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Video: Shenzhen International Image Promotion and City Plus Exhibition

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 20(Greenpost)– During the Shenzhen International Image promotion event and “City+” exhibition held in Stockholm, Liu Ang, Deputy Director of the Office of the Shenzhen municipal government said Shenzhen and Stockholm have many opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration in the fields of sustainable development, technology innovation, culture, healthcare and education.

He said that Shenzhen is the first and the most successful special economic zone in China, and it is the frontier and window for the world to learn about the achievements and development of the reform and opening in China. It has developed from “the small fishing village across Hong Kong” to a great city with equal economic entity compared to Hong Kong.

Shenzhen is the youngest first-tier cities in China, it was found 38 years ago, and the average age of population is only 33 years old.

Shenzhen is also a city of innovation in China and even worldwide. Many big technology and financial innovative companies gather in Shenzhen and Shenzhen provides a sustainable development environment for medium and small business.

Further more, Shenzhen is a low-carbon green city. It has the best city air in China, the cleanest public transportation system, more than 50 % of urban green coverage rate, and the precious mangrove forest coastline.

President Xi jingping once said: “The friendship between nations depends on people’s affinity”. It is the same for the friendship between cities.

Han Xiaodong,  Counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy in Sweden said both Shenzhen and Stockholm are very innovative cities.  They have very extensive potential in deeper cooperation.

Frederik Cho, Vice Chairman of Sweden China Council said he has witnessed the development of Shenzhen and believed that Shenzhen is really a good place for young entrepreneurs or innovators.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Nordic Innovation Center said Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Nordic Innovation Center have become the bridges and platforms between Chinese and Nordic enterprise and governments in promoting the exchange of information and mutual development. So we share the common ground with ‘city+’ organization. Therefore we are deeply honored to be able to participate in this event.

“ Nordic Innovation Center is the incubating platforms for Nordic Innovation programs, and we are active in many international cities in China and the Nordic region. Our mission is to select and help Nordic enterprises that suit Chinese capital requirements and industry positioning to enter the Chinese market. We are willing to provide consultation and solutions for Nordic enterprises that are seeking Chinese capital and market to gain insights about Chinese industry policies, local financing, marketing and operations. Furthermore, we are willing to contribute to the promotion of Shenzhen International Image event.” said Zhang Qiaozhen.

Guo Hang Program Officer from Shenzhen International Cooperation and Exchange Foundation gave a demonstration of the City Plus platform.

About 100 people including famous fashion designer Galo participated in the event.

Earlier the delegation visited the Nordic Innovation Center.

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今日头条:“深圳国际形象”瑞典专场推介会在斯德哥尔摩成功举办

Shenzhen likes to cooperate with Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 20(Greenpost)– During the Shenzhen International Image promotion event and “City+” exhibition held in Stockholm, Liu Ang, Deputy Director of the Office of the Shenzhen municipal government said Shenzhen and Stockholm have many opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration in the fields of sustainable development, technology innovation, culture, healthcare and education.

He said that Shenzhen is the first and the most successful special economic zone in China, and it is the frontier and window for the world to learn about the achievements and development of the reform and opening in China. It has developed from “the small fishing village across Hong Kong” to a great city with equal economic entity compared to Hong Kong.

Shenzhen is the youngest first-tier cities in China, it was found 38 years ago, and the average age of population is only 33 years old.

Shenzhen is also a city of innovation in China and even worldwide. Many big technology and financial innovative companies gather in Shenzhen and Shenzhen provides a sustainable development environment for medium and small business.

Further more, Shenzhen is a low-carbon green city. It has the best city air in China, the cleanest public transportation system, more than 50 % of urban green coverage rate, and the precious mangrove forest coastline.

 

President Xi jingping once said: “The friendship between nations depends on people’s affinity”. It is the same for the friendship between cities.

Han Xiaodong,  Counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy in Sweden said both Shenzhen and Stockholm are very innovative cities.  They have very extensive potential in deeper cooperation.

Frederik Cho, Vice Chairman of Sweden China Council said he has witnessed the development of Shenzhen and believed that Shenzhen is really a good place for young entrepreneurs or innovators.

 

 

 

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Nordic Innovation Center said Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Nordic Innovation Center have become the bridges and platforms between Chinese and Nordic enterprise and governments in promoting the exchange of information and mutual development. So we share the common ground with ‘city+’ organization. Therefore we are deeply honored to be able to participate in this event.

“ Nordic Innovation Center is the incubating platforms for Nordic Innovation programs, and we are active in many international cities in China and the Nordic region. Our mission is to select and help Nordic enterprises that suit Chinese capital requirements and industry positioning to enter the Chinese market. We are willing to provide consultation and solutions for Nordic enterprises that are seeking Chinese capital and market to gain insights about Chinese industry policies, local financing, marketing and operations. Furthermore, we are willing to contribute to the promotion of Shenzhen International Image event.” said Zhang Qiaozhen.

Guo Hang Program Officer from Shenzhen International Cooperation and Exchange Foundation gave a demonstration of the City Plus platform.

About 100 people including famous fashion designer Galo participated in the event.

Earlier the delegation visited the Nordic Innovation Center.

 

Video: China likes to attract more Swedish buyers and sellors to “Canton Fair” and Shanghai CIIE Fair

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 14(Greenpost) — China Import&Export Trade Fair and China International Import Expo promotion conference has been held in Stockholm.

 

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and focal person in Nordic Innovation Center made a welcome remark.

“Over the past 61 years, Canton Fair has been a grand international fair growing up along with New China and a witness for China’s reform and opening up.  ”

Zhang Qiaozhen said over the past decade, Canton Fair has strengthened China and the World’s Trade relations and become the first promotion platform for foreign trade.

Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association is an organization that serves as a bridge between Nordic enterprises and enterprises and government in information exchange, mutual help and cooperation and win-win.  “We shall help those companies that are suitable to develop in China to find partners in China and even help them find funding and provide marketing solutions.  Canton Fair is a good platform for you to go to China and Asian market.”

 

Han Xiaodong, counselor at the Chinese Embassay in Sweden said Sweden has seen surplus in trade with China. This implies that Chinese people have a strong demand of Swedish goods. He welcomes Swedish enterprises to attend the Canton Fair and China International Import and Export Fair.

 

Elisabet Söderstrom, Secretary of Sweden-China Trade Council said at the conference that although there are many media in the society, there is still the need to meet face to face.  Canton Fair and China International Import and Export Fair. She said that Huawei and Volvo are actually also their members.

 

Fredrik Uddenfeldt, Director of Asia Region in Invest Sweden said trade between China and Sweden has increased a lot. Sweden has exported more products to China than to America. Sweden’s enterprises in China also see increases in a number of over 100. China’s manufacturing industry are the best and some products are even better than that in Europe.  So he encouraged enterprises to go to China to attend the two fairs.

 

Lena Miranda, Chairman of Sweden Incubater and CEO of Jönköping Incubater said that it is time for both Sweden and China to do real businesses, it is not just a visit, but do real business.  Canton Fair and CIIE are good platform for businesses.

 

Ye Jijiang, Vice Chairman of China Foreign Trade Center finally made a promotion about Canton Fair and CIIE.

“China is melting into the world and the world also needs China. Over the past 61 years, one can see that Canton Fair is one of the most professional trade fair platform. ”

With the 123 fairs over 61 years, China has become the largest export freight trade country.  Canton fair has become the largest fair in the world. During the Spring Fair, a total of 667 Swedish attended the fair among 203346 people.

The 124 fair will be held in Canton between Mid October and Nov. 4.  Ye Jijiang welcome all the Swedish entrepreneurs to attend the fairs.

Moreover, Nov. 5-10, China International Import Expo  will be held in Shanghai, with 2800 enterprises from 130 countries and regions being registered.

The CIIE will be a great platform for bilateral trade.

The two sides also held a small scale close door meeting before the conference.

Over 100 Swedish entrepreneurs and Swedish-Chinese entrepreneurs attended the conference to exchange ideas and shared information。

Photo and Text Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

视频:中国进出口商品交易会和中国国际进口博览会推介会在斯德哥尔摩举行

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 在瑞中企业家协会和北欧创新中心协调组织下,中国进出口商品交易会和中国国际进口博览会推介会14日上午在斯德哥尔摩斯喜来登大饭店成功举办。

瑞中企业家协会会长、北欧创新中心负责人张巧珍首先致欢迎辞。她说,广交会从1957年成立,已经走过了 61个年头,可以说,广交会,是伴随着新中国成长的 国际贸易盛会,也是见证中国改革开放的 国际贸易盛会。

几十年来,广交会加强了中国与世界的贸易往来,已成为中国外贸 第一促进平台。瑞中企业家协会、北欧创新中心,作为北欧企业与企业之间,企业与政府之间的信息交流、互帮互助、共赢发展的友谊桥梁与北欧创新孵化平台,我们非常荣幸,能够参与举办这次广交会推介活动。我们致力于优选并帮助适应中国资本和产业定位的北欧企业走进中国,愿意为寻求中国资金和中国市场的北欧项目,提供 产业政策解读、落地融资、市场化运营等的解决方案。广交会 一定是一个能够让您的企业和产品走进中国及亚洲市场最好、最便捷的平台。

中国驻瑞典大使馆商务处韩晓东参赞在欢迎辞中说,中瑞之间的贸易已经从以往的贸易逆差转向贸易顺差。这说明中国人民的生活水平提高了,对瑞典的产品需求增大了。因此,他欢迎瑞典企业到中国去参加广交会和中国进口贸易博览会。对于那些还没有报上名的,也可以参加11月13日在斯德哥尔摩举行的中瑞之间的绿色发展大会,期间也会涉及中瑞之间的贸易合作。

瑞中贸易委员会秘书长索德斯特罗姆在致辞中对中国对外贸易中心代表团的到来表示欢迎,她说,尽管现代社会有很多媒体,但是,都不能取代面对面的交往。广交会和中国进口博览会都为瑞典企业提供了很好的贸易和采购机会。因此,她呼吁瑞典企业和采购商到中国去参加广交会和中国进口博览会。她说,华为,沃尔沃也都是他们的会员。

瑞典投资促进署亚太区负责人佛雷德里克. 乌登费尔德 (Fredrik Uddenfeldt)也在推介会上致辞。他说,中瑞贸易非常强劲。瑞典向中国的出口已经超过对美国的出口。瑞典在中国的企业也增加了100多家,达到600多家。中国成为制造业的最佳选择,有些产品质量甚至超过了欧洲国家。广交会是个很有名气的品牌,希望大家能够抓住机会参加。

瑞典国家孵化器主席和银雪平孵化中心的CEO莱纳.米兰德( Lena Miranda)说,现在是中瑞之间真正做生意的时候了,人们不愿意到中国去只是学习考察,中国人来瑞典也不想只是考察,而是想真正做生意。因此,广交会和中国进口博览会,就是真正做生意的平台和机会,希望大家能去参加。

最后,也是最重要的是中国对外贸易中心副主席叶继奖先生对中国进出口贸易交易会和中国国际进口博览会的推介发言。

叶继奖先生说,中国政府致力于推动开放型世界经济的发展,中国正在更多地融入世界。世界的发展也离不开中国。61年来,广交会已经成为中外经贸交流合作的重要桥梁和纽带。在新形势下,广交会将进一步提高国际化、专业化、市场化、信息化水平,更好地发挥对外开放平台作用,为推动中国开放型经济发展、促进开放型世界经济发展做出新的更大贡献。

他说,中国目前是全球第一大货物贸易出口国,越来越多的中国产品在质量、技术和服务等方面已达到全球先进水平。广交会一直是采购中国产品的最好平台,是中国展会历史最长,规模最大,到会采购商最多且国别范围最广、商品种类最全,成交效果最好的展会,迄今已成功举办了123届。

截至到2018年5月3日,第123届广交会采购商到会20万3346人,来自214个国家和地区。为5年来最高水平,其中来自瑞典的采购商有667人。近年来,广交会已由过去单项出口平台升级为进出口相结合,买全球、卖全球的双向国际贸易平台。

第124届广交会将于10月15日至11月4日分三期在广州-中国进出口商品交易会展馆举办,欢迎各位企业家报名参加。

叶先生说,首届中国进口博览会将于今年11月5-10日在上海举行,有中国商务部和上海市人民政府联合主办。目前,已有来自五大洲的130多个国家和地区的2800多家企业确认参加企业展。国家贸易投资综合展展区已有80个国家和3个国际组织确认参加,70多个国家已确定了展示内容,涵盖货物贸易、服务贸易、产业状况、投资旅游以及特色产品等。

进口博览会同期将举办虹桥国际贸易论坛,论坛开幕式同时也是首届中国国际进口博览会的开幕式。广交会和进口博览会将为瑞典的参展企业提供开拓中国市场、拓展国际发展的最佳舞台,为双边贸易进一步增长提供巨大舞台。

他诚挚欢迎瑞典企业家到中国去参加广交会和进口博览会。

在推介会开幕之前,瑞中企业家协会会长张巧珍,中国对外贸易中心副主席叶继奖,瑞中合作委员会秘书长索得斯特罗姆,瑞典国家孵化器主席米兰达,瑞典投资促进署亚太区负责人乌登费尔德和中国驻瑞典大使馆商务参赞韩晓东等嘉宾进行了亲切交谈。

嘉宾致辞后,出席会议的瑞中企业家们积极进行了交流。100多个企业家出席了今天的推介会。

图文/陈雪霏

English version.

China likes to attract more Swedish buyers and sellors to “Canton Fair” and Shanghai CIIE Fair

China likes to attract more Swedish buyers and sellors to “Canton Fair” and Shanghai CIIE Fair

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 14(Greenpost) — China Import&Export Trade Fair and China International Import Expo promotion conference has been held in Stockholm.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and focal person in Nordic Innovation Center made a welcome remark.

“Over the past 61 years, Canton Fair has been a grand international fair growing up along with New China and a witness for China’s reform and opening up.  ”

Zhang Qiaozhen said over the past decade, Canton Fair has strengthened China and the World’s Trade relations and become the first promotion platform for foreign trade.

Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association is an organization that serves as a bridge between Nordic enterprises and enterprises and government in information exchange, mutual help and cooperation and win-win.  “We shall help those companies that are suitable to develop in China to find partners in China and even help them find funding and provide marketing solutions.  Canton Fair is a good platform for you to go to China and Asian market.”

Han Xiaodong, counselor at the Chinese Embassay in Sweden said Sweden has seen surplus in trade with China. This implies that Chinese people have a strong demand of Swedish goods. He welcomes Swedish enterprises to attend the Canton Fair and China International Import and Export Fair.

Elisabet Söderstrom, Secretary of Sweden-China Trade Council said at the conference that although there are many media in the society, there is still the need to meet face to face.  Canton Fair and China International Import and Export Fair. She said that Huawei and Volvo are actually also their members.

Fredrik Uddenfeldt, Director of Asia Region in Invest Sweden said trade between China and Sweden has increased a lot. Sweden has exported more products to China than to America. Sweden’s enterprises in China also see increases in a number of over 100. China’s manufacturing industry are the best and some products are even better than that in Europe.  So he encouraged enterprises to go to China to attend the two fairs.

Lena Miranda, Chairman of Sweden Incubater and CEO of Jönköping Incubater said that it is time for both Sweden and China to do real businesses, it is not just a visit, but do real business.  Canton Fair and CIIE are good platform for businesses.

Ye Jijiang, Vice Chairman of China Foreign Trade Center finally made a promotion about Canton Fair and CIIE.

“China is melting into the world and the world also needs China. Over the past 61 years, one can see that Canton Fair is one of the most professional trade fair platform. ”

With the 123 fairs over 61 years, China has become the largest export freight trade country.  Canton fair has become the largest fair in the world. During the Spring Fair, a total of 667 Swedish attended the fair among 203346 people.

The 124 fair will be held in Canton between Mid October and Nov. 4.  Ye Jijiang welcome all the Swedish entrepreneurs to attend the fairs.

Moreover, Nov. 5-10, China International Import Expo  will be held in Shanghai, with 2800 enterprises from 130 countries and regions being registered.

The CIIE will be a great platform for bilateral trade.

The two sides also held a small scale close door meeting before the conference.

Over 100 Swedish entrepreneurs and Swedish-Chinese entrepreneurs attended the conference to exchange ideas and shared information。

Photo and Text Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

China and Finland Promote Cultural and Tourism to Improve Trade and Tourism Industry

 By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

 Zhai Yuhu, Vice Director of Hebei Tourism Development Commission said Hebei province has great advantages and rich cultural and tourism resources. The Great Wall is in Hebei  which embraces both the beach and the mountains as well as skiing site in Zhangjiakou where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held.
He said the purpose of this visit was to implement the strategic decision between the two countries’ governments.
“In 2017, the governments of Finland and China made the decision to promote cultural exchange with an emphasis on Winter Olympic, energy and tourism,” said Hebei Tourism Development Committee representative Zhai Yu Hu.

The Tourism Development Committee of Hebei Province in association with the Chinese embassy in Helsinki and Visit Finland organised the tourism promotion conference.

The conference was held marking the year 2018 as the EU-China tourism year aimed at promoting the less-known tourist destinations in a proactive way.

Similar to  Finland, Hebei Province also enjoys great sightseeing and snow sport activities in winter. The province is an internationally renowned ice and snow sports and tourism resort in China. It has more than 80 skiing resorts, of which the largest one covers about 156 kilometres. In the 2017-2018 snow season the area received as many as 2.741 million visitors.

In an interview with Greenpost, Zhai Yuhu said that Finland has  long been known as an experienced country in ice and snow activities and sports, Hebei Tourism Development Committee likes to learn from Finland. Besides, the province also aims at knowing more about winter sports equipment from Finnish companies to elevate itself to the international level in terms of manufacturing them.

Zhai Yu Hu said that Hebei  has similar geographical features as Finland, having great forests and a large number of lakes. Embracing the capital city of Beijing and other neighbouring municipalities and facing the Bohai Sea with a 487km coastal line, Hebei Province enjoys great advantages in attracting tourists.

The province  has a variety of top tourism attractions, from the famous Great Wall, world-recognised geological parks and national reserves to the thousand-year historical complex of imperial gardens, ancient palaces and graveyards and temples, it is really worthwhile to visit,  said Zhai Yu Hu.

Apart from a tourism promotion framework, Hebei also has a trade facilitation policy that allows 144-hour visa-free transit for visitors from 53 countries and tax rebate on shopping departures for overseas tourists. A new international airport near Hebei province will open to operation next year to facilitate travel.

Guo Xiaoguang, Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Helsinki also spoke at the conference. He said China and Finland are really not far away from each other because there is only one country between the two countries, that is Russia.

Guo said that tourism is the best means to increase mutual understanding between the two countries. Therefore, the Chinese embassy to Finland also acts as a bridge between the agencies and companies of Finland and China in accelerating tourism cooperation.

To date, the Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has launched five direct flights from Helsinki to five different cities in China, thereby considerably increasing the number of Finnish tourists to China in recent years, while also adding a large number of Chinese visitors to Finland. Guo again and again introduced Hebei’s famous tourist destinations and warmly welcome Finnish tourists to visit Hebei.

The official tourism promotion board, Visit Finland representative Teemu Ahola, said currently Finnish officials are in China discussing further cooperation between China and Finland in snow sports in 2019 based on Xi jinping’s last year’s visit result.  In December this year,   Finland will go to Zhangjiakou to organise an opening event of the Winter Olympics 2022, which might become a good opportunity for promoting cooperation in sports and tourism between the two countries.

In an interview with Greenpost, Teemu Ahola said China is the fifth largest tourism market for Finnish tourism industry. They really like to tap the great potential of it and will organize promotion activities in China too.

During the promotion conference, the two sides also signed further agreements in deeper cooperation in the future.

About 100 people attended the event.

一半瑞典人不喜欢广告Varannan svensk negativ till reklam

Svensken allmänna inställning till reklam är fortsatt övervägande negativ. 50 procent är ganska eller mycket negativt inställda till reklam, vilket ligger i paritet med 2016 års rekordhöga nivåer. Mest negativ är svensken till reklam i e-post. Det visar en ny undersökning från Novus, på uppdrag av intresseorganisationen Sveriges Annonsörer.

Intresseorganisationen Sveriges Annonsörer har sedan 2005 frågat svenska folket om inställningen till reklam. Vid första mätningen var 26 procent negativt inställda till reklam. Sju år senare, 2012, hade andelen ökat till 51 procent, för att 2014 sjunka till 44 procent. Vid årets mätning är siffran dock uppe i tidigare års toppnivåer och varannan säger sig nu vara negativt inställd till reklam. Anmärkningsvärt är att de mycket negativa har ökat, från 12 procent 2014 till 19 procent 2018. Undergruppen som svarar att de är mest negativt inställda är universitetsutbildade (55 %).

De positivt inställda har minskat. 2005 svarade 44 procent att de var ganska eller mycket positiva till reklam. 2018 är siffran nere på 17 procent. De som är mest positiva till reklam är de i ålder 18-29 år, samt 65-79 år och de som endast har en grundskoleutbildning.

– Reklambruset är fortsatt högt i många kanaler, och som konsument översköljs vi av budskap dagligen. Även om vi ser det som positivt att ogillandet inte gått upp mer än senaste mätningen, utan minskat marginellt, är ogillandet på mycket höga nivåer och det är oroväckande att de som är mycket negativa blir fler. Som bransch måste vi ta till oss kritiken och göra än bättre reklam, och nå folk på ett sätt som inte stör, utan faktiskt bidrar med ett mervärde, säger Tero Marjamäki, kommunikationsansvarig på Sveriges Annonsörer.

Respondenterna fick även ta ställning till i vilken mediekanal man ogillar/gillar reklam. Reklam ogillas i de flesta mediekanaler, men e-post är kanalen som ogillas mest att få reklam i, drygt åtta av tio svarande har kanalen i topp (83 %).

–  I GDPR-tider har många mejlkorgar sköljts över, något som troligen kan ha bidragit till reklamtröttheten i kanalen, säger Tero Marjamäki.

Sammanfattning:

  • 50 % är ganska eller mycket negativa till reklam. 17 % är ganska eller mycket positiva. 33 % neutrala.
  • De som är positiva till reklam har minskat, från 44 % år 2005 till 17 % år 2018.
  • Reklam ogillas i många kanaler, men allra mest i e-post (83 %), mobilappar (74 %) och i radio (73 %).

Om undersökningen:
Undersökningen har genomförts av Novus på uppdrag av Sveriges Annonsörer. Syftet med undersökningen är att undersöka allmänhetens inställning till reklam. Målgruppen för undersökningen är den svenska allmänheten 18–79 år. Totalt har 1086 intervjuer genomförts under perioden 14–21 juni 2018. Deltagarfrekvensen är 50 %. Det finns inget som tyder på att bortfallet skulle snedvrida resultatet, utan undersökningen är åsiktsmässigt representativ för den grupp som skulle undersökas, och de slutsatser som presenteras i undersökningen gäller hela populationen. En Novus-undersökning är en garant för att undersökningen är relevant och rättvisande för hela gruppen som skall undersökas. Undersökningen är genomförd via webbintervjuer i Novus slumpmässigt rekryterade och representativa Sverigepanel.

Nordea lanserar gröna företagslån(Nordea launch green company’s loan)

STOCKHOLM, July 2(Greenpost) —Nordea lanserar nu gröna företagslån – lån som främjar hållbara investeringar. På så vis kan våra små och medelstora företagskunder ta sitt hållbarhetsarbete till nästa nivå.

 

Magnus Montan, Nordenchef Business Banking på Nordea.

Nordea lanserar nu gröna företagslån – lån som främjar hållbara investeringar. På så vis kan våra små och medelstora företagskunder ta sitt hållbarhetsarbete till nästa nivå.

Fenomenet gröna obligationer har funnits en längre tid, främst för stora fastighetsföretag. Nu kan Nordea som första aktör erbjuda gröna lån till små och medelstora företag inom flera branscher.

– Vi har över en halv miljon små och medelstora företag som kunder, och för samtal med dem regelbundet. Hållbarhet lyfts ofta fram, vilket visar att efterfrågan på en produkt som exempelvis gröna lån är stor och kommer att växa, säger Magnus Montan, Nordenchef Business Banking på Nordea.

Den första kunden att använda vår produkt gröna lån är K2A, som arbetar med miljövänlig produktion av bostäder.

– För oss är det viktigt att vara hållbara i så stor del av vår verksamhet som möjligt. Att vi nu tecknar gröna lån gör att vi kan bli gröna även i vår finansiering, vilket är en viktig del vid bostadsutveckling. Det är spännande att se att begreppet hållbarhet hittar in i nya aspekter av företagande såsom finansiering, säger Johan Knaust, vd K2A.

Nordeas gröna obligation som emitterades i juni 2017 blev startskottet, och genom nära dialoger med kunder har Nordea nu utvecklat en modell för gröna företagslån.

– Hela kedjan är grön, det vill säga vi använder vår gröna marknadsupplåning. Kunden förbinder sig också att använda lånet till en hållbar investering, och måste kunna redovisa den positiva påverkan som investeringen har, till exempel på el- och vattenkonsumtion, säger Magnus Montan.

Med andra ord blir både kundernas investering och finansieringen för investeringen grön. Exempel på investeringar är energieffektiva fastigheter, vindkraft, vattenrening, elbilar och solenergi.

För de gröna lånen får kunderna också något mer fördelaktiga kommersiella villkor jämfört med de icke gröna lånen.

De gröna lånen kan få betydande positiv effekt på miljön. Vad gäller exempelvis gröna lån till fastighetskunder kräver Nordea minst 25 procent bättre energieffektivitet än svenska byggnadsregler (BBR) för nya byggnader. Nordea ger också ut gröna lån till investeringar i förnybar energi som har ännu större positiv effekt på minskade utsläpp.

– Vi tror att gröna lån är här för att stanna och kommer att etableras som standard på marknaden. Vi tror också att vår egen kreditportfölj kommer att växa sig starkare eftersom de mest hållbara företagen är framtidens vinnare – det ser vi redan nu i studier, säger Magnus Montan.

Först görs en intern utvärdering för att se om lånet kan klassas som grönt. Sedan följer en extern utvärdering där väl etablerade miljöcertifieringar används, godkända av Oekom Research som är oberoende granskare av Nordeas gröna låneramverk.

Source: Nordea.se

   SCEA and China-Sweden Startup Forum encourage young entrepreneurs to come to China

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, May 29 (Greenpost) – Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association sponsored China-Sweden Startup Forum has encouraged Swedish young people to come to China to establish their businesses.

Being held in Stockholm’s KTH on May 25, over a hundred Swedish students and overseas Chinese students attended a forum titled Dragon Slide meaning that people are afraid of going to Chinese market, but the Chinese Dragon will actually bring a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association opened the forum and explained the mission of her association.

Zhang Qiaozhen said her association has held various summit between China and Sweden. For example, they held Nordic exhibition gallery during China International Cultural Fairs in Shenzhen in early May. In November they will participate in the China International Technology Achievement Fair (High-tech Fair) and host Nordic exhibition gallery to build up bridges in science and culture between Nordic countries and China. She called on young entrepreneurs to participate in her Nordic exhibition gallery in November this year.

She said under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has lowered its development speed and sought for high quality and efficiency. China is stepping on the green and low carbon and sustainable development road. This will not only be conducive to Chinese people but also contribute to the global development. Sweden has a lot of good experience worthwhile for China to learn.

Zhang Qiaozhen’s speech won a lot of response from the young entrepreneurs.

Juan Mauritz, founder of Swedish Startup Forum and SISP Chinese regional director Ulf Borbos also introduced their responsibilities at the opening of the forum.

Daigang, Counselor of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden also attended the forum. He discussed the startups with Zhang Qiaozhen during the forum.

During the forum, Swedish entrepreneurs and professionals explained why people should go to China to develop with their own experiences and the difficulties and lessons.

The forum also arranged a program called Explore China meaning that they will arrange students to visit China and 777 students registered. Finally 16 were selected to have the chance to go to China to visit enterprises.

Many people are interested in exploring China, but they have language and cultural difficulties and that is what Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association likes to serve for them.

The forum attracted one than a hundred students and young entrepreneurs and they also commended the forum is very interesting and informative.

Text/Xuefei Chen Axelsson,

Photo/ provided by Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association.

Editor/ Xuefei Chen Axelsson

 

contact: chenxuefei@greenpost.se

Minister Antti Häkkänen: International community must work harder to stop financial flows to terrorism

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson
Stockholm, April 27(Greenpost)–In order to fight terrorism we need to intervene in its financing, and international cooperation is required to achieve this, Minister of Justice Antti Häkkänen said when speaking at a high-level conference in Paris today.
The conference dealt with measures to be taken by the international community to combat the financing of terrorism.

Around 80 states from all over the world and several international organisations attended the conference, which was convened by French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Criminalisation of financing of terrorism, firmly anchored in human rights, is an important and necessary means to prevent terrorist offences. However, this alone is not enough. The 80 countries from all over the world and the international organisations represented in this conference can together change the world by blocking the flow of money to terrorism. One of the most important ways to fight terrorism is to find the sources and channels of funding and then close them down as effectively as possible,” Häkkänen said.

Terrorism cannot be stopped without intensifying the international cooperation. According to Häkkänen, more effective international exchange of information is required to be able to trace financial flows all the way to their final destination.

“For instance, information requests on suspected terrorist financing should be processed by all states much faster than at the moment. In addition, we need to keep up with the constantly changing operating environment. Various unofficial, often anonymous and digital money transfer services make detecting and preventing terrorist financing very challenging,” Häkkänen said.

“Furthermore, we need more efficient and more extensive legal cooperation in criminal matters. Competent authorities in all states should respond to international requests for legal assistance without delay and cooperate as widely as possible. It is crucial that all countries present here today are committed to stepping up our collective efforts to fight the financing of terrorism.”

“An enormous amount of work is being carried out within the European Union to create a safe living environment for ordinary citizens. I also consider it important that the EU continues to be an active global actor that strives to deepen the international cooperation to fight terrorism,” Häkkänen said.

SCEA signs MOU with Foshan Business Bureau

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, April. 23(Greenpost)—Swedish-Chinese Entrepreneur Association’s Vice President and Executive Manager Zhang Luping signed a Memorandum of Understanding  on cooperation with Su Yan, director of Foshan Business Bureau in Stockholm on April 20.

The signing came upon Foshan Mayor Zhu Wei’s visit to Sweden with a business and official delegation. SCEA Vice President Zhang Luping gave a brief introduction of the hosts.

David Lindblom from SCEA gave a brief introduction about Sweden saying that Sweden is an innovative country which has invented many products ranging from match to safety belt, from heart rescue machine to Skyppe and GPS locating system.

Joana Wang gave a brief introduction about SCEA aiming at serving as a bridge between Sweden and China.

Ulf Borbos gave an introduction about science park with one of the project is to find Chinese cooperation partners. Ms Wang serves as interpreter.

Mayor Zhu said he is very much interested in medical care cooperation with Karolinska Institute because in his city, they have achieved full scale urbanization meaning all the people enjoy the same urban medical care system. So they have enough patients for medical research while the medical  research environment is very good.

Retired Karolinska Institute Associate Professor in tumor Hu Lifu who is still very active in promoting Sino-Swedish medical cooperation introduced briefly about Karolinska Institutet.

The meeting also involved in two young startup forum founder who aims at helping young people to exchange between China and Sweden. They plan to take Swedish young people to China to visit Shenzhen, Guangzhou or Foshan.

Mayor Zhu welcome all to visit Foshan, the third largest city in Guangdong province, the vanguard of China’s reform and opening up begun in 1978.

Finally Zhang Luping and Su Yan signed the MOU on bilateral cooperation in exchanging business and trade information and providing assistance for each other when needed.

Zhang Yi, vice president of Swedish Chinese Federation was also present at the meeting.

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Historiskt trendbrott: Kina större exportmarknad än USA för företag i Stockholm

För första gången är exporten från Stockholms län till Kina större än till USA.

Det visar en ny analys från Stockholms Handelskammare.

– Kinas starka tillväxt har bidragit till att man nu gått om USA som Stockholms viktigaste exportmarknad. Paradoxalt nog kan Donald Trumps tullar göra så att USA försvagas ytterligare då dessa kommer göra Kina än mer intressant. Det är bra när Sverige och Stockholm handlar med Kina men vi skulle tjäna på att fördjupa den transatlantiska relationen. Därför bör Trump lägga ned sina tullar och Sverige borde driva på för att EU fortsätter samtalen om ett frihandelsavtal med USA, Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, chefsekonom på Stockholms Handelskammare.

Analysen, som bygger på statistik från SCB, visar att företag från Stockholms län i allt högre grad exporterar till Kina. Detta samtidigt som exporten till USA minskat över tid.

År 2007 värderades Stockholms varuexport till Kina endast till omkring fyra miljarder kronor samtidigt som varuexporten till USA hade ett värde på 26 miljarder.

Tio år senare uppgår varuexporten från Stockholm till Kina till omkring 16 miljarder, vilket är cirka en miljard kronor mer än varuexporten till USA.

– För Sverige är Kina fortfarande en mindre marknad än USA, men förändringen vi ser i Stockholm under de senaste åren är exceptionell. Det kan mycket väl vara en fingervisning om framtiden, för Stockholm går inte sällan i första ledet för förändringar. Om Donald Trumps tullar leder till en eskalerande handelskonflikt skulle jag inte bli chockad om Kina går om USA som Sveriges viktigaste exportmarknad utanför Europa, säger Andreas Hatzigeorgiou.

Handelskrig skulle skada världsekonomin. Samtidigt finns vissa möjligheter för svenska företag.

– Donald Trump har undantagit svenska och europeiska företag från sina tullar. Det innebär att vår konkurrenssituation i USA faktiskt på marginalen kan förbättras. Dessutom innebär Kinas motåtgärder mot USA drabbar amerikanska företag, vilket i sin tur kan gynna våra svenska företags kamp om kontrakt i Kina. Världen behöver med frihandel, men om nu världens stormakter vill införa tullar måste Sverige se till att utnyttja situationen till vår fördel, säger Andreas Hatzigeorgiou.

Om Stockholms Handelskammare
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Analysis: Trump and Chinese farmers

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

US President Donald Trump recently announced that he has endorsed the order to increase tariff for imported steel and aluminium. As a result, a lot of Chinese products that are exported to the US will face a higher tariff.

Chinese Ministry of Commerce immediately responded that China will increase its tariff against the America grain exported China.

Why was China responding so quickly? Because China has imported American grain or corn at a so low price that it affected the Chinese farmers’ interest. Why?

Because Chinese farmers earned more money before China imported American grain.  My brother Shemin whose name means a member of the socialist commune is a farmer.  He was both happy and sad when I talked with him over the phone.  He was happy to tell me that he harvested 40 tons of corn marking the highest production over the years.  But he was not very happy when talking about how much he earned.

He said that he earned just about 60 thousand yuan or 10 thousand dollars for the whole year. Compared with a couple of years ago,  when the price of the corn was at one yuan or 1.2 yuan, he could have earned 80 thousand yuan with the current harvest amount.  But now the price was only 70 percent of the previous one.  although the productivity increased, the profit decreased.

Why? Because Chinese government said the market is deciding the price and China is open to allow import of grain from America.  Those pig raising entrepreneurs or farmers spend large amount of dollars imported grains from America with much lower prices.  So the American cheap grain actually make the Chinese small farmers lower their income.

This will be very bad for Chinese agriculture because then the Chinese farmers or peasants will leave their land and go to the city to find jobs to earn a salary instead of labouring in the farms with so low income.  In the long run, the peasants are forced to be out of their land and larger contractors will come to the countryside to contract the land, then the monopoly of the larger business people will have right to decide the price and the price will be getting higher, either due to the cost or due to the monopoly. But then the ones who complain will not only be farmers, but the urban citizens.

So far, Chinese government has get rid of agricultural tax and also give a little subsidies.  But that subsidies are so little compared with the French farmers’.  That is only 200 yuan per mu or 30 dollars per acre.  That is too little.

I hope the Chinese government should consider this issue and really care about farmers’ interest.

芬兰外长表示美国决定限制钢铁和铝的进口非常不幸

北欧绿色邮报网报道(编译陈雪霏)– 芬兰外交部长Virolainen3月9日表示,美国决定限制钢铁和铝的进口很不幸。

Minister Virolainen: The United States’ decision to restrict imports of steel and aluminium is very unfortunate

美国总统特朗普签署命令限制从加拿大和墨西哥进口的钢和铝。对来自欧盟国家的产品加收钢的关税为25%, 铝的关税为10%。 2018年3月23日正式生效。个别国家可能要协商减免关税。

外贸发展部长Virolainen 认为特朗普的政策很不幸,她强调在欧盟和美国之间应该保持磋商减免可能的关税。“欧盟正在认真研究特朗普的决定,欧盟团结一致很重要。” 欧盟高专属署长Malmström说。欧盟和美国是最大的贸易投资伙伴,在安全问题上也是同盟。我们相信从欧盟进口钢铁和铝不会威胁美国安全。

她说,加收关税将大幅度减少从欧洲到美国的钢铝进口。美国是芬兰最重要的贸易投资伙伴之一。芬兰给企业的资助津贴为美国提供了34000多分工作,如果非直接因素也考虑进去的话,是为7万人提供了就业。

芬兰担心欧洲和美国之间工作和竞争力的争夺可能产生后果。2016年芬兰和美国的贸易额达116亿美元。芬兰主要出口森林产品,测量一起,电机和设备,矿油等到美国。2017年芬兰对美国的钢出口占总出口的2.4%,铝产品占0.5%

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed orders to restrict steel and aluminium imports with the exception of imports from Canada and Mexico. Tariffs of 25% are to be placed on steel and 10% on aluminium imports from the EU to the US. The tariffs are to take effect on 23 March 2018. Countries may negotiate exemptions to the tariffs.

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen considers President Donald Trump‘s announcement on import tariffs very unfortunate and emphasises that it is important to maintain continuous consultations on possible exemptions between the European Union and the United States.

“The EU is now carefully reviewing the situation in light of the content of President Trump’s decision, and I will be in close contact with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. It is now important that the EU stands united,” Virolainen notes.

The European Union is the biggest trading and investment partner of the United States and a close ally in security questions.

“We believe that imported steel and aluminium from the EU does not threaten US national security. Moreover, these actions will not resolve the excess capacity problem, which must be addressed in international forums despite what the US is doing”, Minister Virolainen emphasises.

Imposing tariffs would markedly reduce steel and aluminium imports from the EU to the USA. For Finland, the United States is among the most important trading and investment partners after the EU countries. Finnish subsidiaries in numerous business sectors provide employment for approximately 34,000 persons in the United States and, if indirect effects are taken into account, work is provided to as many 70,000 persons.

她说,加收关税将大幅度减少从欧洲到美国的钢铝进口。美国是芬兰最重要的贸易投资伙伴之一。芬兰给企业的资助津贴为美国提供了34000多分工作,如果非直接因素也考虑进去的话,是为7万人提供了就业。

芬兰担心欧洲和美国之间工作和竞争力的争夺可能产生后果。2016年芬兰和美国的贸易额达116亿美元。芬兰主要出口森林产品,测量一起,电机和设备,矿油等到美国。2017年芬兰对美国的钢出口占总出口的2.4%,铝产品占0.5%

“Finland is worried about the possible repercussions on the jobs and competitive capacity of companies both in Europe and in the United States,” Minister Virolainen says.

The volume of trade between Finland and the United States was USD 11.6 billion in 2016. Finland exports mainly forestry products, measuring instruments, electrical machines and devices, and mineral oils to the United States. In 2017, of Finland’s total exports, the United States’ share was 2.4% for steel and 0.5% for aluminium goods.