From Start to Finnish
(l-r) Ambassador Petri Salo, Mr. Robin Lindahl and Minister Alexander Stubb
Localization, value add, skills, education and a specific focus on green technology was the goal of the 23 member Finnish business delegation that visited South Africa and Namibia.
Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Finland acknowledged the view on Africa as the new growth region calling it the ‘African Lion’ in comparison to the ‘Asian Tiger’.
Stubb, a steadfast supporter of the European Union and an avid proponent of free trade had praise for Africa’s natural way of positioning local content as value add, beneficiation, downstream manufacturing, skills and education is the key to unlocking the economic potential between Finland and South Africa.
Finland is one of the leading information societies in the world and one of the most competitive economies. The business environment is stableand the risk level is low said Stubb encouraging more trade between the two countries.
Leading the delegation Mr. Robin Lindahl of Outotec OYJ Executive Vice President pointed out the various sectors including ICT, Infrastructure and construction, education, logistics, machinery, engineering and consulting that were part the business delegation visiting SA.
The Small Business Enterprise sector was highlighted as part of the localisation, skills and education sector.
Ambassador Petri Salo Ambassador designate of Finland to South Africa arrived in the country only three weeks ago is already in the midst of the deepening relations between the two nations. Finland was an ardent supporter of the Anti-Apartheid movement.
Mr Heikki Tuunanen former Finnish Ambassador to South Africa and now Deputy Director General for Africa and the Middle East also accompanied the delegation.