

This is a good opportunity for European start-ups and companies from the following industries to effectively catch the attention of the municipal government leaders & local industry experts who will then evaluate the suitability and market potential of their technology in Shijiazhuang:
Biomedicine, Next Generation Electronic Information, New Energy & Energy efficiency technologies, Advanced equipment manufacturing, Agricultural technologies 

Cash prizes are awarded in both Preliminary and Final competition rounds. More information and registrations at www.HBEUCC.org/haishicup

Application Deadline: March 21st 2022

Sponsor: Shijiazhuang Municipal Government
Organizer: Shijiazhuang Organizational Department 
European Division co-organizer: Hebei-EU Talent & Technology Cooperation Center 

Contact us by sending email to Tara.joensuu@qq.com
Phone: +86 185 3316 9833
Guest writer: Vepe and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic
Founded in 1934, Vepe Oy is headquartered in Finland, which is a worldly- renowned ice hockey dasher boards supplier. Vepe started to manufacture and deliver ice hockey dasher boards and related products since 1976. The company has been committed to R&D on manufacturing high-quality ice hockey dasher boards for the safety of athletes and spectators, providing optimized security assurance for professional ice hockey tournaments.  With its products and services officially recognized and recommended by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), Vepe has engaged in the construction of many famous ice hockey stadiums, provided services to many top-level international ice hockey events and delivered over 2,000 ice hockey dasher boards protection systems and products to 26 countries and regions. Vepe has supplied products for the World Ice Hockey Championships, Finland Ice Hockey Challenge for consecutive years.  
Vepe is the official supplier of flexi dasher boards and safety protection solutions for all ice hockey venues in 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The services involve the overall process, ranging from the planning design, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, installation, testing and acceptance inspection, delivery, and support during the Games. Since the open bidding for the Winter Olympic Games, Vepe has been constantly overcoming various difficulties and striving to integrate the cultural differences between the East and the West, so as to build up ice hockey stadiums for the Olympic with the best products and positive attitudes. In particular, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure a successful construction with high quality and standard, Vepe has set up a professional Chinese team for timely reaction and adjustment according to the whole process of construction, which has provided more refined, localized and thoughtful service for the Winter Olympic project.  
In the spirit of being responsible for the brand, the customers and the Olympics, Vepe has dispatched the best technical support team from Finland to Beijing and joined hands with local team in China to give the full support and guarantee for the ice hockey games during Olympics and Paralympics. Vepe’s professionalism and craftsmanship spirit are reflected everywhere, including subtle levelling between dasher boards and ice dam prior to the official start of the Games, the adjustment of red lines and blue lines in accordance with IIHF new rules and the handling of unexpected tiny problems during the games. The contributions made by the technical support team have been highly recognized and gained favorable evaluation from many sides. The National Indoor Stadium operation team of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee commented on Mr. Meelis Pehk, dasher board expert in the technical team, as follows: "Meelis is an exceptional person and beyond anybody how hard his is working. Thank you, Meelis!”.
As the Winter Olympic Games comes to a successful conclusion, the venue transition to the Winter Paralympic Games has started. With professional skills and abundant enthusiasm, Vepe will continue to complete the transition work of the ice hockey dasher boards for the Winter Paralympic Games and make sure all the ice hockey games in Paralympics smooth and successful

Author: Dr Andy Niu
President, Vepe China
Past Events
Beijing Olympics 2022 - Ice Hockey Finals Feb 20
Beijing Olympics 2022 - Ice Hockey Finals Feb 20
Finnish Business Council Beijing arranged a full-house-watch-hockey-together event on Feb 20 when Finland went to finals at Beijing Winter Olympics. A live broadcast from Kerry's giant screen gathered 100 hockey fans to watch the match, and they did not have to be disappointed, as Finland defeated Russia 2-1. The Olympic gold was the first in Finnish Ice Hockey history and no need to say that atmosphere was on the roof. The joy was overwhelming.
FBCB After work Feb 23
FBCB After work Feb 23
Finnish Business Council Beijing after work on Wednesday -evening gathered again people from very different business fields to network and share business ideas in casual and relaxed atmosphere. This every-month-must event has proven to very effective on businesswise as many come with an agenda to discuss with related people while having drinks and snacks. Special thanks to our guest of honor Ambassador Leena-Kaisa Mikkola
Does your company need more visibility and contacts in China?
Finnish Business Council Beijing is part of Team Finland in China, and an outstanding platform for all Finnish businesses in China. For those companies which need more visibility, we have launched a Premium Membership. It's an upgrade from normal membership, as you can see from the table below.

For those companies in Finland, who are planning to expand their businesses to China, or are in the early stage and don't have an office in China yet, we have a distant membership. It's called Proxy Membership. A very cost-effective way to make your company known to a large audience, and get essential contacts for your future.

See all membership options HERE
Premium Membership benefits:
  • Get your logo on frontpage of FBCB website
  • Get your logo on all newsletters and event invitations
  • Get an advertisement to FBCB webpage
  • Write an article to FBCB Newsletter once a year
  • Organize an event for other members and other people using FBCB event platform once a year
PLUS normal Membership benefits:
  • NEW: Option to join FBC Premium Health Insurance Plan
  • Network opportunities with all other member companies
  • Keep updated what's happening in China-Finnish business
  • Make new business contacts
  • Access FBCB events with member price or free of charge, access member-only events
  • Enjoy discounts of various service and product providers (hotels, health care, tailor, scarfs, air purifiers, etc)
  • Get your company logo, description and key products to membership directory in FBCB website
Proxy membership benefits:
  • Get monthly newsletter
  • Get one article to newsletter when joining
  • Network opportunities with all other member companies through FBCB
  • Keep updated what's happening in China-Finnish business
  • Make new business contacts
  • When visiting in Beijing, access events with member price or free of charge, access member-only events
  • Enjoy discounts of various service providers in Beijing (e.g.hotels)
  • Get company logo, description and key products to membership directory on FBCB website
  • NEW: Option to join FBC Premium Health Insurance Plan

CONTACT for more information:
Ulla Nurmenniemi, Executive Director, FBCB

FBC's Premier Health Insurance
What is the Premier Health Insurance Program about?

The Premier Health Insurance Program of the FBC is provided exclusively for company members of Finnish Business Councils. Program is run by experienced international insurance broker – Oriental Benefit Group. The program offers companies with a comprehensive coverage and affordable rates. You can get the group insurance rates even if there's only one person in the company.

Why choose the Premier Health Insurance Program?

  • Reputable insurance provider with full coverage plans
  • Inpatient AND Outpatient coverage, up to annual maximum
  • Pre-existing medical conditions covered (conditions apply) *
  • Worldwide Emergency treatment
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation
  • Global Direct Billing service
  • Coverage in your Home country (excl. USA)
  • Group rates/cost-saving and sustainable renewal option
  • Value added services
  • Free consultation for all insurance related matters, such as international travel insurance, Life and AD&D, Corporate Liability insurance, etc.
Who can join the Chamber’s Premier Health Insurance Plan?

Members of FBC

Contact us for more information. FBC Representative at Oriental Benefit Group:
Zikai Liu, Managing Partner
Mobile: 18501718500
Email: zikai.liu@orientalbenefit.com
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