By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
In a bid to sustaining the bi-lateral relationship shared with Nigeria, the Finnish government has sent high-level business delegation to Nigeria to explore ways to promote trade between Nigeria and Finland. The delegation which is led by Finland Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations, Mr Matti Anttonen, will concentrate on bringing together important stakeholders from both countries to deliberate on issues of mutual interest.
According to the Finnish Ambassador, Ms Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, who stated that with the new government now in place in Nigeria, and with the country’s strong focus on promoting governance, security and sustainable inclusive economy, it is more important than ever to make the most of the existing opportunities between her country and Nigeria.
Ambassador Pirjo told the meeting that over 10 Finnish companies, representing areas such as ICT, Telecommunications, CleanTech, Power, Oil & Gas, Health, and Education, are expected to have a Business to Business meeting with Nigeria business men and women, saying that she sees this as a great opportunity to strengthen trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Finland.
She further stated that interest in Finland towards Nigeria as a business destination is growing, and already, there are important Finnish companies doing business in the country, and many more opportunities exist. “As the largest economy on the continent, with the biggest population and almost unlimited possibilities, Nigeria is an obvious destination in Africa when promoting business and economic ties and expanding trade between Finland and Nigeria will offer win-win opportunities that will benefit both countries and their peoples,
“The business delegation represents sectors in which Finland has strong know-how and expertise, and which can offer solutions in areas that are important priorities for Nigeria. ICT and digitalization, for instance, can be very instrumental in promoting good governance and in fighting corruption, as well as providing solutions in education and health”, Ambassador Pirjo added.
However, for Finnish companies a visit like this is an excellent way to establish and strengthen important networks, to share what they have to offer, and to learn about the many opportunities that Nigeria offers. The Ambassador also believes that the delegation will return to Finland with many new concrete ideas and plans for stronger trade ties between Finland and Nigeria.