WINDHOEK, OCT. 26 – Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will head a Team Finland visit to promote exports to Namibia on 28-30 October. The business delegation accompanying the Minister has as many as 50 representatives from companies and institutions in the cleantech, digitalization, education and mining sectors.
“As Namibia offers a stable environment with well-developed infrastructure and services, several Finnish companies are interested in cooperation with local partners. Through investment in Namibia, Finnish companies also hope to increase their chances for expanding into other markets in Southern Africa,” read a statement from the Finland Embassy in Namibia.
Finland and Namibia share a bond embedded in roots that date back to missionary activities in the 19th century. Since then Finnish experts have worked alongside their Namibian counterparts in many fields, comprising a diverse range of cultural, economic and scientific cooperation.
Minister Lintilä is scheduled to meet President Hage G. Geingob and Vice President Nangolo Mbumba.
Minister of Economic Planning Hon. Obeth M. Kandjoze will deliver keynote address at a reception hosted by Ambassador Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä.
The delegation will also meet with Minister of Finance Hon. Carl Schlettwein, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Hon. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade & SME Development Hon. Tjekero Tweya as well as Minister of Mines and Energy Hon. Tom Alweendo.
“During the visit, Minister Lintilä and the delegation are interested in learning more about, for example, the local business environment, opportunities for increasing trade, developing vocational education and teacher training in Namibia as well as the future of the Namibian energy sector,” according to the Embassy.
On Tuesday, the delegation will partake in a business seminar together with local companies and institutions. Minister Lintilä will open the event. The seminar aims at showcasing Finnish know-how and promoting new contacts between various stakeholders in cleantech, digitalization, education and mining sectors.
The seminar will focus on business opportunities, success-stories of existing partnerships as well as connecting Namibian startups to Finnish innovation ecosystem.
On Wednesday, Minister Lintilä will continue his trip in Africa with a visit to Kenya. Most members of the business delegation will join the Minister while some mining and cleantech companies will stay in Namibia until Friday for additional business-to-business meetings and site visits.
Companies and institutions in the delegation include: Aalto University, Eduix, Fiare, Finland University, Fortum eNext – Fortum Power and Heat, Geological Survey of Finland, Global EcoProcess Services, Isohanni Mining Consulting, Lillbacka Powerco, Omnia, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Outotec, Polar Partners, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Solar Water Solutions, Soprano, Tampere Adult Education Centre, University of Helsinki, University of Tampere, University of Turku, University Properties of Finland, UpCode, Valmet and Wärtsilä
According to Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, successful entrepreneurial activity forms the bedrock of Finland’s competitiveness.
“One of the main tasks of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is to create a solid basis for industrial and other business operations and in this way strengthen competitiveness and employment. The aim is to ensure renewal, growth and internationalisation of enterprises by using Finland’s strengths and business opportunities in the world economy.”
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