Finnish Deputy Minister to lead large business delegation to Nigeria

The Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, on Thursday said arrangement had been concluded for a high-level business delegation of 10 Finnish companies to visit Lagos and Abuja next week.

Suomela-Chowdhury, who made the disclosure to  in Lagos south West Nigeria , said the delegation would be led by

Finland’s Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations, Mr Matti Anttonen.

“The Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations of Finland Mr Matti Anttonen will be visiting Nigeria during the first week of February.

“He will be in the country with a high-level business delegation of more than 10 Finnish companies dealing in ICT, Telecommunications, Clean Tech, Power, Oil and Gas, Health, and Education,’’ she said.

The envoy said that the deputy minister would be in Abuja to meet with ministers and representatives of the new Nigerian government to explore ways to promote trade between Finland and Nigeria.

According to her, the deputy minister will also interact with business stakeholders in Lagos.

Soumela-Chowdhury said that Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy would continue to be a destination for promoting business and economic ties.

“The visiting business delegation represents sectors in which Finland has strong know-how and expertise, and which she says, can offer solutions in areas that are important priorities for Nigeria.

“ICT and digitalisation, for instance, can be very instrumental in promoting good governance and in fighting corruption, as well as providing solutions in education and health.

“With the new government now in place in Nigeria, it is more important than ever to make the most of the existing opportunities between the two countries,’’ she said.

Soumela-Chowdhury expressed optimism that the visit would establish the right networks for sharing the companies’ opportunities for Nigerians and what opportunities exist for them in Nigeria