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Finns talk trade with local firms

Update: April, 18/2015 - 10:19
Investment and partnership opportunities between Vietnamese and Finnish businesses, particularly in education, IT and telecommunications, were presented at a workshop held in Ha Noi yesterday. — Illustrative image/ File Photo

HA NOI  (VNS) — Investment and partnership opportunities between Vietnamese and Finnish businesses, particularly in education, IT and telecommunications, were presented at a workshop held in Ha Noi yesterday.

Birgit Nevala, co-ordinator of a programme connecting Finnish and Vietnamese enterprises, told the local business community of their chances to access financial grants.

She also said that a Finnish delegation in IT and education would visit and look for partnership opportunities in Viet Nam in May.

Pham Thi Thu Hang, general secretary of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the event was a bridge for long-term economic ties.

According to the Finnish Ambassador to Viet Nam, Kimmo Lahdervirta, there are currently about 75 firms from his homeland investing in the country.

Trade between the two countries reached more than US$4,246 million in 2014 - footwear, apparel and furnishings from Viet Nam and machinery and forest products from Finland.

The workshop is part of a programme to encourage Vietnamese firms to expand overseas, especially as several free-trade agreements, including one with the EU, enter their final round of negotiations. — VNS

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