Finland has expressed its interest to be a development partner of Bangladesh through investments in the energy, smart city and port management sectors.
Finnish Ambassador to Bangladesh Ritva Koukku-Ronde conveyed this at a seminar titled “Finland’s Smart Infrastructure Day; Building Bangladesh” jointly organised by the Finland embassy and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in Dhaka on Monday, according to a press release.
The envoy said, “We are here to strengthen the bilateral relations with Bangladesh. Particularly in economic and technical cooperation, we have opportunities to work. Finnish companies can invest here in the energy, smart city and port management sectors.”
She sought the cooperation of the FBCCI to expand trade between the two countries.
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 from HSBC, Jashim said, “Regarding the local market size, Bangladesh is ninth in the world. So there are opportunities for Finnish companies here.”
In his speech, Consul General of Finland in Bangladesh and Summit Group Chairman Aziz Khan said the government is focusing on mixed-based power generation to ensure energy safety, read the release.
He laid emphasis on the technology transfer between Bangladesh and Finland in the renewable energy sector.
Finnish companies Nokia, Wartsila, Elematic, and Konecranes, and Bangladeshi companies Summit Group, Bashundhara Group, Gemcon Group, and Cosmos Group presented their business profile and plans at the seminar.
FBCCI Senior Vice-President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu, vice-presidents Md Amin Helaly and Salahuddin Alamgir attended the event among others.