Finland and China to Strengthen Innovation and Environmental Cooperation
Gao Hucheng, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce visiting Finland, and Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, signed on 26 March 2010 two Memorandums of Understanding to strengthen the economic and trade relations between China and Finland and support cooperation in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
The first Memorandum of Understanding promotes the establishment of a China-Finland Innovation Centre in Finland. The purpose of the innovation centre is to support the innovativeness of Finnish and Chinese enterprises and their cooperation in the field of high technology, and to bolster their competitiveness.
– Finland is still held in high regard as one of the most innovative countries in the world. I hope this innovation centre will, for its part, enhance closer cooperation between enterprises and research institutes in both countries, says Minister Pekkarinen.
Both countries give their political support to the project. Greater Helsinki Promotion (GHP) of Finland and the City of Shenzhen of China are responsible for the practical execution, and more partners will join the centre in future. Finland has run a similar innovation centre called FinChi in Shanghai since 2005.
With the second Memorandum of Understanding, the establishment of a common environmental working group is agreed on. The working group serves to promote the cooperation between Finland and China in matters related to, for instance, sustainable development, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental technologies. In addition to authorities, also company representatives may participate in the working group.
For further information, please contact:
Kati Shibutani, Senior Adviser, MEE, tel. +358 050 396 4893