Finland keen to invest in Lanka
Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Dr. Lakshman
Jayaweera and senior officials of the BOI briefed an official delegation
from Finland headed by Under Secretary of State, External Economic
Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Matti Anttonen and
Ambassador of Finland to Sri Lanka, Rauli Suikkanen at the BOI recently.
The Finnish delegation expressed interest in Sri Lanka's Trade and
Investment policy and particularly the Free Trade Agreements that Sri
Lanka has entered into with India and Pakistan.
BOI officials also briefed the Finnish delegation on the status of
the discussions relating to the Free Trade Agreement that is being
negotiated with China and other important issues relating to
The BOI team also briefed the visitors on the interest in Sri Lanka
by two leading Japanese banks, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Mizho Bank
with which the BOI has entered into Memoranda of Understanding. The
banks promotes Sri Lanka among their clients.
The Finnish delegation said that they would help find matching
partners in Finland for Sri Lankan companies focusing on the tourist
sector. Sri Lanka will participate in Finland's biggest tourism fair.
Finland has a diversified economy but most production is now relocated
Finland's strength lies in its quality of design which enjoys
Finland's population and hence its workforce, is aging, which means
that Finnish companies now focus mainly on developing high technology
thanks to their advances in the research and development sectors.