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Team Sweden: Sweden participated in the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE)
CIIE is an annual event aimed at opening the Chinese markets and increasing China's imports. The fair was held for the second consecutive year in November in Shanghai. 150 countries, 3800 companies and over 500,000 visitors and buyers attended the fair. Ambassador of Sweden Helena Sångeland and Consul General Lisette Lindahl attended the welcome dinner on November 4 at the invitation of China's Minister for Trade Zhong Shan. Sweden (Embassy, Consulate General in Shanghai and Business Sweden) had a country pavilion on the theme of "innovative and sustainable solutions for next generation travel and transport", where 18 Swedish companies participated. The Sino-Nordic Economic Cooperation Forum was held as a side event to the CIIE and The Shanghai Consulate General and the Embassy witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between 9 Swedish companies and Chinese counterparts at an estimated value of USD 120 million. According to the CIIE organizer’s preliminary figures, cooperation and business agreements worth north of USD 71 billion was reached for this year.
Embassy/CG Shanghai: Visit of the Ambassador and Consul General Shanghai’s to Chengdu
Ambassador Helena Sångeland and Consul General Lisette Lindahl travelled to Chengdu November 21-22. The main purpose of the trip was to visit some of the Swedish companies in the region. They were received by the mayor of Chengdu, Luo Qiang, who has previously visited Sweden and has a good knowledge of Swedish companies. The Ambassador and Consul General then visited Polestar Plant. Apart from listening to a detailed briefing on Polestar and Volvo’s ambition in China, they have also participated in a test run of Polestar. After paying a visit to Ericsson’s R&D center Chengdu, they concluded the trip with a visit to ÅF Chengdu.
Embassy/Business Sweden: Textile recycling forum and Swedish pavilion of circular economy
A textile recycling forum was co-organized by the China Association of Circular Economy and CSR Centre of the Embassy in Nanjing on October 21 to explore new business models for the industry. The forum is part of a circular economy exhibition where the CSR center of the Embassy and Business Sweden hosted a pavillion together with Swedish companies, such as Sweco, Purac, Envac and Stora Enso, together with the Cleantech Hub by the Swedish Energy Agency shared a national pavilion.
Embassy: Sweden-Wuhan District Heating and Cooling Conference
Swedish Energy Agency, SweHeat & Cooling, the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and Business Sweden, partnering with Wuhan Development and Reform Commission and Wuhan Foreign Affairs Office arranged a District Energy Conference in Wuhan, Hubei on December 3. Energy Counsellor Magnus Carnwall led a Swedish delegation of eight companies who joined the conference. The delegation was warmly welcomed by local government and companies. In total 60 people attended the conference and the lively discussion. The conference was followed by a site visit to Hubei Huadian Wuchang Thermal Power Generation Company.
Embassy: The Swedish Institute Management Programme gathers alumni from China to celebrate its 10-year anniversary
The Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) in China celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The event – SIMP China 10 Years – which was held November 12 at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence, attracted over 60 representatives from the corporate sector, government organisations, media and non-governmental organisations.
Embassy: The fourth Sweden China Health Forum
The fourth Sweden China Health Forum took place in the provincial capital of Hainan province, Haikou, between the 4th and 5th of December. The discussions of this year’s forum focused on e-health and commercialization of new and innovative technologies and solutions. Deputy Head of Mission Karl-Olof Andersson contributed with opening remarks. Participants from Swedish and Chinese health related government and academia as well as industry representatives joined the discussions. The aim of the forum is to promote bilateral collaboration within the health field.
Consulate General in Shanghai: Photo exhibition to break stereotypes and norms
During 27th of September to 20th of October, a photo exhibition by the Gender Photographer Thomas Gunnarsson was displayed in a shopping mall in central Shanghai. The month-long exhibition was a combination of Swedish and Chinese images that challenged norms in term of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. The Sino-Swedish photo exhibition was combined with six pop-up photo booth sessions, a lecture and a film screening.
Consulate General in Shanghai: Annual Nordic Project targeted food waste
Together with the Danish, Finnish and Norwegian consulates in Shanghai, The Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai organized a series of events focusing on food waste. Between November 21-23rd, invited stakeholders including policy makers, distributers, non-governmental organizations and consumers gathered to discuss the global issue with food waste. The events consisted of a creative zero-waste dinner, a seminar with Nordic and Chinese speakers, a food-waste solutions workshop and a zero-food waste competitive challenge.
VisitSweden: 2019 Scandinavian Travel Roadshow
Visit Sweden teamed up with Visit Denmark and Innovation Norway to host the annual Travel Roadshow in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing during the last week of October. In total 69 travel suppliers including tourism boards, airlines, hotels, cruises from Scandinavia presented and conducted direct business dialogues with over 500 Chinese buyers.
VisitSweden: Digital Campaign for Stockholm
A digital campaign of #100 hours of Inspiration# was revealed for the city of Stockholm on Chinese top social media platforms Weibo and WeChat and generated over 9 million impressions and 20,000 interactions. The campaign was aimed to promote Stockholm in off-season, targeting individual travelers who intend to make longer stay in one visit.
Business Sweden: Consumer study release seminars
Business Sweden’s brand-new report “China’s New Consumers” has been launched and presented at several retail focused seminars in both Sweden and China. “China’s New Consumers” investigates the consumer behavior and product/brand preferences based on 1,500 consumers from tier 1 cities in China along with insights from Key Opinion Leaders and business leaders. Business Sweden hosted two events in China together with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce China, where the participants enjoyed a presentation on the report’s key highlights followed by a panel discussion with prominent KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders); MRKUMO in Beijing (19/11) and Xiaoxiaobao Mama in Shanghai (4/12) who explained how Swedish consumer brands can actively and successfully work together with KOLs in the Chinese market. The Chinese retail landscape is digital and fast-moving, so this report is an essential read for anyone wanting to understand the largest consumer market in the world. Read the full report here: http://beta.business-sweden.se/grow-globally/articles-global/articles-global2/report-chinas-new-consumers/
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Team Sweden: SWEDTalk in Hong Kong - Designing a Sustainable Future
On December 5th Team Sweden arranged a panel discussion on accepting the challenge of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, welcomed by Ms. Helena Storm, Consul General with key-note speech by Mr. Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. The panel consisted of three participants representing different areas of society; G For Good, a local NGO supported by leading real estate developer New World Development, HM, and the Techno Creatives, moderated by Johan M Persson at C’Monde Studios. The topic was how Sweden, being a sustainability frontrunner, can explore different views and ways of creating a sustainable future through new innovative design. With mixed angles from the entrepreneurial, government and corporate sides and questions from the audience, the discussion covered wide-ranging and important topics including CO2 emissions, sustainable farming, recycling and reuse of materials.