TRANS EXPO ODESSA 2018 (International Black Sea Transport Forum 2018) September 26 – 28, 2018



Ukraine has a huge potential in the world market and can become an active and successful transport hub.

In order to provide a platform for dialogue, new opportunities for strengthening  transport industry positions, TRANS EXPO ODESSA 2018 (International Black Sea Transport Forum 2018) will be held in Odessa on September 26-28, 2018. The Forum unites the 21st international exhibition on transport and logistics “TransUkraine 2018 “, the international specialized exhibition “TransRail Ukraine 2018 “, the specialized exhibition “Commercial and municipal transport of 2018 “, the 21st international conference on transport and logistics, as well as the 15th International exhibition on shipping, shipbuilding and ports development “Odessa 2018”.                  

In 2017, the Forum was held in accordance with the BSEC plan for the second half of 2017. Coordinators of the exhibitions and conferences were the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Black and Azov Seas Ports Association (BASPA).

All companies of  transport and maritime industries, whose activities are related to domestic and international transport (rail, road, sea), as well as ports and terminals, shipbuilding and shiprepair plants, manufacturers of rolling stock and components for railway transport, companies, engaged in the design and construction of warehouses are invited to participation. The exposition of navigation and ship equipment, training simulators for preparation of floating crew, technological and weighing equipment, means for mechanization of loading and unloading operations, warehouse equipment, elevator equipment, security systems for cargoes, control systems, communications and energy saving are planned at Forum exhibitions. Crewing and off-shore companies, companies that provide survey services, insurance, consulting services, off-shore technologies are involved in the participation. At the moment we are holding negotiations  with the Association “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” regarding the presentation of this route at the joint stand, as well as holding one of the Association’s events within the framework of the Forum. The Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, which represents more than 500 companies in China, announced their interest in the Forum.

We ask you to send us proposals as for the business program of the Forum (Conference topics, speakers, round tables, seminars, master classes, presentations). We are always glad to have a constructive dialogue with our partners. 

We invite you to take part in the exhibitions and events of the Forum.    Organizing Committee of exhibitions and conferencesTel / Fax: +38 (0482) 355999e-mail: info@mku.com.ua

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Interview with H.E. Mr Sasa Obradovic, the Serbian Ambassador to Finland – investment and business opportunities in Serbia

Please, describe your country and its business sectors.

Serbia is a country of a wonderful nature and an extraordinary history in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula. It has 7.12 million inhabitants, but Belgrade (approx. 1.2 million), as a capital of the former Yugoslavia, represents today a natural business center of the wider region of Western Balkans, connected by the improving economic relations, the same/similar languages, as well as the common interest for the EU integration and development. The main business sectors in Serbia are: automotive industry, IT sector, metalwork and machine building, agriculture, food and beverages (the production of organic food is in a great expansion), textile and forest based industry. Tourism, trade and service sectors are also in expansion. Please, visit Serbia.

Serbia has been an EU candidate country since 2009. Which kind of influence this has had on the development of the society and business life in Serbia?

The status of an EU candidate country confirms that the overall social reforms have reached certain standards. Today Serbia enjoys the political and economic stability, with the GDP growth of 2.7% in 2016. The country moved up by 44 places over the past 2 years on the World Bank Doing Business List and is now ranked 47th globally. The good business environment has been recognized by many foreign investors, like Fiat, Bosch, Michelin, Cooper Tires, NCR, Microsoft, Gorenje, Siemens, Henkel, Messer, Lafarge, Ferrero, Fresenius Medical Care, Stada, Falke, Benetton, and so on. The investors have come mostly from Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, US, but also from Finland: PKC Group and Tikkurila.

 Serbia has signed many free trade agreements with other countries. How have they helped Serbian companies to expend their activities abroad?

Yes, Serbian companies have customs-free access to EU, US, EFTA, CEFTA, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (in total, to 1.1 billion potential consumers). This increases competitiveness. For example, if you have a company registered in Serbia, its products can go customs-free into RUS-KAZ-BLR market of cca 200 million people.

Which kind of business opportunities Finnish companies would have in Serbia?

If they wish a green-field investment in Serbia, they would find there an attractive location, competitive operating costs, high-speed internet and lot of young and highly educated professionals, fluent in English. Also, there are many financial benefits and incentives for investors prepared by the Government and municipalities. If they opt for business co-operation, they could find in Serbia skillful partner-companies. Serbian IT sector, textile and metal industry are the most attractive in that regard. The tourism could be interesting as well, connecting Serbia with existing tourist routes in South-Eastern Europe. Our Embassy has noted the increasing interest in the energy sector, where new regulations have recently established a more attractive environment for investments in the renewable sources of energy. Serbia also needs the venture capital for many emerging start-up companies, particularly in the IT sector. Of course, there are always opportunities for more export-import trade co-operation: Serbian fisherman rubber boots and fridge-freezers are already at your market, while our fruit and wines have patiently been waiting to be discovered. Serbia and Finland concluded the bilateral Treaty on Promotion and Protection of Investments, as well as the Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty.

If a company would like to invest in Serbia, which kind of help it can receive and which incentives programs are the most lucrative?

H.E. Mr Sasa Obradovic, the Serbian Ambassador to Finland

The Development Agency of Serbia offers a wide spectrum of assistance to the investors from initial to after care stage of the project (the information on legal framework, help in finding a location, connection to local authorities, business consulting). The most attractive legal incentives for the investors in Serbia are: a) financial support for projects in the services sector which may be subject to international trade; b) a 10-year Corporate Income Tax Holiday for investment of more than 8.3 million euros and employment of more than 100 persons; c) Payroll Tax Incentives for employment of people who are registered as unemployed. Any company which would like to examine opportunities for doing business in Serbia can contact the Embassy and visit us for more information and assistance.


A round table meeting was held on 19th September 2017 with H.E. Mr Sasa Obradovic, the Serbian Ambassador to Finland, Adviser for Strategic Investments Jelena Akovic, Development Agency of Serbia, Programme Director Siv Ahlberg, Finnpartnership and Director Tatu Rauhamäki, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce. The event was organized in cooperation with Finland-Central Eastern European Countries Trade Association.  The presentations of the event can be found here.

H.E. Mr Sasa Obradovic, the Serbian Ambassador to Finland/Anne Hatanpää, Finland Chamber of Commerce







Suurlähettiläät Suomi-KIE kauppayhdistyksen lounaalla: Talous kasvaa Puolassa, Tšekeissä ja Slovakiassa sekä Bulgariassa

Suurlähettiläät Hanna Lehtinen (Puola), Helena Tuuri ( Tšekki ja Slovakia) ja Päivi Blinnikka (Bulgaria) olivat lupautuneet Suomi-KIE kauppayhdistyksen
lounastapaamisen puhujiksi 28.8.2017.

Puolan talouden odotetaan kasvavan yli 3 prosenttia vuonna 2017. Työvoimasta alkaa vähitellen olla pula.
Puola tarjoaa jatkossakin useita liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia suomalaisille yrityksille. Esimerkiksi Cleantech-osaamiselle on edelleen kysyntää.

Tšekki ja Slovakia ovat molemmat nousevia maita, joiden kehitystä on hyvä seurata ja joissa olisi mahdollisuuksia suomalaisille yrityksille. Tšekin talouden on arvioitu kasvavan 2,9 % ja Slovakian 3,3 % kuluvana vuonna.  Maiden taloudet ovat integroituneet tiiviisti Saksan talouteen. Niiden markkinat ovat kuitenkin edelleen vähemmän kilpaillut kuin Saksan ja suomalaisyrityksille voisikin olla hyvä taktiikka mennä Saksan markkinoille niiden kautta.

Bulgariassa on käytössä 10 prosentin tasavero, joka koskee yrityksiä ja henkilöitä. Luoteis-Bulgariasta voi löytää alueita, joilla yritysten ei tarvitse maksaa veroja ollenkaan. Luoteis-Bulgariaan on perustettu verovapaa vyöhyke yritystoiminnan lisäämiseksi.
Elintaso on noussut viime vuosina. Korruption kitkentään kiinnitetään huomiota. Talous kasvaa 2 – 3 prosentin vauhtia. Bulgariasta tulee 1.1.2018 ensimmäistä kertaa EU:n puheenjohtaja.

Teksti: Anne Hatanpää, Suomi-KIE kauppayhdistyksen sihteeri.



Belgrade Parking PPP Pre-tender Conference

Background information:

Ernst & Young is advising the City of Belgrade on a PPP project regarding construction and operation of four underground garages in the center of Belgrade. Please find attached marketing presentation of the project and official letter of invitation to the pre-tender conference in Belgrade.

The pre tender conference will be held on June 9, in order for the project to be discussed with potential partners (investors, developers, operators).

PPP Parking Belgrade – teaser

Pre Tender Conference Letter of Invitation


Best regards,

Igor Madžarević (Mr.)

Economic Advisor


Embassy of Finland

Birčaninova 29, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Tel.: +381 11 306 5400 – Mobile: +381 63 649 838 – Fax: +381 11 306 5375

www.finska.co.rswww.facebook.com/FinnishEmbassyBelgrade – Twitter.com/FinEmbBelgrade




Economic Snapshot for South-Eastern Europe


Domestic challenges and external risks will weigh on growth this year

Growth momentum lost steam in the first quarter of the year in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) amid domestic and external headwinds. The region expanded 3.5% annually in Q1, which was below Q4’s nearly-five-year high growth rate of 3.9%. Among the largest economies in the region, growth dynamics weakened slightly in Q1 in Turkey on the back of a deteriorating external sector and rising political uncertainty, which had a negative impact on investment. Moreover, the economic contraction worsened in Greece due to a broad-based deterioration, suggesting that the country is far from a quick turnaround from the crisis. On the upside,dynamics improved in Croatia, Romania and Serbia in Q1.

Read more here.


Kazakhstan: New Investment Opportunities

As a country leading the region in terms of social and economic growth, Kazakhstan could play a key role in expanding of the Finnish export to the region of Central Asia and CIS.

In the Global Competitiveness Index drawn by the Davos-based World Economic Forum, Kazakhstan is ranked 42nd in the world. In the world ranking of the countries that create the most favorable conditions for business, the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report, Kazakhstan is ranked 41st.

At this time, attracting investment capital to the economy of the Republic is one of the higher-priority tasks of the government. According to expert’s estimates over 80% of all direct investment in Central Asia was made in Kazakhstan. The World Bank ranked Kazakhstan as one of the twenty most attractive countries in the world for investors.

Foreign investors are becoming increasingly interested in the Kazakh market. As of September 30, 2014, total foreign investment in Kazakhstan reached USD 211.5 billion. These figures make it possible to describe Kazakhstan’s investment environment as liberal, enabling foreign investors to operate in virtually all sectors.

In 2014 Kazakhstan adopted some incentives which have contributed to enhancing the country’s investment image and, accordingly, the inflow of foreign investment in its economy. According to them Kazakhstan will suspend corporate and land tax for 10 years for foreign investors setting up businesses outside its oil industry in new incentives meant to diversify the economy. In addition to suspending land and corporate tax for 10 years, foreign investors will be exempted from paying tax on non-land assets for 8 years and be reimbursed 30 percent of the costs of building new plants. The land-locked country would also allow non-oil investors to bring in foreign labourers without any quotas or permits to work for one year after the launch of a new business. The country has also suspended the requirement for visas for business executives from countries that have invested steadily in Kazakhstan and Finland is among those countries.

To facilitate navigation of regions for potentials projects Kazakh Government launched Interactive Map of Regional Development. The map includes analytical overview on the economic data of the 14 regions and two cities – Astana and Almaty. The complete information on natural and mineral resources, logistic, market, existing barriers, energy capacity, diagrams of connections, large, medium or small business operating areas is now available online. Any domestic or foreign entrepreneur, who has an intention to invest in the economy of Kazakhstan can receive a comprehensive visual information on a particular region.
Information on regions in Kazakhstan can be found http://www.businessnavigator.kz/en/  (Information by the Kazakhstan Embassy in Finland)

Expo Astana 2017 Future Energy is conceived as an extensive, integral project that addresses the fascinating topic of energy from several perspectives, allowing for it to be contemplated as a determining factor in how societies and everyday life function.

Future Energy has the clear objective —

exploring strategies, programmes and technologies aimed at sustainable energy development, promoting energy security and efficiency, encouraging the use of renewable energy, and guiding visitors through their essential, active role in the design and execution of a plan for energy efficient production and use.

Astana Expo https://expo2017astana.com/en/



Invitation to join Team Finland visit to BELARUS in September 2016

TEAM FINLAND VISIT TO BELARUS on September 12. 15.2016

Dear Madam/Sir,

Mr. Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland will visit Gomel and Minsk in Belarus with a Team Finland Business Delegation on September 12 – 15.2016. Finpro is inviting Finnish companies to join the Business Delegation in connection with this visit.

The invitation is extended to Finnish companies working on the following industry sectors:

  • Biomass-to-energy and waste-to-energy in municipal heating and power generation
  • Agricultural machinery and food processing technologies
  • Forestry machinery, sawmill equipment and machinery, forest biomass production and wood construction.

Companies from other industry sectors are also welcome to join the delegation.

Please read more on Belarus and the focus sectors in the attachment: WHY BELARUS

Finpro is responsible for the program of the business delegation. The 5th Economic Forum between Belarus and Finland will organized in Gomel on Tuesday, September 13 hosted by the Government of Belarus. The forum program will include a plenary session and several panel discussions on innovation, investment and business cooperation on the energy sector, food and agriculture, and forestry industries, followed by B2B meetings and a reception.  Gomel has a special free economic zone and is an important export region in Belarus (http://www.belarus.by/en/invest/Investor-country-profile/gomel-oblast-investor-profile). Over 22% of Belarus’ output is generated in the region’s key industries of steel and rolled metal production, machine-building, chemical, timber, woodworking, and food industries.

In Minsk, the business delegates will have an opportunity to attend official meetings and a networking reception and to request sectoral meetings with local business leaders, organizations and authorities, which Finpro will organize in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland in Minsk and the local partners.

Finpro provides the following services for participants in the Business Delegation:

  • Arranging program;
  • Sector-specific group meetings with authorities and business leaders;
  • Inclusion of your company in the business delegation brochure which will be widely distributed during the visit;
  • Block reservation for the hotels in Gomel and Minsk;
  • Group ground transportation in Gomel and Minsk by bus, including transportation from Minsk to Gomel and back; and
  • Services of Finpro’s Industry Experts and Project Manager.

To cover the expenses, Finpro will charge a maximum participation fee of:

  • Small businesses and SMEs: EUR 750 + 24% VAT per person
  • Major companies: EUR 1300 + 24% VAT per person.

Finpro will invoice the participation fee after the visit based on the actual costs of arranging the program and offered services. The invoiced fee does not exceed the amounts mentioned above.

The participation fee includes arrangements in Gomel and Minsk for September 12. – 15.2016. A 50 percent discount of the participation fee will be granted for each additional representative of your company. If the company will be represented by a person stationed in Belarus, a 25 percent discount will be granted. The discounts are not accumulative. The participation fee does not include flights or accommodation of the participant nor meals outside the business delegation program.

To express your interest in participating in this Team Finland visit, please register through this link by Friday, June 17, 2016: https://www.lyyti.in/Team_Finland_visit_to_Belarus_9021.

While filling in information via the registration link, please note that all fields are mandatory in order to successfully complete your registration form; this includes e.g. your photograph for the business delegation brochure, company logo and profile. The system will send you automatically a confirmation note after your registration has been completed successfully. The Finpro terms and conditions are included in the electronic registration form.  The registration is binding.

Preliminary program framework:

Monday 12.9.2016

Helsinki – Gomel

Tuesday 13.9.2016


Wednesday 14.9.2016

Gomel – Minsk

Thursday 15.9.2016

Minsk – Helsinki

Departure from Helsinki
for Minsk – Direct flight at 16:35 – 18:00 hrs


Bus transportation to Gomel by bus (~4 hrs)


Internal Briefing in the bus


Arrival in Gomel ~ 23:00 hrs

5th Economic Forum between
Belarus and Finland

·         Plenary Session

·         Luncheon

·         Business Session by sectors &

·         B2B Meetings

·         Reception hosted by the
Governor of Gomel region

Sectorial meetings /
Company visits


Departure from Gomel for Minsk by bus


Official Meetings in Minsk

Sectorial Meetings


Networking Reception

Official meetings

Sectorial meetings


Departure from Minsk to Helsinki via Vilnius (bus to Vilnius ~4hrs)


Direct Flight Vilnius – Helsinki 18:05 – 19:20 hrs




Ulkoministeriön alivaltiosihteeri Matti Anttonen vierailee Team Finland-yritysvaltuuskunnan kanssa Gomelissa ja Minskissä Valko-Venäjällä 12.–15.9.2016. Finpro kokoaa alivaltiosihteerin mukaan lähtevän yritysvaltuuskunnan ja suunnittelee sen vierailuohjelman.

Finpro kutsuu mukaan vierailulle yritysvaltuuskunnan, joka edustaa seuraavia toimialoja:

  • Uusiutuva energia: biomassa-energia ja energiajäte kunnallisessa lämmön ja sähkön tuotannossa
  • Maatalous: maatalouskoneet ja elintarviketeollisuuden teknologia
  • Metsäteollisuus: metsäkoneet, sahalaitteet, puurakentaminen, biotalous.

Yritykset myös muilta toimialoita ovat tervetulleita mukaan vierailulle.

Vierailulle ilmoittaudutaan tämän sähköisen linkin kautta perjantaihin, kesäkuun 17, 2016 mennessä: https://www.lyyti.in/Team_Finland_visit_to_Belarus_9021. Ilmoittautuminen on sitova. Huomioikaa rekisteröintitietoja täyttäessänne, että kaikki pakolliset kentät on täytettävä, jotta ilmoittautuminen onnistuu. Systeemi antaa sähköisen vahvistuksen kun ilmoittautumisenne on onnistuneesti kirjattu ja kaikki pakolliset kentät täytetty.

Lue lisää Valko-Venäjästä ja toimialoista: WHY BELARUS

Lisätietoa vierailusta Finprossa antavat:

Kirsti Tarvainen, Marketing Manager, Business Delegations, +358 40 34 33 434

Aleksej Leppänen, Senior Advisor, +358 40 3433 361

Vytautas Adomaitis, Finpro Country Representative, +370 685 31959

Tanja Kyllönen, Project Coordinator, Business Delegations, +358 50 3530 391

Sähköposti: etunimi.sukunimi@finpro.fi


Kehittämisavustusta ELY-keskuksesta

Suomessa toimivilla yrityksillä on mahdollisuus hakea kehittämisavustusta vienti- ja kansainvälistymishankkeisiin ELY-keskuksesta. Jos yrityksellä on käynnissä ELY-keskuksen rahoittama yrityksen kehittämisavustus/kansainvälistymishanke tai jos yritys suunnittelee sellaisen hakemista, nämä matkakulut voidaan soveltuvin osin sisällyttää avustuksen/uuden hakemuksen piiriin mikäli yritys on sisällyttänyt ko. alueen hakemuksensa kohdemaaksi. Avustushakemus on kuitenkin jätettävä ennen osallistumisvahvistusta.  ELY-keskuksen myöntämää tukea voidaan myöntää pääsääntöisesti enintään 50 % avustuksen piiriin hyväksyttävistä kuluista.  Lisätietoa avustushakemuksesta saatte alueenne ELY-keskuksesta: http://palvelut.team.finland.fi/rahoitus.


Kirsti Tarvainen
Mobile: +358 403 433 434
Porkkalankatu 1 – FI-00180 Helsinki – Finland – Internet: http://www.finpro.fi
Tel: +358 294 6951 – Lync: +358 294 695 434
E-mail: Kirsti.Tarvainen@finpro.fi



Global Economic Prospects: Europe and Central Asia

Recent Developments

The developing Europe and Central Asia region is estimated to have slowed to 2.1 percent in 2015 from 2.3 percent the year before, as the eastern part of the region was hit by sharply lower oil prices, conflict in Ukraine and regional ripple effects from a recession in the Russian Federation. The western part of the region is benefitting from lower fuel import costs and a moderate recovery in the Euro Area.

International sanctions against Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine and lower commodity prices hindered Russia’s economy, which contracted by 3.8 percent in 2015 after growing by 0.6 percent the previous year. Plunging oil export revenues deteriorated Russia’s trade balance and weakened the ruble.

Growth in Turkey is estimated to have accelerated to 4.2 percent in 2015 from 2.9 percent the previous year, boosted by higher consumption and net exports on lower fuel costs. Strengthening economic activity in the Euro Area and low oil prices have helped stabilize Turkey’s current account deficit.


Growth in the Europe and Central Asia region is projected to rise to 3 percent in 2016 as oil prices fall more slowly or stabilize, Russia’s economy improves, and Ukraine recovers. Gains depend on whether the region can manage challenges including geopolitical tensions, low oil prices, and tighter external financing conditions.

A modest pick-up of growth over the 2016-18 forecast period in the eastern part of the region, which includes Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, may be helped by a stabilization of commodity prices following the sharp drop since 2014. A bottoming-out of Russia’s recession in 2016 would support growth in the rest of the eastern part of the region.

Russia is projected to contract by 0.7 percent in 2016, before posting positive growth in 2017. Sustained low oil prices and international sanctions will be drags on economic activity. Weak investor confidence and high interest rates are chilling investment, and a sharp drop in consumer purchasing power has hurt consumption.

A rebound in conflict-torn Ukraine, which is projected to expand by 1 percent this year from a 12 percent contraction in 2015, will also raise the regional aggregates. Measures to strengthen Ukraine’s fiscal situation, including cutting pension benefits, shrinking the government, and raising utility tariffs should help pare the budget deficit.

The western part of the region, which includes Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Western Balkans, should grow moderately in 2016, buoyed by a recovery in the Euro Area.

Growth in Turkey is forecast to remain at about 3.5 percent in 2016-18. Faster growth will depend on de-escalating tensions in the southeast of the country and managing the refugee crisis from the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Growth should pick up modestly in Kazakhstan, rising to 1.1 percent in 2016 from 0.9 percent in the year just ended. The country will benefit from the Kashagan off-shore oil field coming on stream, oil prices stabilizing, and Russia’s economy healing. Growth will remain well below levels registered in the first decade of the century as weak domestic demand appears likely to limit industrial and services growth.


Geopolitical tensions loom over the region. An escalation or failure to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine would hurt one of the largest economies in the region and could lead to extended or tougher sanctions against Russia, with regional ripple effects. Intensified violence in Syria could escalate the flow of refugees and have impacts in Turkey, the Balkans and western parts of the region. Low commodity prices and weak remittance flows will also be drags on growth for many countries.

Europe and Central Asia – Full Analysis and Data

Global Economic Prospects: Spillovers amid Weak Growth – January 2016

Read more here. Source: Worldbank


Commercial and investment offers of LLC «Khlibodar»

LLC “Krupyaniy dim” has taken the leading position in the field of grits production and business activity in Ukraine for 15 years. The aim of the company is to supply customers with goods and services of the highest quality and acceptable prices.

• Wholesale of grain, pulse, oil crops and their derivative products all over the world;
• Elevator services: storage and processing grain, pulse, oil crops;
• Services of grain container terminal;
• Transport and forwarding services.

LLC “Krupyaniy dim” is a full member of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

The company purchases and supplies the following crops :
maize, barley, wheat, sunflower seeds, yellow peas, millet (yellow and red), buckwheat, mustard seeds (white, yellow, black), coriander, flaxseeds, soybeans, sorghum, etc.

Besides of that, our company has a great potential in production and selling grits.

More information:
Investment Opportunity Teaser
investors invitation
Management Presentation Investment project
Form of the commercial offer

www.khlibodar.com.ua e-mail: krupianojdom@gmail.com


Investment offer of «SITIK-AGRO» farming enterprise

Project resume

The project main purpose. The project main purpose is consumers provision with healthy products. According to the offered business project the «SITIK-AGRO» farming enterprise plans to grow non-traditional crop for Ukraine’s agro market, the oily Styrian pumpkin seeds (up to 50% of the sown area for the 5th year’s project realization), which is feedstock for getting the pumpkin oil. Thus the business project realization excludes Ukraine’s government interference in growing activities and realization of our export yield. We shall grow concomitant crops like corn and wheat to provide crop rotation. Our goal is to take leading roles on a newly born Ukrainian market of Styrian oily pumpkin seeds covering at least 30% of the market share.

Read more:
Investment offer of SITIK-AGRO farming enterprise


Suomen suurlähetystö, Varsova: Puolan uuden hallituksen talousuudistukset

Edustustojen raportit, 22.12.2015 | Suomen suurlähetystö, Varsova

PiS-puolue (Laki ja Oikeudenmukaisuus) teki ennen vaaleja mittavia taloudellisia lupauksia, jotka on tarkoitus rahoittaa uusilla pankki- ja vähittäiskauppaveroilla. Talousuudistuksia on kritisoitu liiallisesta optimistisuudesta ja suuntautumisesta ulkomaalaisia yrityksiä vastaan. Viime kevään presidentinvaaleista alkanut PiS-puolueen  valtakausi Puolan politiikassa on näkynyt negatiivisesti Varsovan pörssissä.

Pääministeri Beata Szydłon hallituksen talouspoliittisen ohjelman keskiössä on pyrkimys kehittää Puolaa sen kaikkia kansalaisia hyödyttävällä tavalla sekä tukea pk-yrityksiä. Optimistisiksi ja populistisiksi kuvaillut talousuudistukset tulevat vaikuttamaan voimakkaasti valtion budjettiin.

Vaalilupausten rahoitus on aiheuttanut eniten kiistaa. Sveitsin frangin alkuvuoden vahvistumisesta kärsineelle pankkisektorille on luvassa lisäharmia taseverosta ja isoille vähittäiskaupoille haasteita luo uusi liikevaihtoon perustuva vähittäiskauppavero.

Poliittisen epävarmuuden kasvu on näkynyt myös pörssissä. Presidentin vaalien jälkeen pörssin 20 suurimmasta yrityksestä koostuva WIG20-indeksi on menettänyt arvostaan lähemmäs 30 prosenttia. Huomattavaa on että Euroopassa viimeisen kuuden kuukauden aikana vain Kiovan pörssi on suoriutunut huonommin. Myös zloty on heikentynyt voimakkaasti Puolan suurimpia kauppavaluuttoja vastaan…

Lue koko raportti täältä.


Jääkiekko siltana businesmaailmaan – suomalaiset ja kroatialaiset liikemiehet kohtasivat

Kroatia II

Jokerit Hockey Club, CEO Jukka Kohonen

Suomalainen liikemiesvaltuuskunta vieraili viime vuonna Kroatiassa jääkiekko-ottelun yhteydessä. Nyt oli aika kroatialaisten liikemiesten vierailla Suomessa. Jääkiekossa liiketoiminta muuttuu nopeasti, ja muutos on jatkuvaa. Urheilu voi antaa yrityksille mahdollisuuksia kohdata ja murtaa jäätä rakentamalla siltoja.

Kroatian vienti on lisääntynyt 10 % ja tuotanto kasvaa, mutta aina on varaa parantaa toimintaa, sanoi Kroatian Suomen suurlähettiläs Kresmir Kopcic.

Kroatian bkt kasvoi vuoden 2015 kolmannella neljänneksellä 2,8 prosenttia. Keskipalkka Kroatiassa on 768 euroa kuukaudessa. Suurin osa viennistä, peräti 89,5 prosenttia, menee EU:n alueelle. Suomen ja Kroatian kauppa on vaatimatonta, mutta sillä on paljon potentiaalia kasvaa. Itävalta, Alankomaat, Saksa ja Unkari ovat suurimmat investoijat Kroatiassa.

Kroatia III

Ines Obradovic, Head of Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation Division, Croatian Chamber of Economy

Kroatian sijainti on ainutlaatuinen geostrategisesti katsottuna. Yritysilmapiiri on turvallinen ja vakaa. Työvoima on ammatti- ja kielitaitoista. Kroatia antaa investoijille myös veroetuuksia.

Suomalaisilla yrityksillä on liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia esimerkiksi energia- ja infrasektorilla sekä sähkö- ja elintarviketeollisuudessa.

Jokerit pelasi jääkiekko-ottelun kroatialaiasta Zagrebin Medvescakia vastaan 14.12.2015 Helsingissä. Ryhmä kroatialaisia liikemiehiä saapui Suomeen tapaamaan suomalaisia yrityksiä ja katsomaan ottelua. Helsingin seudun kauppakamarit, Jokerit Hockey Club, Suomi-Keskisen Itä-Euroopan maiden kauppayhdistys, Keskuskauppakamari, Kroatian kauppakamari, Kroatian Suomen suurlähetystö ja Enterprise Europe Network järjestivät seminaarin ja B2B-tapaamisia kroatialaisille ja suomalaisille yrityksille. Jääkiekkojoukkueet esittäytyivät. Tämän jälkeen pidettiin lyhyet katsaukset Suomen ja Kroatian liike-elämästä ja liiketoimintamahdollisuuksista Suomessa ja Kroatiassa.

Esitykset löytyvät täältä.


Silkkitie, cleantech ja koulutus avaavat suomalaisyrityksille mahdollisuuksia Kazakstanissa

Kazakstanin jäsenyys Euraasian talousliitossa, WTO-jäsenyys sekä mukanaolo Kiinan aloitteessa luoda Kazakstanin kautta kulkeva raide- ja maantieliikkeeseen perustuva silkkitie Euroopan ja Aasian välille tarjoavat suomalaisillekin yrityksille kiinnostavia liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia. Tässä kannattaa hyödyntää Team Finland -palveluja.



Elmia Subcontracting fair in Sweden – meet with a Czech Company at the exhibition

A Czech company Kornet – a manufacturing company of a middle size (http://www.kornetsro.eu ) is participating at the Elmia Subcontracting fair in Sweden in November 2015 and would like to invite some Finnish companies to come and visit their stand at the exhibition. Free tickets will be offered by the company. http://www.elmia.se/en/subcontractor/For-Visitors/Entrance-ticket-online/?code=F449505


Business opportunies in Hungary

Waterbird Foods Europe SRL
– looking for disbutors and co-operation partners

Lakker Ltd. was established in 1990, the activities are the following:

  • technical research & development & innovation and patent managing,
  • distribution of wooden products – wall panels, floorboards, spruce sawn-timber, garden elements, other wooden products (for order only),
  • distribution of insect- and sun-screening (for order only),
  • manufacture of wooden products – doors, windows, furniture, exhibition requisites for museums, renewal and restoration of cabinet-work (for order only),
  • representative of foreign companies and products

Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) facility in Szeged
SEE: http://www.eli-hu.hu/?q=en/presscoverage

History on the Press Coverage:  2015 ELI presentation in Rome

On October 9th in Rome, a symposium was held with the aim to present to the italian scientific community and to the industries the opportunities offered by the three Pillars of the “Extreme Light Infrastructure” (ELI) and the involvement of the major italian research institutions in the ELI implementation.

ELI-ALPS and SINCROTRONE sign research partnership agreement
ELETTRA SINCROTRONE and ELI-ALPS made a comprehensive partnership on 23th July that will enable both organisations to deliver high quality scientific outcomes.

Attosecond Laser Facility Awards €1.4M in Secondary-Source Contracts
Leaders of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) facility planned for the city of Szeged recently signed contracts totaling €1.4 million for development of four secondary light sources.

Fastlite to develop mid-IR laser system for ELI-ALPS
The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) announced that Fastlite has been award the contract to develop the project’s mid-infrared laser system.

jan 27 2014
Budapest Business Journal
Amplitude Technologies to deliver HUF 5.9 bln laser to ELI-HU
France’s Amplitude Technologies has won a tender to build a HUF 5.9 bln laser system at a superlaser center in Szeged (southeastern Hungary), ELI-HU, the center’s operator, announced today.

NOV 19
Hungarian Attosecond Laser Facility Gets EU Funding
The European Commission recently approved € 111 million (about $150 million) to build an attosecond laser research complex in Hungary.

ma 28
New, cutting-edge research centre to be built in Hungary
The facility will help upgrade natural science studies in Hungary and across the international research community.

feb 06 2012
Extreme-Light-Infrastructure: when scientific excellence contributes to Europe’s cohesion
Implemented as a distributed infrastructure in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, ELI will be the first infrastructure identified…

sep 18 2011
World’s most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space
A laser powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space is planned as part of a new scientific project that aims to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our universe.

More information:

Dr. Csaba VISY
Professor Emeritus
Department of Physical Chemistry & Materials Science
University of Szeged, Rerrich square, Szeged
H-6720 Hungary
tel:+36 62-544 667, fax: +36 62-546 482



Free-from elintarvikkeita Tšekin tasavaltaan


Tšekin vuotuiselta arvoltaan 15 miljardin euron elintarvikemarkkina on saman suuruinen Suomen elintarvikemarkkinan kanssa. Euromonitorin mukaan tšekkiläiset kuluttajat arvostavat ja ostavat yhä enemmän puhtaita ja turvallisia laatuelintarvikkeita. 10 miljoonaisesta väestöstä 15 % arvioi olevansa ruoka-aineallergikkoja. Gluteenittomien ja laktoosittomien tuotteiden, niin kutsutun free-from –tuotesegmentin arvioidaan Tšekeissä kasvavan vuosittain 15-20 %:lla. Kasvua tukee suurten kaupunkien ostovoimainen väestö.

Tšekin kuluttajamarkkina on tottumuksiltaan hyvin paljon naapurimaan Saksan kaltainen, jossa suomalaiset elintarviketuottajat ovat jo nähneet free-from -kysynnän kasvun. Saksalaiset maahantuojat dominoivat tällä hetkellä Tšekin markkinaa, mutta myös laadukkaille ja kilpailukykyisille suomalaisille free-from -tuotteille nähdään olevan tilausta. Puhtailla tuotteillamme on hyvä maine ja ne voisivat tarjota hyvän vaihtoehdon supermarketeissa, apteekeissa ja pienemmissä erikoisliikkeissä myytäville saksalaisille valmisteille. Interspar on yrityskaupan myötä poistunut omalla merkillään free-from markkinalta.

Kooltaan suomalaisille elintarvikeyrityksille sopivana Tšekin free-from markkina voisi toimia testikenttänä valmistauduttaessa Saksan tai muiden Keskisen tai Itäisen-Euroopan markkinoille menoon. Kysyntää nähdään olevan niin kuivatuotteissa ja pakasteissa sekä pakastettujen valmisaterioiden kategorioissa.

Finpro on perehtynyt Tšekin free-from markkinan arvoketjuihin. Olemme tunnistaneet paikallisia maahantuojia ja jakelijoita, jotka toimittavat free-from tuotteita suurille elintarvikeketjuille, apteekeille ja laitoskeittiöille. Olemme tutkineet myös free-from tuotteisiin erikoistuneita jakelijoita, jotka keskittyvät loppuasiakassegmenttiin. Tšekeissä toimii myös suomalaistaustainen yrittäjä, jolla on hyvät suhteet Prahan päivittäistavarakauppaan sekä HoReCa-sektoriin  ja täten mahdollisuudet jakeluyhteistyöhön suomalaisten yritysten kanssa.

Free-from –tuotteiden valmistajille tarjoutuu mahdollisuus kuulla lisää tästä liiketoimintamahdollisuudesta ja tavata potentiaalisia kumppaneita elokuussa 2015 järjestettävässä Food from Finland –tilaisuudessa Helsingissä.

Kiinnostuitko tästä liiketoimintamahdollisuudesta?

Ota yhteyttä asiantuntijaan:

Esa Wrang
Head of Industry, Food
email: esa.wrang@finpro.fi
puh: +358 400 243 076

Lili Lehtovuori
Senior Advisor
email: lili.lehtovuori@finpro.fi 
puh: +358 294 695 821
puh: +43 664 254 5289

Lähde: Finpro


Uusiutuva energia Unkarin lämmöntuotannossa – liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia suomalaisille yrityksille

Unkarissa käynnistynyt kaukolämpöjärjestelmän uudistus nostaa esiin maan uusiutuvien energialähteiden, kuten puun ja yhdyskuntajätteen, kasvavan merkityksen lämmöntuotannossa. Uudistus tarjoaa uusia liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia suomalaisille yrityksille, joilla on osaamista kaukolämmön tuotannon ja uusiutuvan energian aloilla.
EU:n Unkarille asettamien “20-20-20” ilmasto ja energia -tavoitteiden mukaan maan RES-tavoite on 14,63 %, mutta vuonna 2014 toteutunut luku oli vasta 8 %. Energiasektorilla Unkarin nykyinen RES-suhde on noin 3,5 %. EU tulee rahoittamaan budjetistaan Unkarin kaukolämpöjärjestelmän modernisaatiota ja kehitystä.

Unkari sitoutuu uusiutuvaan energiaan ja kaukolämpöön
Unkarin uusiutuvan energian toimenpideohjelma hyödyntää maan biomassapotentiaalia ja kehittää sähkön ja lämmön yhteistuotantoa. Uuden jätelain tuoma kaatopaikkavero ohjaa kierrätettyä yhdyskuntajätettä energiantuotantoon (W2E). Kaatopaikkavero nousee asteittain joka vuosi. Vero oli EUR 20 (HUF 6 000) vuonna 2014 ja tulee olemaan EUR 40 (12 000 HUF) vuonna 2016.

Tänä vuonna perustettu First National Utilities Company (ENKSZ) on tärkeä uusi toimija Unkarin energiasektorilla. ENKSZ aloitti maakaasun jakelutoiminnan tänä keväänä. Myös sähkönjakelu ja kaukolämmön integroiminen käynnistyvät tänä vuonna. Unkarissa on tällä hetkellä 16 merkittävää kaukolämpöyritystä, joiden yhteenlaskettu markkinaosuus on 80 %. Yritykset tutkivat parhaillaan mahdollisuuksia päivittää omia lämmönlähteitään tai kehittää uusia uusiutuvan energian lähteitä vuodesta 2016 alkaen.

Suomella on vahva ja vihreä maine

Suomalaisella uusiutuvan energian osaamisella on hyvä maine Unkarissa ja Suomi nähdään kestävän ympäristöhallinnon edellä kävijänä. Suomi on Unkarin energiasektorin toimijoiden RES-teknologian vertailumaa. Suomalainen tarjooma on siten erittäin mielenkiintoinen mahdollisille unkarilaisille asiakkaille.
Suomi tunnetaan myös kaukolämmön tehokkaasta ja ympäristöystävällisestä uusiutuvan energian käytöstä. Esimerkkinä kiinnostuksesta Unkarin kaukolämpöyhdistys tutustui vuonna 2012 kaukolämpöjärjestelmään sekä uusiutuviin energialähteisiin perustuvaan lämmöntuotantoon. Mukana oli 26 osallistujaa Unkarin suurimmista kaukolämpöyrityksistä.

Liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia suomalaisille yrityksille seuraavilla alueilla:

  • Kaukolämpöjärjestelmään liittyvät teknologiat
  • Tekninen konsultointi ja suunnittelu
  • Biomassa ja W2E teknologiat ja ratkaisut
  • Investoinnit tuotantoon ja toimintaan

Tutustu tarkemmin tähän mahdollisuuteen! Finpron asiantuntijat auttavat – ota yhteyttä!

Helena Sarén
Senior Advisor

+ 358 40 343 3324
Attila Debreczeni
Finpron edustaja Unkarissa

+36 20 219 4003
Lähde: Finpro


Why Slovakia?

Machinery (automotive and mechanical engineering)
Slovakia is one of the world leaders in the automotive industry, and in 2014, close to 1 million cars were produced in Slovakia. The automotive industry makes up 43 % of total industrial production in the country. There are three large car manufacturers in Slovakia, as Volkswagen’s plant in Bratislava was recently joined by PCA Peugeot (Trnava) and KIA Motors (Žilina). Business opportunities can also be found in the traditionally growth sectors of Slovakia: Machinery and precision engineering, metallurgy and metal processing, electronics and chemistry and pharmacy.

Energy & Cleantech The Slovak energy sector is marked by a high dependence on imported primary energy sources and dominance of nuclear power in production of electricity (55%). Renewable energy usage is at 9.7% of total consumption, with the target for 2020 being 14%, (and energy self-sufficiency by renewables by 2050). Energy intensity of the national economy is still high and above EU average (target is to reach EU average in 2020). The Slovakian Vision 2050 estimates a higher growth of energy service demand (heated floor space etc.) than in the EU-15 countries. The application of green and clean technologies is a priority both in the energy sector and in other industries. There is plenty of opportunities for business cooperation e.g. in treatment of drinking water, cleaning of sewage water, waste handling and usage of geothermal resources for industrial and medical purposes. Slovak companies are interested in cooperating with Finnish partners in the energy and gas sectors e.g. in complex turnkey deliveries of electric and thermal power plants (coal, combined gas and steam, and biomass).

ICT, R&D and start-ups Slovakia aims to transform its economy into a knowledge economy by the year 2020. This means re-structuralizing the main industrial sectors towards higher valued added production and more efficient production techniques. To this end, Slovakia is focusing strongly on support into R&D and higher value-added sectors, such as ICT, SSC and R&D projects. As part of this effort, new science parks and research centers will be built up next to the best Slovak Universities in 11 different locations across Slovakia. R&D investments are planned to focus i.e. on the steel industry, plastics research (biodegradable plastics and polymeric materials), automation, robotics and digital technologies.

The Slovak start-up industry has received increasing attention over the past few years and the community has been growing since 2010. Improvements to the ecosystem, such as co-working spaces, start-up funds and accelerators have contributed to a favorable ground for successful ventures. The industry also enjoys support from high up as Slovak President Andrej Kiska has profiled himself as a strong supporter of the field. During a recent visit to the USA, he opened the business accelerator Slovak American Innovation Center in San Diego. Successful Slovak start-ups include M.dot, which was bought by the American firm GoDaddy for USD 15 million in early 2013.

Healthcare industry: The Slovak healthcare and medical equipment market is extremely competitive. The healthcare system is still very much in the public sector, although the majority of pharmacies and health spas are now privately owned. Slovakia spends a relatively high portion of GDP on healthcare (8 % in 2014). Slovak medical device market will grow by 3.9 % over the 2015-2018. Slovakia is heavily reliant on imported medical devices despite the presence of an established medical device industry. Around 88 % of the medical device market is supplied by imports. These are largely supplied from Germany and other Western European countries. The country has a well-established export industry focusing on areas such as dentistry.

Slovak companies participating in the state visit of the Slovak President in Finland would like to offer internet-based platforms (connecting medical specialists willing to share their knowledge with patients globally), designs that produce blood purification devices, development of portable diagnostic instruments for health, and nutritional supplements in Slovakia.

Robotics: Research activities in the area of robotics in Slovakia are focused on the development of automatic control and their applications in the field of propulsion systems, robotics, energy, chemical and biological processes. The main targets are oriented on the methods for optimal management of complex systems and decentralized, adaptive, robust and predictive control. Currently, Slovakia is concentrated mainly on problems of network management and robust hybrid and computational intelligence methods in management.

The participants of the state visit of the Slovak President are concentrated in the solutions of product and technological innovations, process innovation, industrial automation, material innovation and biomedical engineering. They offer programming of industrial robots and design of robotic workplaces as well as manufacturing of high-precision reduction gears. Slovakia also would like to offer in its cluster the space for potential partners from the field of car industry, consumer electronics, measurement and control technology, drive, sensor and technology components, manipulation and robotic technology.

Cyber security: The National Security Strategy of the Slovak Republic highlights the need to adopt measures to reduce vulnerability of critical infrastructure elements with emphasis on information and communication systems. The Slovak Republic authorities will continue to work towards ensuring security and integrity of information and communication systems, in particular the systems that are essential for securing basic functions of the state. In addition, they will continue to cooperate with foreign partners in order to maximize the security of the systems of mutual communication and information exchange, in particular in the area of the transmission and protection of classified data.

The Slovak business delegation will be focusing on providing information technology services – server farm design, administration and penetration testing services, operation and security of information system, swift, banking applications, and antivirus solutions.

Source: Embassy of Slovakia & Sario


Invitation to meet Slovak companies at Finpro on October 21, 2015
More information here.

The Slovak-Finnish Business Seminar, Oct 22nd, 2015
More information here.


Beyond paprika – Hungary as a promising business location for Finnish companies

Judit Szigeti, October 2015

LogMeIn, Ustream, Enbrite.ly, Prezi: what is common among these companies? All of them have Hungarian roots.

LogMeIn was founded in Budapest, and has its development center still in the Hungarian capital. Internet service provider Ustream is a classic example of a successful American-Hungarian cooperation, while Enbrite.ly is well known already in Finland, winning the grand prize for the best startup at Slush 2014. Prezi proved that a company started in Budapest can become a global success and helped to turn the Hungarian capital among the six most promising cities in the European startup scene for 2015. Budapest is cheaper than Western European cities, corporate tax is low, educational level is high and incubators can help to forge networks.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

But not only startups choose Budapest: a lot of international companies have recently selected Hungary as one of their future business locations: Audi, Mercedes Benz, Lego, Apollo Tyres, Honeywell, Takata, ZF, Festo, Schwarzmüller or Nokia Networks. Many of these recent investment decisions are the result of the Hungarian government’s intention to create the region’s most investor-friendly business environment in Hungary. Various forms of refundable and non-refundable funding are available to encourage investments in both manufacturing and high-value added sectors such as R&D and service centers. According to the fDi Magazine, Budapest has been the most attractive city for foreign direct investment in Eastern Europe in 2014-2015: many successful investment projects were implemented in the previous years. The best example is Nokia Networks Hungary that signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Hungarian government, receiving EUR ~700K grant in 2011, and was awarded the title “Company of the Year” for R&D Investment in 2014.

Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary

Why Hungary? Economic growth rate is improving in Hungary. Hungary is among the most successful countries in the EU in combating unemployment. Unemployment rate recently has fallen to 7.4 percent. Last year the GDP growth was 3.5 percent, the second highest in the EU. The automotive sector is one of Hungary’s leading industries, accounting for 20% of total exports, while electronics manufacturing and research are among the main drivers of innovation and economic growth in the country. Hungary is a net exporter of agricultural and food products, since the country has very good agricultural characteristics (perfect land quality, favorable hydrography, plenty of sunshine hours). Hungarian export products are already well-known on the Finnish market (paprika, Tokaji wines, plum, salami). The total ban on the use of GMOs is another competitive advantage for Hungary.

Hungary has many great assets to offer to Finnish companies, from investment projects to subcontracting. For further information please visit the website of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (http://hipa.hu/en/our-services/about-hipa/) and the Hungarian National Trading House (http://tradehouse.hu/).

Furthermore, Embassy of Hungary will organize a Business and Innovation forum in Helsinki on the 21st October 2015. The keynote speaker will be Mr. László Szabó, former CEO of Teva Hungary, currently Deputy Minister of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Further high level presenters from Hungary include CEOs of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency; the Hungarian National Trading House and the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (more information and registration: https://kauppakamari.fi/en/2015/09/08/hungarian-business-innovation-forum-21-10-2015-helsinki/ or contact directly the Embassy of Hungary at mission.hel@mfa.gov.hu).

This article was written by Judit Szigeti

Embassy of Hungary will organize a Business and Innovation forum in Helsinki on the 21st October 2015

Join Team Finland Visit to Hungary in November 2015