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Finland keen to support Bangladesh energy, port management

  • Special Correspondent
  • 30 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Finland keen to support Bangladesh energy, port management

Keeping the goal of becoming a prosperous country by 2041, Bangladesh is going through an infrastructural transformation, where modern technology, technical skills and adequate financing are required to ensure sustainable development, said the speakers at a seminar.

The seminar titled “Finland’s Smart Infrastructure Day: Building Bangladesh” was jointly organised by Finland Embassy and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCC) on Monday at a hotel in Dhaka.

Finland has expressed its interest to work together in the economic and technical sectors of Bangladesh.

At the seminar, Finland Ambassador to Bangladesh Ritva Koukku-Ronde said, “We are here to strengthen the bilateral relations with Bangladesh. Particularly in economic and technical sectors, we have opportunities to work. Finnish companies can invest here in the energy, smart city and port management sector.”

She sought cooperation from the FBCCI in expanding trade between two countries.

Speaking at the seminar, FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin Said, “Bangladesh always considers Finland as a development partner. Finnish companies are highly rich in industrial equipment, port management and the energy sector. I believe their experiences and technologies can help Bangladesh toward its development journey.”

Referring to a report of HSBC, he said, “Regarding the local market size, Bangladesh is 9th among the world. So there are opportunities for Finnish companies here.”

To ensure energy safety, the government is focusing on mixed based power generation. Mentioning that, Honorary Consul-General of Finland in Bangladesh and Chairman of Summit Group Aziz Khan emphasised technology transfer between Bangladesh and Finland in the renewable energy sector.

Finnish Company Nokia, Wartsila, Elematic, Konecranes and Bangladeshi Company Bashundhara Group, Gemcon Group, Summit Group, Cosmos Group presents their business profile and plans in the seminar.

Among others, FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu, Vice President Md. Amin Helaly, Salahuddin Alamgir, directors and secretary general attended the seminar.