Need stressed for promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Finland

  • March 01, 2016
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Finnpartnership organized a seminar on “Doing Business with Finland” which was attended by a significant number of local business community. 
Speaking at the occasion H.E. Mr. Rauli Suikkanen, Roving Ambassador of Finland said that Pakistan and Finland has great potential to promote cooperation in many areas including energy, trade, investment, joint ventures and developing direct contacts between the businessmen of both countries was the best way to realize these objectives. He indicated that Embassy of Finland would be reopened soon in Pakistan to further improve bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries.
He said many Finnish companies were already present in Pakistan and more were interested to explore it for investment and joint ventures. He said Finland was the most innovative and world’s best country in global competitiveness and Pakistan could achieve many benefits for its economy by enhancing cooperation with Finland. 
Ms. Siv Ahlberg, Program Director, Finnpartnership gave a detailed presentation on doing business with Finland. She said the mission of Finnpartnership was to increase commercial cooperation and promote business partnerships between companies of Finland and developing countries including Pakistan to achieve positive developmental effects in developing countries. She said Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service helped companies and organizations in developing countries in finding cooperation and business partners with Finland and stressed that interested Pakistani companies should take advantage of this service to find business matchmakings in Finland.
In his welcome address, Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that keeping in view the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, more Finnish investors should explore Pakistan for investment and joint ventures, especially in energy and infrastructure development. He said such events should be organized on regular basis to apprise the private sectors of both countries about potential areas of business collaborations. 
M. Asad Ansari, Honorary Consul General of Finland said that both countries have lot of potential to enhance cooperation in energy, steel, telecommunication, health, education and many other areas and he would continue to play role for further improving mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Finland.