Minister Skinnari to visit Saudi Arabia and Oman

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Saudi Arabia and Oman from 30 January to 3 February 2022. During his visit, the Minister will meet Saudi Arabian and Omani ministers and representatives of business life. He will also participate in LEAP, a global technology and innovation event, held in Riyadh from 1 to 3 February 2022.

The aim of the visit is to strengthen the commercial and economic relations between Finland and the two countries. Minister Skinnari will be accompanied by a business delegation consisting of representatives from about ten companies. 

Saudi Arabia is Finland’s most important trading partner in the Persian Gulf region. Saudi Arabia has launched a major economic reform and investment programme, Vision 2030.  The country aims to achieve carbon neutrality (net zero) by 2060. In order to achieve this objective, it has announced significant circular economy projects. For example, the country aims to recycle 80% of all waste by the end of this decade. The Saudi Arabian market offers many opportunities for Finnish companies both in the utilisation of AI and digitalisation and in the circular economy, green energy production, education, healthcare and mining.  

Oman’s vision for the future, Oman 2040, aims to build an information society that is based on high-quality education, research and innovation. Opportunities will open up for Finnish companies, especially in the fields of renewable energy, education, healthcare and mining, as well as in digitalisation and logistics.

“The ambitious visions of Saudi Arabia and Oman will require innovative solutions both in environmentally and climate-friendly technologies and in digitalisation, education and many other sectors. The visit will offer an excellent opportunity to present Finnish top expertise to local decision-makers and to strengthen the position of Finnish companies in the market,” Minister Skinnari says.              

Juha Niemi, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, tel.+358 50 478 1387

Tiina Vainio, Special Adviser to the Minister, +358 50 524 1729

Claus Lindroos, Deputy Director General, Department for Africa and the Middle East, tel. +358 295 351 234

Riikka Eela, Director, Unit for the Middle East, tel. +358 295 350 147

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