Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen to visit China
Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen will be on an export promotion visit to China on 15–18 May. In Beijing Minister Tiilikainen will be accompanied by a business delegation with representatives mainly from the environmental technology, building, bioeconomy and food sectors. After Beijing Minister Tiilikainen will visit Qingdao for the Wood from Finland Export Programme and Shanghai for the Food from Finland Programme. Permanent Secretary Hannele Pokka, also a member of the delegation, will visit Nanjing to promote the building of the Sino-Finnish Center.
In China Minister Tiilikainen will meet the Chinese Minister responsible for housing and urbanization, Director responsible for the control of food imports, Mayor of Zhangjiakou, the venue of 2022 Winter Olympics, and representatives of China’s largest building companies.
The topics on the agenda in the discussions include the development of joint Finnish-Chinese pilot areas for sustainable urban planning, building, energy and sports venue projects in urban areas, climate issues, and Finnish food exports to China.
During the visit of the President of the Republic of China Xi Jinping to Finland in April President Xi Jinping and President Niinistö confirmed the partnership between the two countries by a Joint Declaration on practical, future-oriented cooperation. Among the key issues in the Declaration were sustainable urban development and energy-efficient building as well as cooperation in the agriculture and forestry sectors. The purpose of the visit by Minister Tiilikainen is also to promote the implementation of the Declaration
Ismo Tiainen, Director of Administration and International Affair, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 40 504 7494 and +358 50 306 2927 (in China)
Kimmo Närhinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, tel. +358 2 9516 2257 and +358 50 307 6429 (in China)
Reima Sutinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 325 8719 and +358 50 307 9618 (in China).