Finland Pakistan Business Council (FPBC) was established back in 1985 at the premises of Central Chamber of Commerce in Helsinki, Finland. Actually, FPBC is one of the oldest still operating Pakistan Business Councils in the world! We came strongly back into business of promotion Finland-Pakistan trade relations in 2014 with the first ever Finland-Pakistan Business Summit held in Islamabad.
Nowadays we might be stronger than ever during our history of over three decades. With Business Summits, other promotional events and wide selection of services available to our Members, we are continuing our dynamic work to promote business and investment opportunities in Pakistan and with Pakistani companies
We are an active organisation both in Finland and Pakistan and we welcome companies, organisations, educational institutions and private people to join us for growth, networking and new business!
Trade & Business
SUPPORTING FINNISH AND PAKISTANI EXPORTS
The future of Finland lays on the international growth and export. Where as Finland is a small country with a population of only 5.5 million, Pakistan is a huge market with 200 million people and stable growth. Population-wise two very different countries but both need exports and trade and that’s why we got back to business in 2014 to help companies to network for new trade and business.
Pakistan has suffered a lot of the negative image in media internationally for too long but it is back now. In many ways it is the time for the Re-Birth of Asian Tiger – that’s what Pakistan was in 1960s and it is definitely back on tracks again.
Today Pakistan, a growing market with 200 million people should be in the export portfolio of every Finnish company. And every Pakistani company looking for new export should look at Finland and further to whole Nordic market with a small population but with one of the highest purchasing power per capita in Europe.
Pakistan is developing strongly and e.g. the massive investments from China through the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are opening plenty of business opportunities also to Finnish companies so we would encourage companies in both countries to open your eyes and browse the world.
PAKISTAN BUSINESS SUMMITS
In 2014 the Finland Pakistan Business Council (FPBC) arrived back to the stage of promoting Pakistan. We became an active and strong player promoting Pakistani and Finnish business relation in both countries. One of the reason for our strong re-activation was the unfortunate closure of Finland’s Embassy in Islamabad in 2012 making the last physical link between Pakistan and Finland to disappear in Pakistan. We decided to make a change.
Since 2014 we have hosted four Business Summits, three in Islamabad and one in Helsinki. We have been thrilled and honoured to also have the leading representatives from the Government of Pakistan with us to highlight the importance of bilateral relations in business and diplomacy.
The concept and all rights of Finland Pakistan Business Summit, Nordic Pakistan Summit and Europe Pakistan Business Summit are owned by us, Finland Pakistan Business Council. The Summits are all produced by FPBC in cooperation with our partners and suppliers.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, joined the Leaders of Lahore Chamber of Commerce in Lahore March 2017.
Mr. Hassan Raza, Chairman of FPBC in Pakistan, Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland and H.E. Rauli Suikkanen, rowing Ambassador of Finland to Pakistan lead a Finnish delegation to join the Finland Pakistan Business Summit in Islamabad in 2015.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland chaired the fourth “Pakistan – Challenges and Opportunities” business seminar organised in cooperation with Finland’s trade development and promotional agencies Finnpartnership and Team Finland in Helsinki in March 2016.
Mr. Hassan Raza, Chairman of FPBC in Pakistan and Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland, lead a Pakistani business delegation to Finnfund in Helsinki, the development investing arm of Government of Finland, in January 2017.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, lead a delegation from Pakistan’s leading university of technology NUST to a meeting at VTT Research Center in Espoo, Finland in 2014.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland met the delegation of Lahore Chamber of Commerce at the Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm, Sweden in 2016.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman of FPBC and Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland joined the *ship startup festival in Kotka, Finland in July 2016 as one of the mentors and speaker.
Mr. Hassan Raza, Chairman of FPBC in Pakistan and Mr. Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, CEO of SMEDA, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority signed a MOU in 2014.
Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of Petroleum, later Prime Minister of Pakistan, former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was our Chief Guest at Business Summit in 2015.
Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of Trade and Commerce was our Chief Guest at Nordic Pakistan Business Summit 2016.
Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was our Chief Guest at the Business Summit in 2014.
Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, joined as the Chief Guest the Official Reception of Finland Pakistan Business Summit 2014.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National-Heritage joined as the Chief Guest the Official Reception of Business Summit 2015.
Dr. Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Chairman Prime Minister’s Office, Board of Investment, joined us for the Business Summit 2015.
Mrs. Anusha Rehman, Minister of State of Information Technology, joined us for the first ever Business Summit held in Islamabad in February, 2014.
Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) shared the visions of the Pakistan telecom industry at the first Business Summit in 2014.
FOR NEW BUSINESS AND TRADE
Pakistan offers huge business and investment opportunities for Finnish companies e.g. in infrastructure, construction, education, healthcare, energy, cleantech, water, food and food production as well as within agriculture and IT/ICT sectors. Just a few to mention.
Pakistan’s economy is growing by 5-6 per cent annually and the new, consuming middle class is willing to spend more on various articles and products. New shopping malls are built, new residential and housing areas created with many practical challenges linked to energy and water, for example.
Pakistan is growing and Finland and Finnish companies offer plenty of best technology, products and knowledge to match the needs of developing Pakistan.
We believe that Pakistan-Finland business relations create a perfect win-win package supporting both countries and markets in the best possible way.
Please contact us for further details and we can discuss how your company could do more business in Finland or Pakistan!
THIS IS WHAT WE DO
We keep promoting Pakistan and Finland for business! Simple and effecive as that.
The operations of Finland Pakistan Business Council are managed throug a few industry specific Committees, which are specialised to handle questions, market data, challenges and opportunities of each business sector and helping our Member Companies to identify potential partners and business areas in both countries:
Energy, Cleantech & Construction: energy, renewable energy, water treatment, environmental technology, whole cleantech sector. Architecture and construction.
Healthcare & Education: cooperation between Pakistani and Finnish companies and institutions working with healthcare, health care technology and management and education sectors.
IT, ICT & Technology: whole IT and ICT sector, application and software development, game development, IT solutions.
Trade & Retail: traditional trade, export-import business. Textile, food, materials, equipments, machinery etc. Whatever you want to sell or buy!
Art & Culture; various cultural projects promoting Pakistan and Finland and also matching with the needs of any companies PR and CSR programs.
FINLAND PAKISTAN BUSINESS COUNSIL, FPBC
Finland Pakistan Business Council is all private and non-profit, non-governmental and non-political association supporting relations between Finland and Pakistan in trade, industries, investment and other commercial areas. We all come from business and we belive that together we can make things to happen.
In order to fulfil this purpose, the association executes meetings, presentations and other similar events in order to explain the economic circumstances in the said countries to its members and engages in information and publishing activities.
We also support all cooperation between the Finnish and Pakistani universities and educational institutions. We also want to be active supporter of any cultural projects linking the two nations and the business people together.
BUSINESS SUMMIT -EVENTS
Business Summit -events are for business and business only!
All Business Summits are produced and planned by Finland Pakistan Business Council (FPBC) in cooperation with our partners and sponsors. It’s all private venture, from business to business.
Business Summit is not a conference or seminar but a platform bringing companies together for networking and business! We have some talks and presentations too but the main focus of the Business Summit is business, enabling opportunities to meet for new trade.
One of our key areas is education, education export and education cooperation.
We are continuing with strong activities supporting education also in 2018 and we are soon ready to launch something very interesting from this field including the biggest ever education export project from Finland and Finland-Pakistan Education Tour so please stay tuned!
Please also follow the web page of Honorary Consulate General of Pakistan in Finland for updates in this very important field!
We would welcome all educational institutions, companies and other stakeholders across the education sector to join us!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further details.
FPBC office in Finland: firstname.lastname@example.org
FPBC office in Pakistan (Islamabad) email@example.com
Chairman of FPBC in Finland, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland, Mr. Wille Eerola, tel. +358405316720 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman of FPBC in Pakistan (Islamabad), Hassan Raza, tel. +923235101050, email: email@example.com
Embassy of Pakistan for Finland (located in Sweden), their Commercial Department of Embassy of Pakistan in Sweden and Honorary Consul General of Pakistan in Finland will also help with any inquiries about business in Pakistan and Finland.
WELCOME TO JOIN FOR GROWTH!
We would welcome you to join our modern dynamic path towards new business, growth and trade!
Please contact us for any further details about Finland-Pakistan trade or the Business Summits.
If you are looking for potential business partners, distbutors or customers in Finland please contact us for additional advise.
There is also an active Finnish Pakistan Friendship Organisation, FPFO, operating in Finland.
Mr. Hassan Raza
Chairman of FPBC in Pakistan, Executive Director of EGAS Pvt, Pakistan.
“Finnish market and customers, and further whole Nordic market, are relative unknown to most of the Pakistani companies. I would encourage Pakistani companies to research the market pretty closely.”