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Wed, 21 Oct, 2015 12:01:41 AM
Rousseff welcomes Finnish investment in shipbuilding, oil drilling
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 21
 
The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, 20th October 2015. The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff visits Finland from 19th to 20th October 2015. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday praised the Finnish education system and said a market could still be found for Finnish education experts in her country for its 200 million students.
 
“The Finnish education system is a model example for the whole world,” Rousseff said at a joint press conference with her Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, adding that the Brazilian government wants to develop the country’s education system and to encourage international cooperation, especially in the field of training and educating teachers.
 
No new education cooperation was, however, contracted during Rousseff’s visit to Finland.
 
Rousseff expressed the hope that her visit to Finland will help trade and diversification with Brazil.
 
She welcomed Finnish investments in her country, particularly in the fields of shipbuilding and oil drilling technology. 
 
Massive oil deposits have been discovered deep in the seabed along the coasts of Brazil, and oil drilling know-how is now in demand.
 
Rousseff also praised Finland for supporting Brazil’s efforts to obtain a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
 
The Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä and the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff meet at the Prime Minister's official residence in Helsinki, Finland, 20th October 2015. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Finland has supported the initiatives of the so-called G4 countries, or Brazil, India, Japan and Germany, to join the UK, China, France, Russia and the United States in the UNSC.
 
However, Finland is not ready to support giving the veto powers enjoyed by the current permanent members to the G4 countries.
 
Rousseff invited President Niinistö to visit Rio de Janeiro, where next year’s Olympic Games will be held in August.
 
“The Olympics are not only an exciting sporting event but also a celebration of peace among all peoples of the world,” Rousseff remarked. 
 
President Rousseff also met on Tuesday with Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The Brazilian president’s itinerary also included a visit to Aalto University.
 
Rousseff came to Finland on a two-day visit on Monday via Sweden, where she discussed, among other things, procurement of naval destroyers from Sweden. Brazil is buying 36 Swedish Jas Gripen destroyers at a cost of four billion euros.
 
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