Press Releases, 2/17/2009
Under Secretary of State Huhtaniemi to make an export promotion trip to Panama and Colombia
Press release 50/2009
16 February, 2009
Under Secretary of State for Trade Policy Pekka Huhtaniemi will make an export promotion trip to Panama and Colombia on 18-24 February. The Under Secretary will be accompanied by a business delegation of 17 people, representing, for instance, energy, metal, environmental, wellbeing, communications, security, logistics and financing business areas. The business delegation will be chaired by Director Sampo Suvisaari from Wärtsilä.
The goal of the visit is to introduce Finnish competence to the authorities and companies in Panama and Colombia and to collect current information about the development of the business environment in these countries. Another goal is to promote investments from Finland to the target countries and from the target countries to Finland. The expansion of the Panama Canal and the favourable development of the local economies in particular are creating foundations for new trade and investment opportunities.
In Panama, Under Secretary of State Huhtaniemi’s visit will be hosted by Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis. In addition, Under Secretary Huhtaniemi will meet Minister of Trade and Industry Gisel Porras and other key ministers. In Colombia, Under Secretary of State Huhtaniemi will be hosted by Minister of Trade and Industry Luis Guillermo Plata. Furthermore, the visit will include meetings with the minister of finance and public credit, the minister of energy and mines and the director of the Central Bank of Columbia. In addition to exploring the opportunities for commercial and financial cooperation, the ministerial level meetings in both countries will include discussions about the bilateral relations between Finland and the target country, and issues of current interest, such as regional cooperation agreements with the EU.
In Panama, the visitors will get acquainted with the expansion project of the Panama Canal and in Colombia with the Port of Cartagena. In addition, business seminars will be organised in both Panama and Colombia in collaboration with local parties. In Panama, the countries will sign an agreement concerning promotion and protection of investments between Finland and Panama.
Further information: Counsellor Hannu Räisänen, Unit for Latin America and Caribbean, tel. +358 9 160 56431