15.2.2018

Explore the Balkans – Business opportunities seminar

Balkan countries offer numerous business opportunities for Finnish companies

Time:             Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:30 – 16:30
Venue:          Team Finland House, auditorium, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki
Seminar is offered free of charge but requires a pre-registration. The seminar language is English.

Get a closer look at the business and investment opportunities in the Balkan region, as well as learn about financial support and services that Team Finland network offers to Finnish companies interested in doing business in this region.

Register now or by March 20, 2018

https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/balkans_seminar

Detailed information on the seminar:

https://www.lyyti.fi/p/balkans_seminar/en/seminar_program

WHY the Balkans?

Good geographical location and European business culture are basic advantages of this region. The following Balkan countries are highlighted in this seminar: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Combined, these countries represent a market of around 20 million people.
Read more here.

For further information PLEASE CONTACT:

Ms. Leena Sipilä
Business Finland, +358 40 334 7056, leena.sipila@businessfinland.fi

Ms. Anne Hatanpää
Finland Chamber of Commerce, +358 50 320 9539, anne.hatanpaa@chamber.fi

Mr. Igor Madžarević
Embassy of Finland, Belgrade, +381 63 649 838, igor.madzarevic@formin.fi

 

 

15.2.2018

Finland and the Czech Republic: Exploring Main Trends and Overcoming Stereotypes as Modern Source of Business Opportunities

100 years ago, the Czech Republic and Finland received the international recognition as the new, independent and democratic republics in Europe.  Within coming years, both countries developed their reputation within European and world industrial community focusing, among others, on free trade advocacy. The question whether and how our mutual trade can create win-win situation for the both countries is an underlying topic of our interview with H.E. Ivan Jukl, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Finland.

Economic and political outlook of the Czech Republic today – and what are the prospects for the country?

Czech Republic is currently enjoying strong economic growth, which is supposed to continue not only in this year but also during the next one. Wages are increasing (however being still low compared to Finland) and the unemployment rate is historically the lowest. Together with low interest rates, it creates very favourable conditions for attracting more investments. Since the public finance continue to be in a good shape, further increase of infrastructure investment is expected. Population ageing and commitments of increasing security and defence expenditures, similarly to Finland, belong to the main challenges for our future.

Which kind of business opportunities there are for Finnish companies in the Czech Republic?

It would too simple to narrow business cooperation of our countries just to opportunities on the Czech market. Traditional sectors of the both countries are struggling with stagnating productivity and thus new innovative and globally relevant solutions, creating new markets or changing current ones, are the must. Robotics, digital solutions for population ageing are just one example. The so-called closed loop economy is another opportunity. Of course, Finnish technologies like total recycling of tyres or robotic waste classification sound very interesting to us. However, we should not forget that Czech Republic also belongs among countries with unique circular economy solutions. For the Nordic business community, it sounds a bit surprising but the feedback we received here for our technology transforming demolition waste into new building blocks is probably the most evident example.

How to enter the Czech Market as an exporter or an investor?

For about 14 years we have been a part of the EU single market and my country has always belonged, together with Finland, to the group of like-minded countries advocating free trade. Generally, I do not see any substantial barriers neither for our mutual trade nor for investments. We should keep in mind that Kone, Tieto or YIT belong amongst the most successful investors in the Czech Republic. Likewise, our Škoda Transportation has helped its Finnish daughter Transtech in increasing its competitiveness both in fields of trams and trains production. To answer more business specific questions, I encourage our Finnish friends to contact my team at the Czech Embassy.

Two elections (legislative and presidential) have been arranged in the Czech Republic in 2017 and 2018. Will there be any major changes for business after these elections?

Czech Republic passed successfully the transformation in 90s and we are fully democratic country where the election results do not have substantial influence on our economy.  It does not mean that there is no space for improvement in our business environment. On the contrary-every Czech government tries to find a way forward regularly consulting with private sector representatives.

How Czech enterprises have been able benefit from the Free Trade Agreements the Czech Republic has signed separately or as a member of the EU?  

To me there is no difference between the Czech Republic and Finland in terms of using advantages of EU single market and common EU trade policy. The size of our markets should not become a limit for our industries, so we will always advocate a free trade. Our growing export and FDI numbers are the best evidence of rationality of this approach. What we obviously should pay attention to, for example, is reaching good compromise with the UK where the effort of keeping mutually advantageous conditions for market access should belong to basic values to be preserved after Brexit.

We know Prague as a great tourist destination very well. Which other towns and regions you would recommend us to visit and why?

Of course, the Czech Republic is not just a country of Prague, beer and glass. All three “ingredients” are still in great condition however, I believe the perception of my country has changed. Those who regularly visit our numerous UNESCO sites, spas, castles, ski-resorts or vineyards can easily confirm that opinion. I am also glad that more and more Finns are discovering the attractiveness of our new golf courses or international cycling tracks. Discovering countryside beauties is a way in which we can inspire each other.

As we see – getting over some stereotypes in our mutual perception might become the best opportunity to enhance our trade, investments and tourist visits. Being an Ambassador in such country as Finland reminds me of the importance of permanent innovation every day. Being an active part of that process between our countries is my absolute priority.

Ivan Jukl

Ambassador
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Armfeltintie 14
00150 Helsinki
Tel: +358 404 878 090
www.mzv.cz/helsinki
FB: @CzechEmbassyFinland

12.2.2018

Explore the Balkans – Business Opportunities for Finnish Companies – Seminar

Balkan countries offer numerous business opportunities for Finnish companies. Good geographical location and European business culture are basic advantages of this region. The Balkan countries to be introduced at this seminar include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Combined, these countries represent a market of around 20 million people.

Excluding Croatia, already an EU member state, the countries share the goal of becoming EU members in the near future and have the EU accession very high on their agendas. Balkan countries have become an increasingly interesting market for EU goods and services and the whole market is gradually becoming part of EU value chains. All (non-EU) Balkan countries have a free trade agreement with the European Union, which makes the level of economic integration with the EU already very high and which creates pre-conditions for successful trade with Finnish companies.

Leaving the turbulent past behind, the Balkan countries have gone through a tremendous economic transformation, demonstrating great potential and opportunities for growth. In 2017, the GDP growth rates exceeded EU average, and they are expected to increase in the following years, driven by private consumption and increasing investment and exports.

Most of the business opportunities in the Balkan countries are related to the environment (including waste management, wastewater treatment and air pollution), energy, agribusiness and food processing sectors, in addition to the health and services sector, especially tourism industry. The new EU Strategy for the Western Balkans (announced in February) directs more focus on this region. The EU targets are, for instance, transport and energy connectivity and digital agenda. Concrete actions are foreseen between 2018 and 2020. Finnish education system, cleantech, innovations and IT industry are promoted intensively among local stakeholders, thus making the market entry of Finnish companies operating in these sectors easier.

There is a steady inflow of foreign direct investments to the Balkan countries, based on the skilled and price competitive labor force, competitive operating costs and friendly business environment. Companies from the EU are utilizing numerous outsourcing opportunities mainly within IT, metal processing, automotive and textile industries.

Many Finnish companies have not found their way to the Balkans, yet. This seminar is a great opportunity to get a closer look at the business and investment opportunities in the Balkan region, as well as to learn about financial support and services that Team Finland network offers to Finnish companies interested to do business in this region.

Save the date: Explore the Balkans – Business Opportunities Seminar in Helsinki on 27 March, 2018

Written by Mr Igor Madzarevic, Economic Advisor, Embassy of Finland in Belgrade

 

8.11.2017

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

COMING TOGETHER IS A BEGINNING; KEEPING TOGETHER IS PROGRESS; WORKING TOGETHER IS SUCCESS. (Henry Ford)

 

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

Black sea I
Black sea II
Black sea III
Black sea IV

9.10.2017

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

 

 

 

 

 

31.8.2017

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.

 

26.5.2017

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

Thanks!

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

 

 

11.7.2016

Economic Snapshot for South-Eastern Europe

FOCUS ECONOMICS, 5 July 2016

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.

23.6.2016

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/

 

3.6.2016

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

Gomel

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

 

 

TEAM FINLAND-MATKA VALKO-VENÄJÄLLE syyskuun 12 – 15. 2016

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
Manager
Finpro
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

 

15.2.2016

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.

Outlook

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.

Risks

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

30.12.2015

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.

THE KEY ACTIVITY AREAS OF THE COMPANY :
• 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
INVESTMENT_PROJECT
investors invitation
Management Presentation Investment project
Form of the commercial offer

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

30.12.2015

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

30.12.2015

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.

16.12.2015

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.

1.12.2015

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.

http://www.tekes.fi/nyt/uutiset-2015/silkkitie-cleantech-ja-koulutus-avaavat-suomalaisyrityksille-mahdollisuuksia-kazakstanissa/

23.10.2015

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

23.10.2015

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.hu
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.

photonics.com
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.

Ofweek
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
http://www.sci.u-szeged.hu/physchem/elchem/index.htm

 

2.10.2015

Free-from elintarvikkeita Tšekin tasavaltaan

Finpro

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