Review: FBCS Christmas Luncheon- Impacts of the Third Plenum

Published Fri / December 6 / 2013

Kenneth Jarrett,  President of AmCham Shanghai, is a rock-star speaker who is well-informed about all current issues in China. On the 6th of December, FBCS was proud to present him as the speaker for our Christmas luncheon. Kenneth Jarrett went into detail describing the impacts of the Third Plenum: how tax rates are changing, how the the Free Trade Zone -experiment is under progress, how the arrangement of migrant work is becoming easier and how the one child policy is slowly being eradicated. Mr. Jarrett emphasized how China is on the path to a market-led future with the leadership of Xi Jinping. He also predicted that as the power of Mr. Xi increases over the coming years, the implementation of newly formed laws will also be emphasized.

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Review: China's changing legal landscape

Published Mon / November 25 / 2013

On Wednesday the 20th of November we had pleasure of welcoming Mr. Geir Sviggum, partner of the international law firm Wikborg, Rein & Co., as our luncheon speaker. Mr. Sviggum gave a captivating presentation about how China is changing legally and where it is headed. He spoke about how the combination of growth in disposable income in China and the structural changes taking place have lead to a more complex view of the economy as well as to a re-shuffling of internal influences. While the Third Plenum took a step towards creating new legal criteria for foreigners, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is sure to shake existing structures. Regarding the FTZ, Mr. Geir debated whether market forces will truly prevail over government control.

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Review: FBCS Luncheon Seminar with Minister Viitanen

Published Thu / November 14 / 2013

On the 14th of November, the Finnish Business Council was delighted to invite Mrs. Pia Viitanen, Minister of Housing and Communications, to discuss the current state of information exchange, open data and especially communications in Finland. She went into great detail discussing the challanges of electronic publishing in comparison to normal print-media, and also explained how the Finnish communications sector is in a transition state. Mrs. Viitanen spoke about how the Finnish government has repeatedly discussed this topic in a state of worry, and how it is of mutual consensus that something must be done to sustain the good, open state of the communications industry in Finland. To do this, the government has a crucial role in implementing supporting protocols.

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Review: Tekes Report-launching Luncheon

Published Mon / October 21 / 2013

On Friday the 18th of October, FBCS together with Tekes, the Finnish Consulate and Booz & Co., was happy to welcome a great number of participants to a luncheon event where the latest findings in regards to Sino-Finnish paths of internationalization were discussed. The main emphasis was on why Finnish and Chinese companies need to pursue international expansion to secure their futures. Tony Tang and John Jullens from Booz & Co. described multiple real-world partner­ships between Western and Chinese companies and offered insight on the types of Finnish and Chinese companies that would make good partners. The participants came from a mixture of backgrounds and nationalities, making for interesting conversation after the presentation.

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Review: The Evolving Face of Corrupt Practices in China

Published Wed / September 11 / 2013

On tuesday the 10th of September the Finnish Business Council and its members were happy to welcome Mr. Kent D. Kedl, Managing Director of Control Risks to discuss the intensifying spread of fraud in the Chinese business environment, a very hot topic among MNC business leaders in China. He emphasized the penalties for MNCs who fail to control fraud in China, and offered insight as to how 3rd party fraud risk can be managed. Kedl addressed the sensitive topic with enough realism and straightforwardness to be be able to offer concrete help for corporations dealing with corrupt practices. The fully-booked luncheon at K5 also gave participants a chance to discuss their own experiences over a hearty meal after the presentation was completed.

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Sponsorship Opportunity

Published Mon / April 1 / 2013

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Review: FBCS Annual General Meeting 2013

Published Fri / March 29 / 2013

Mr. Hakala and Mr. Helling

Finnish Business Council Shanghai held its Annual General Meeting 2013 on 27th of March. The AGM approved the board’s proposal for the board of directors for the 2013-14 term. The new composition of the board is listed below.

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