Minister Skinnari visits the United States

Minister Skinnari visits the United States

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit the United States on 28 June–2 July 2021.

During the visit, Minister Skinnari will have a meeting with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to discuss, among other things, the trade relations between the EU and the United States and global trade questions. Minister Skinnari will also have meetings with other representatives of President Joe Biden’s administration, members of the U.S. Congress, and decision-makers specialising in trade, technology and climate change matters.

The aim of the visit is to deepen commercial and economic relations and technological cooperation between Finland and the United States as well as to discuss climate and green economy questions. At the end of the visit to New York, Minister Skinnari will meet, among others, representatives of the leadership of the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in order to promote Finland's humanitarian and development objectives. 

The United States is one of Finland's most important trading partners. Compared with any individual country’s economic weight when not only export and import but also investments and innovation cooperation are considered, the U.S. is the most important country for Finland. 

“Last year, the United States was the only country among our seven biggest export markets where we exported more than before. In the U.S., Finland is considered to be at the leading edge when it comes to technology. We must take advantage of this fact in our trade better than before. We have considerable opportunities for deepening our cooperation especially in the information and communications technology and green technology sectors. We have allocated resources to export promotion, and I believe that this will show also in the growth of trade,” says Minister Skinnari. 

Inquiries:
Juha Niemi, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 295 350 232
Kari Puurunen, Counsellor, tel. +358 50 599 3952

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ email addresses follow the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.