Source:  Department of Foreign Affairs

Phl Embassy in Helsinki Co-Sponsors High Level Seminar On Philippine-Finnish Relations, Promotes PPP

03 June 2011 – The Philippine Embassy in Finland reported that the 1st High Level Seminar on Philippine-Finnish Bilateral Relations jointly organized by the Embassy and the Finnish Foreign Ministry was held at the Marina Congress Center in Helsinki on May 16.

About 40 participants coming from various Finnish government agencies and the private sector, including large Finnish companies such as Nokia and Wartsila, attended the seminar aimed at further strengthening trade and investment cooperation between the Philippines and Finland.

The seminar was opened by Ambassador Ma. Angelina M. Sta. Catalina and Finnish Secretary of State Perti Torstila.

In her opening remarks, Ambassador Sta. Catalina underscored the importance of the seminar in the overall context of Philippine-Finnish relations particularly in providing a venue for a fruitful exchange of information and the generation of new ideas for partnerships involving both the public and private sectors of the two countries.

The seminar featured panel discussions focused on four identified key areas of Clean Technology and Renewable Energy, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Climate Change Mitigation and Infrastructure Development.

Ambassador Sta. Catalina led the discussions in the area of infrastructure development and provided seminar participants with a briefing on the current state of the Philippine economy and the Aquino administration’s economic development program.

The Ambassador also promoted the Philippine Government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program and outlined the investment opportunities available in the renewable energy sector in the Philippines.

Declaring the Philipines as “Open for Business”, the Ambassador also underscored the resolve of the Aquino adminstration in improving the business environment and ensuring that all investors benefit from a level playing field.  END.