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Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka on a Team Finland trade mission to Kazakhstan

Press release 220/2015
2 October 2015

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka will be on a Team Finland trade mission in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, from 4 to 7 October 2015.

The Minister will lead a business delegation of over 50 people. The aim of the visit is to promote Finnish export and investments to Kazakhstan. "Finland has an excellent country brand in Kazakhstan and Finnish companies can find cooperation opportunities there in, for example, cleantech and education export sectors," Minister Toivakka tells. 

Several high-level meetings have been arranged for the promotion of Finnish companies' projects.  Minister Toivakka will chair a meeting of the Economic Commission between Finland and Kazakhstan, which will convene for its ninth session. Kazakstan's chair will be the Kazakh Minister of Industry and Trade Vladimir Shkolnik. During the visit, Minister Toivakka will also meet Minister of Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev, Minister of National Economy Yerbolat Dossayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerlan Idrissov, Minister of Education and Science Aslan Sarinzhipov and Minister of Economic Integration Zhanar Aitzhanova. The Minister's programme includes a visit to Nazarbayev University and a tour in the Astana Expo 2017 exhibition area. In addition, a Finnish-Kazakh business seminar will be organised during the visit.

The trade mission is organised in cooperation with Finpro, which is part of the Team Finland network. 

The following companies will accompany Minister Toivakka on the trade mission:

BusinessOulu, BusinessOulu/City of Oulu, ComDe - Competence Development (south-east Finland's education export cluster), East Consulting Ltd., Econet Ltd,  Etha Wind Oy, Evac Oy, Finnair Oyj, FinnFund, Finnish Water Forum, General Finland Coop,  Häme University of Applied Sciences  (HAMK), Isku Interior Oy, JOSEK Oy, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK), Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), KaukoInternational Oy, KONE, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK), Merus Power Dynamics Oy, Nordic Simulators Oy, North Karelia Chamber of Commerce, Nurminen Logistics Plc, Outotec Oyj, Oy Honkamajat Ab, Patria Pilot Training Oy, Planora Oy, POHTO - The Institute for Management and Technology Training, HaminaKotka Satama Oy, Reka Cables Ltd., South Savo Vocational College, Tampere Adult Education Centre, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Teknoware Oy, Tikkurila LLP, Tikkurila Oyj, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Vaasa, Valmet Technologies Oy, Wello Oy, Wellquip Oy.

Inquiries: Marja Koskela, Diplomatic Adviser to Minister Toivakka, tel 0358 40 352 04 63, Pirjo Välinoro, Team Leader, Central Asia, tel. +358 295 351 791.

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Updated 10/2/2015

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