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Team Finland to increase trade investment in Namibia

Dr. Eija Nieminen from the Helsinki Sustainability Centre, Tuli Garoes-Trade Promotion Officer at Ministry of Trade and Industry, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland to Namibia, Her Excellency Anne Saloranta and Vuokko Laurila, Managing Director of AQUAMEC Ltd during the launch of Team Finland Network in Namibia. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)

Dr. Eija Nieminen from the Helsinki Sustainability Centre, Tuli Garoes-Trade Promotion Officer at Ministry of Trade and Industry, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland to Namibia, Her Excellency Anne Saloranta and Vuokko Laurila, Managing Director of AQUAMEC Ltd during the launch of Team Finland Network in Namibia. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)

The Finnish Embassy in Namibia recently launched an initiative called Team Finland in Namibia, a network that seeks to build on the close partnership between Namibia and Finland and eventually increase trade and investment between the two countries.
The network aims at promoting Finland’s external economic relations and country brand, the internalisation of Finnish companies as well as foreign investment directed at Finland. Team Finland in Namibia also aims at intensifying cooperation between Finnish players in these sectors and at the same time seek to promote Namibia as a business destination in Finland.
Speaking at the launch, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland to Namibia, Her Excellency Anne Saloranta said Finland and Namibia’s relations date back over 140 years hence the network will offer a unique platform to strengthen economic relations between the two countries, with the emphasis on small and medium enterprises. She pointed out that Finland has more than 70 local teams around the world and will thus focus on Africa as it is seen as a global rising economy.”Team Finland in Namibia will strengthen economic ties with Namibia especially in areas of export. We need to tackle issues together because I believe both countries can learn a lot from each other,” said Saloranta, who also chairs the Team Finland Network in Namibia.
The network consists of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. The Ministry of Trade and Industry in Namibia is representing the government.

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