Third Finland-China Business Summit 16.10.2019

We thank all participants for the success of the event!

Below some pictures and notes from the summit.

Kuvat Dong Leishi / Photographs by Dong Leishi / 摄影:董磊石
Valokuvat ovat Suomi-Kiina Kehitys & Viestintä Keskuksen tekijänoikeuksien suojaamia.
Photographs are copyrighted by the Finland-China Development & Exchange Center.

The 3rd Finland-China Business Summit, co-sponsored by the Finnish Chinese Business Council, Aalto University, the China Federation of Overseas Chinese and the Finnish China Development and Exchange Center, and supported by the Parliament of Finland, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Finland, Business Finland, the Finnish National Technical Research Center VTT, the Finnish Enterprise Association, the Helsinki City Council, the University of Helsinki and other companies, was successfully held on October 16th at the famous Aalto University in Finland.

The Finland-China Business Summit coincided with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the 69th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Finland and China. It is also the year of the “China-Finland Winter Sports Year” and the “Finnish-Chinese New Partnership for the Future”. The close exchange of high-level visits between the heads of state of Finland and China and the traditional friendship between the two countries have laid a solid foundation for the economic, trade and investment cooperation between the governments of Finland and China and companies. In this context, pragmatic cooperation such as strengthening trade and investment between Finland and China has become an inevitable trend. The 3rd Finnish-Chinese Economic and Trade and Investment Summit has established a strong cooperation platform for government agencies, companies and research institutes in Finland and China.

The summit was opened by Zhou Siyang’s with her interpretation of the classical pipa (Chinese instrument) solo “The Ambush from Ten Sides”. The Summit was attended by more than 200 people, comprising of government and business executives from cities such as Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Turku, Salo, Tampere, Lahti, Kemi, Vaasa, Oulu and Lappeenranta,  representatives from the Standing Committee of CPPCC, the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, the China Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shaanxi Sub-council, China Will Peace International Business, China Resource and other guests.

The conference was hosted by Dr. Yang Erlin, Chairman of the Finnish Chinese Business Council and CEO of the Finland-China Development and Exchange Center.

Mr. Tom Packalén, a member of the Parliament of Finland and member of parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, attended the summit delivering an opening speech. He congratulated the “3rd Finnish China Economic and Trade and Investment Summit” and stressed that the Parliament of Finland and the Finnish government give great importance to economic and trade development and investment cooperation with China. He highly praised the platform for building cooperation through the summit activities. He himself has visited China on three occasions in recent years and praised specially Nanjing for its innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mr. Sun Liwei, Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of China in Finland, gave a keynote speech on “Complementing the Advantages of China and Finland and Expanding the Field of Cooperation”. He highly praised the Sino-Finnish relations in recent years from the strategic relationship of state leaders to civil exchanges and cultural exchanges, from economic and trade import and export to tourism and winter sports, etc.  which are constantly deepening and strengthening. He emphasized that China and Finland have huge complementary potentials. For example, there is more room for cooperation between the two countries in the construction of transportation networks. High-tech and innovative cooperation will also become the main pillars of bilateral economic and trade cooperation. Counselor Sun Liwei also wished Finnish enterprises success in the 2nd China International Import Expo and expected more Finnish companies and enterprises to participate in the 3rd China International Import Expo next year, bringing Finnish excellent products to China and passing China To the world.

Mr. Xu Rongmao, member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the CPPCC, consultant of the China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Chairman of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, President of  CFOCE, Founder and Chairman of Shimao Group, delivered a keynote speech entitled “China’s Business Opportunities under the New International Economic and Trade Structure”. He pointed out that Sino-Finnish friendship has a long history. Under the international economic and trade pattern in which the strategic game of the great powers has intensified and the world’s multi-polar pattern has become increasingly apparent, China still maintains a good economic development trend, the industry is constantly upgrading, and  the economic and trade investment and technological innovation with Finland and other countries continue to strengthen. He emphasized that China and Finland are both participants and beneficiaries of economic globalization. They are the builders of global governance and contributors to world development. China and Finland have strong complementarities and broad prospects in the fields of economic and trade investment and innovation cooperation. Mr. Xu Rongmao said that the China Overseas Chinese Business Association will actively negotiate with Finnish companies through this summit to achieve win-win cooperation.

Ms. Chen Shishu, senior consultant of Business Finland, introduced the Finnish program “Encouraging and attracting Chinese entrepreneurs to invest and start businesses in Finland” in the keynote speech. She introduced to entrepreneurs from China the policies and conditions for the encouragement and help of Chinese companies’ projects in Finland, as well as the soft landings and market research provided by the Finnish National Business Promotion Agency for Chinese companies and start-ups.

Ms. Sanna Öörni, Co-creation manager of Smart Industry and Energy Systems at VTT (Technical Research Center of Finland), gave a keynote speech on “The Ideas and Contributions of Finnish Smart City Development”. She suggested that urbanization may not be the culprit of global climate change but the solution perspective. She believes that the energy issue is at the heart of the smart city concept and introduced the “Smart Otaniemi Region” innovation ecosystem. She pointed out that Finland’s focus is on combining energy and communication research experience with new technologies such as artificial intelligence to inspire more innovative solutions.

Mr. Zheng Dongping, Vice President of Shaanxi Provincial Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce of Shaanxi Province, introduced the economic and trade advantages of Shaanxi Province in a keynote speech entitled “Promoting Finland’s Cooperation with the Midwest of China”. He emphasized that Shanxi Province is located in the geometric center of China’s territory, with convenient transportation and location advantages, and has strong personnel training strength, strong innovation and development capability, and complete industrial system. He pointed out that Shaanxi Province and Finland have complementary advantages in technological innovation, trade, port area and clean energy, and they have enormous potential for cooperation and development. The direct flights from Helsinki to Xi’an  and the opening of the Central European trains have also made Finland an important node for China to Europe.

Professor Matti Suominen, Associate Dean of Aalto University the Business School, gave a keynote speech on “Aalto University Business School and extensive cooperation with China”. He highly praised Aalto University as the organizer of the summit and actively participated in the economic and trade investment, high-tech and scientific research cooperation between Finland and China. Aalto University and Aalto University Business School are European universities and have long been committed to cooperation with Chinese universities and research institutions. He hopes to invite more universities, research institutes and high-tech companies from China to cooperate with Aalto University in Finland.

Mr. Karol Mattila, Head of Governmental relations of Nokia Group, gave a keynote speech on “The Latest Development of 5G, Competitiveness and the Future of Communications”. He introduced the development of the Finnish communications industry and the research and development status and prospects of Nokia’s 5G communication technology, and highly praised the great support and cooperation of local governments and enterprises in China for the development of Nokia Group in China. He believes that Finland will have a broader prospect of cooperation with China through 5G’s latest generation communication technology and Nokia’s latest communication solutions.

Mr. Rostislav Baskakov, Director of Technology and Sales at SET CleanTech, gave a keynote speech entitled “Finnish Clean Energy Solutions and More Investment Opportunities”. He highlighted Finland’s advanced waste recycling and application solutions and Finland’s second generation bio-ethanol research and development and new bio-refinery projects. He answered questions from the guests and representatives regarding Finnish rubbish disposal; in the European Union, the landfill ratio is less than 10%, while Finland is as low as 1%.

Professor Carl Fey of the Aalto University Business School made a keynote speech on “Which Management Practices Can Promote China’s Innovation?”, explaining the most effective innovation management model for entrepreneurs. Professor Fey then hosted a panel discussion with corporate guests to explore how to expand business cooperation with China. The guests who participated in the dialogue included Mr. Liu Da, Managing Director of China Resources, Mr. Mika Aarnikka, Regional Manager of Huawei Finland and the Baltic Region, Mr. Jesse Ketonen, Chairman of Nordic Friend, and Mr. Konstantin Tchetchine, General Manager of Business Development of Wärtsilä.

During the summit, a corporate exhibition exchange meeting was held. The delegates made full use of the summit activities to conduct matchmaking and exchange discussions. After the summit, some representatives of the participating enterprises took part in a matchmaking meal in order to further talks.

The summit forum activities received positive response and sponsorship support from the Finnish government and companies, which fully reflected the good momentum of Finnish-Chinese economic and trade cooperation. Everyone hopes that such summit platform activities will continue to be organized in the future.

(摄影照片除署名外,版权归芬兰中国发展与交流中心 / (Photographs are copyrighted by the Finland-China Development & Exchange Center. / Valokuvat ovat Suomi-Kiina Kehitys & Viestintä Keskuksen tekijänoikeuksien suojaamia.)

Welcome to the 2019 Summit!

The Summit will take place in the afternoon of 16th October 2019.
Location: Aalto University, Dipoli (map below)
Time: 13:00-17:00

The 3rd Finland-China Business Summit will focus on smart city, industrial design, cleantech and energy saving, technology and finance, information technology, automation, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, health care technologies, food and agriculture, education and training.

The summit will feature keynote speakers from the Parliament of Finland, Chinese Embassy in Finland, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Environment and Business Finland to promote Finnish Chinese trade and investments.

The 3rd Finland-China Business Summit is to become an important platform for Finnish and Chinese companies to build trust and cooperation as well as exchanges of ideas and thoughts between Finnish and Chinese businessmen and politicians. 

Dipoli footage copyright Aalto University: Mikko Raskinen, Markus Sommers, Tuomas Uusheimo and Antti Leino.

You can register to the event by clicking the bottom on the right.

NEW REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY 14.10! Without registration the entry fee will be € 50, which will be charged on site at the start of the event.

Cancellations must be done latest by 12:00 o’clock, 15.10.2019. A 50€ NO SHOW will be charged for registrations that have not been cancelled in time.

Final program

Venue: Lumituuli Auditorium, Dipoli building, Aalto University, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo

13:00  Registration and networking

13:25  Opening word / Mr Erlin Yang Ph.D., Chairman of the Finnish Chinese Business Council
Opening music/Ms. Siyang Zhou, Chinese lute solo “Ambush from Ten Sides”

13:30 Welcoming speech / Mr. Tom Packalén, MP Parliament of Finland, Member of Foreign Affairs Committee

13:45 Keynote speech /
Mr. Sun Liwei, Counsellor of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Finland
Topic: The complementary advantages of China and Finland and the possibilities for increased co-operation

14:00  Keynote speech  / Mr Matti Suominen, Associate Dean, Aalto University School of Business
Topic: Aalto University and business cooperation with China

14:15  Keynote speech / Mr Xu Rongmao, Chairman of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese
Topic: China business opportunities under the new international economic and trade patterns

14:30  Keynote speech / Ms Chen Shi Ting , Senior Advisor,  Investor Services/Growth Capital, Asian Markets, Business Finland
Topic: Finnish activities to encourage and attract Chinese entrepreneurs to invest and start businesses in Finland (Business Finland file)

14:45  Keynote speech / Ms Sanna Öörni, Co-creation Manager, Smart Industry and Energy Systems, The Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT)
Topic: The Finnish concept and input to the development of Smart Cities

15:00  Group photo and coffee break

15:30  Keynote speech / Mr Zheng Dongping, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shaanxi Sub-Council
Topic: To promote business cooperation between Finland and China’s middle and western area

15:45  Keynote speech / Mr Karol Mattila, Head of Government Relations, NOKIA
Topic: The latest development, competitiveness and communication future of 5G

16:00  Keynote speech / Mr Rostislav Baskakov, Business Development Director SET CleanTech
Topic: Investment opportunities for clean energy solutions and even more

16:15  Keynote speech / Professor Carl Fey, Aalto University School of Business
Topic: What management practices best facilitate innovation in China?

16:30  Panel discussion / How to do business with/in China
Moderator: Prof. Carl Fey, Aalto University School of Business
VIP panelists: Mr. Da Liu, Managing Director, China Resources; Mr. Mika Aarnikka, Country Manager, Finland and Baltics, Huawei;  Mr. Jesse Ketonen, Chairman, Nordic Friend; Mr. Konstantin Tchetchine, General Manager, Business Development, Wärtsila; Ms Lin Zhibing, Vice Secretary-General of China Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs, Vice President, Secretary-General of Guangdong International Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

17:00 End of Summit

17:15 Match-making Networking Buffet
Venue place: Cone Lobby, one floor above Lumituuli Auditorium, Dipoli

19:30 Event ends

October 17th
Field studies and company visits for Chinese delegations

Espoo Science Park, University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Nokia and AAVI Technology

List of companies and delegations from China


The National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference


All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese


Economy, Science and Technology Division of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese


Economy Science and Technology Department of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese


China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shaanxi Sub-Council


Shaanxi International Investment Promotion Association


The Standing Committee of The People’s Congress of Qiannan Region Guizhou Province


Investment Promotion Bureau, Qiannan Region, Guizhou Province


Government of Long Li County, Qiannan Region, Guizhou Province 


Government of Dushan County, Qiannan Region, Guizhou Province 


Dujun Economic Development Zone


Investment and Promotion Office of Qiannan Region


China Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association


Guangdong International Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce


Heilongjiang Overseas Chinese Federation


Ministry of Economic Work of Heilongjiang Overseas Chinese Federation



Changan Bank


Shaanxi Gas group Co.,Ltd.


Renmin University of China, School of Finance


Shaanxi Provincial Natural Gas Co.,Ltd.


Shimao Group


Citichamp (Holdings) Limited, Hong Kong


Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited


Tianjin The Leader Group Minerals Import and Export Co., Ltd.


Chengdu Huirong Industry Groups Co. Ltd


Lek Yuen Group


Huana Group


Dmi Group


Forrex (Holding) Inc


Guangxi Huada Construction Group


P.T.Persero Indonesia Dadi Group


Tangshan Dongfang Enterprise Group


Shenyang Sunline Plastic Surgery Hospital


Hong Kong Citichamp (Holdings) Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited


HONG KONG CITICHAMP (Holdings) Beijing Guanhai Real Estate Co., Ltd


Huinongfu Science and Technology Company Ltd


Dalian Danis Information Services Co. Ltd


Shanghai Hongxiao New Energy Resources Co., Ltd


Chengdu Hi-Tech Investment Group Co., Ltd


Chengdu Tianfu Software Park Co., Ltd


Department of Human Resource Service Chengdu Tianfu Software Park Co., Ltd


Department of Business Development Chengdu Tianfu Software Park Co., Ltd


China Will Peace International Business Co., Ltd.



We welcome sponsors.

  • Silver sponsorship: 500€ + VAT 24% will allow you to promote your company or organization by setting up a poster stand and promotional materials in the summit and buffet venues. It also includes two networking buffet tickets.
  • Gold sponsorship: 3000€ + VAT 24%  will earn you Silver sponsorship benefits and also a 15 min. presentation slot in the Summit. Registration for must be done by Wednesday 2.10. 

Sponsors also get their logos on promotional materials and brochures of the event.

Gold sponsors, please provide materials for your presentation at least two weeks beforehand so we can prepare for interpretation.  Time slots will be given out on “first come first served” basis. Note that all presentations must be in English (Chinese translation text added if possible).


Match-making Networking Buffet

There will be an optional match-making networking buffet event between 17:00-19:00. A ticket costs 50€ (includes VAT) if booked in advance, and 90€ at the door. Buffet will be invoiced when we confirm your registration and will be due within 7 days or latest on 8th of October.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy after registration: You will pay a €50 administration fee for not showing up to the event without cancelling latest by 15.10.2019, 12:00 o’clock. This payment will be due 7 days after the event.

Venue location, organizers and supporters

Summit venue: Aalto University (Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo).

Organizers: The Finnish Chinese Business Council, Aalto University, China Federation of Overseas Enterprises and China Tekway Oy.

Supporters: Members of Finnish Parliament, Chinese Embassy in Finland, Business Finland, City of Helsinki, University of Helsinki, the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, Nokia and Z-park.







Further information

For further information, please
email Ms. Outi Pöyry
or call us +358 50 576 07 28

Updated 22.10.2019