The purpose of the visit is to strengthen cooperation with China in relation to innovations, environmental technology and issues affecting small businesses and companies' social responsibilities, as well as to highlight 60 years of diplomatic links between Sweden and China.
Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson will make the opening speech at the international women's conference, Global Summit of Women, which brings together female political leaders from all over the world. The focus on this occasion will be on women in business.
In Shanghai (22-24 May), H.M. The King and the Deputy Prime Minister will visit World Expo 2010 and take part in a round-table discussion with Swedish and Chinese companies, as well as a major conference focusing on innovations and growth, organised by Vinnova. The theme for Sweden's participation in World Expo 2010 is "Spirit of Innovation".
The King and Deputy Prime Minister will be accompanied by a business delegation, including top-level representatives from several of Sweden's biggest companies. China is Sweden's most important trading partner in Asia and the aim is to reinforce financial cooperation and create new business opportunities.
There will be opportunities for the media to participate in the programme. Contact embassy secretary Markus Lundgren for accreditation and further information on the programme in Beijing. For accreditation and further information on the programme in Shanghai, please contact Maria Warren at the Committee for Sweden's Participation in World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.