Finland keen to invest in ICT sector

Staff Correspondent

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Finland on Sunday expressed its keenness to invest in different sectors in Bangladesh like education, ICT and AI, financial instruments, renewable energy, sustainable forestry and SMART agriculture.

The disclosure was come at a seminar on ‘Doing Business with Finland’ in the capital on Sunday jointly organised by FBCCI and Finnpartnership in co-operation with Embassy of Finland in New Delhi.

FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim chaired the seminar while Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque was present as the chief guest.

FBCCI President Sheikh F Fahim emphasised on Bangladesh’s stable macro-economic growth trajectory and its development in past decade in addition to highlighting FBCCI’s role as the umbrella trade organisation of Bangladesh reflecting Bangladesh’s private sector voice in the international space complementing government’s initiative.

FBCCI has been addressing some critical issues of transitional economy including knowledge transfer from 3IR to 4IR, AI, regulatory planning, SDG goals, industry-academia gap assessment and technology transfer.

Other issues discussed included strengthening people-to-people contact, investment and trade relations between the two countries that today stands at $244.5 million with exports $39.50 million and imports $205 million in FY 2018-19.

Two presentations on ‘Finnpartnership and Finnfund Services’ and ‘Doing Business with Finland’ were made by Finnpartnership Programme Director Birgit Nevala and Finnpartnership Programme Officer Patrik Bredbacka respectively highlighted the business prospects between the two countries.

He further highlighted Bangladesh’s successes in agriculture and climate change adaptation.

Director of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (Unit for South Asia) Titta Maja and FBCCI Vice President Md Rejaul Kariem also addressed the occasion.

FBCCI Vice-President Nizam Rajesh, FBCCI directors and representatives from different banks and industrial organizations, among others, participated at the seminar.