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Tue, 05 Mar, 2013 12:32:38 PM
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The Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb had meetings with the political and business leaders of Qatar in Doha On Sunday and Monday to promote the Finnish export business to the Middle East Country, said a government press release on Tuesday.


"Qatar and the whole Arabian Peninsula offer great opportunities but also massive challenges for Finnish businesses. Qatar is an extremely wealthy country and it requires top class foreign products and technical solutions, ´´ the visiting team observed after holding several meetings.

During the discussion the country's leadership has expressed interest in the Finnish education solutions, energy saving expertise and healthcare technology.

The Finnish companies also got the opportunities to showcase their business know-how to truly knowledgeable and potential customers.

The Prime Minister Katainen and Minister Stubb met the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatari Ministers responsible for energy, education, health and foreign affairs, and civil servants in charge of Qatar's state investments and information society development during the two-days visit.

"The Ruler of Qatar, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, told us that the state of Qatar is very interested in adding shares of major Finnish companies to its investment portfolio. They already own shares, for example, in Outotec," said Katainen.

Minister Stubb underlined that currently Qatar is making investments in significant development projects: "Qatar is a prime example of a country where the state leadership may open doors for Finnish companies.
With such a magnificent group, it is simply great to promote the export of Finnish expertise and work towards attracting investments and the Finnish businesses should target the Arabian Peninsula and get there now, he said.

On Monday, Ministers Katainen and Stubb and the business delegation  continued to the United Arab Emirates where they are to meet a number of the country's highest political and business leaders. In addition to bilateral political, trade and economic relations, discussions with the national leaders of the United Arab Emirates are to focus on regional political issues and the situation in Syria.

‘A business delegation including Finpro and about 50 Finnish companies, is accompanying Ministers  during their visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

The representatives of the Finnish construction, energy, ICT, health care and education sectors were in the delegation.

 

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