Namibia Sends Business Delegation to Finland

A 42 member business delegation, led by Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein, arrived in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday for a week-long trade and investment business mission.

The delegation includes representatives of government agencies and state-owned enterprises such as the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia, the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency, Meat Board of Namibia, Meat Corporation of Namibia, the Namibia Trade Forum, Namibia Ports Authority, Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Offshore Development Company and the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology.

The business mission also attracted the interest of private businesses in the energy, tourism, fishing, agriculture and construction sectors.

The trade and investment mission is a follow-up on President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s state visit to Finland last year.

Schlettwein said Namibia is looking to enhance trade relations with Finland.

“We want to expand our trade and industry sector as an important source of growth, employment and the country’s ability to compete in the regional and global markets,” he said.

The Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland in Namibia, Anne Saloranta, said the focus of Finland’s Development Policy programme in Namibia has shifted from traditional development aid towards enhancement of commercial relations that are meant to promote business partnerships and trade.

“The current emphasis is on increasing business and investment opportunities with Finnish partners, promoting the export of Namibian products and private sector development,” she said.

She added that Finland now seeks to increase trade, investment and private sector cooperation with Namibia.


Source : The Namibian