Finland's Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä (Cen) is leading a delegation of Finnish businesses to Chile and Colombia next week, according to a ministry statement issued on Friday.
Assembled by Business Finland, the delegation's trip to South America aims to promote Finnish exports and internationalisation. A total of 23 representatives from the energy, defence, security and space technology sectors are taking part.
"Finnish companies have a great deal to offer to these countries as they undergo a green transition and develop their defence and security solutions. There are great opportunities for cooperation within renewable energy and energy storage," Lintilä said in the statement.
"Meanwhile, communications solutions and training cooperation are in demand in the security sector. The products and solutions of the Finnish defence industry are among the best, and they are increasingly needed due to the changed international security situation," he continued.
Meetings and visits
Lintilä will be in Chile on 27-30 November, and is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with defence, economy and energy ministers. He and the delegation are also planning to attend ExpoNaval 2022, a maritime defence and security exhibition, as well as visit energy companies, according to the ministry.
In Colombia on 1-2 December, Lintilä is to meet with ministers of trade, industry and tourism; mines and energy; and defence. The Finnish minister also plans to meet with "several key businesses and administrative branches, which are involved in the sectors the Finnish delegation represents," the ministry said.
The Finnish business delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries, AFRY Finland, DA-Group, Finnvera, Goodmill Systems, ICEYE, LUT University, Marine Alutech, Merus Power, Neste, Nokia, Nordic Access, Patria, ReOrbit, Savox Communications and Wärtsilä.