Prime Minister ends a successful official visit to Finland

Prime Minister ends a successful official visit to Finland

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The official Finland tour of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has successfully concluded. The tour drew attention to several fields including education, health, renewable energy generation, digitalization and information communication technology.
Finland Prime Minister Juha Sipila described the visit of Ranil Wickremasinghe as a historic measure to further strengthen the existing friendly ties between Finland and Sri Lanka at a time when Finland was completing 100 years after gaining independence. The Finland Prime Minister lauded the democratic reforms that were taking place in Sri Lanka by the consensual Government elected at the assumption of office by President Maithripala Sirisena. Attention was drawn to several fields including education, health, renewable energy generation, digitalization and information communication technology during the discussions between the two Prime Ministers.
Finland Speaker Maria Lohela commended steps taken by good governance over the past two years to strengthen Parliament’s democracy.
Finland Defence Minister Usi Ninis, during a meeting with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister focused attention on the importance of safeguarding the identities of countries as partners of stability without being factions of struggles and crises.
Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintila during talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that a Memorandum of Understanding on Digitalization was due to be inked between the two countries next month and mentioned that the visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister would lead to acquiring technical knowhow of Finnish entrepreneurs as well as growth in economic ties between the two countries.
Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila during her talks with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister claimed that the positive values between Sri Lanka and Finland within fields such as democracy, human rights, social justice, education and health were one and the same.
Representatives of the Finland Industrial Federation announced its willingness to be more involved in investment and business opportunities in Sri Lanka. They said that an investment and business friendly environment was evolving within Sri Lanka.
Premier Wickremasinghe had said that Finland entrepreneurs should be attracted to Sri Lanka and thereby enhance relations. He made this reference during discussions with three leading business enterprises in Finland.
Chief Executive Officer of AW Energy Agency, John Lieuleland assured Permier Wickremasinghe of their readiness to impart experiences and technology on the generation of energy through sea waves, to Sri Lanka.
Premier Wickremasinghe and his delegation also engaged in discussions with Fortum, a company which has vast experience in waste management and recycling in industries, cities and communities
Expressing views on the benefits gained by Sri Lanka following the Prime Minister’s visit to Finland, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that Sri Lanka and Finland inked an agreement covering several fields. The agreement especially includes development vocational education within schools. He said that Finland has the best education system in the world. He further said that they were able undertake several studies in this respect and gain wide awareness. Finland has agreed to impart expert knowledge to Sri Lanka with regard to education. The Education Minister was optimistic that Sri Lanka would be able gain much in the education field following bilateral talks held in Finland.