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Mauritius – Finland: Exploring Trade and Investment Opportunities, Monday 6th May 2019

His Excellency Mr. Kari Alanko, Ambassador of Finland in South Africa, will lead a business delegation for a trade and investment prospection mission in Mauritius from 5th to 7th May 2019. The delegation will comprise of Government officials and prospective Finnish investors from private companies in the field of ICT, R&D, pharmaceutical, medical technology and smart manufacturing, amongst others.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with Finnpartnership, a government institution promoting business activities and partnerships for Finnish companies, will host a Business Forum and Matchmaking Event on Monday 6th May 2019 from 13h00 to 17h00 at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel.

The event themed “Mauritius-Finland: Exploring Trade and Investment Opportunities” will provide a unique platform to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Mauritius and Finland. About 100 delegates are expected to attend this event.

The matchmaking session will also be an excellent opportunity for the Finnish delegation to connect with local buyers and companies for a wide variety of products such as tropical fruits and vegetables, fruit paste, vanilla, herbal tea, special sugars, rum, jewelry and apparel for export to Finland.

To kickstart this initiative, Mr. François Guibert, CEO of EDB, and Mr. Philip Taylor, Honorary Consul of Finland based in Mauritius, held an initial meeting on Friday 8th March 2019 to go through the preparation of this inward mission.

Mr. Guibert took the opportunity to highlight the potential for Finnish companies to use Mauritius as a platform, notably to tap into Africa. In line with the mission of EDB, as the main institution responsible for strategic economic planning, to seek for avenues of diversification of the country’s sources of trade and investment, he also outlined the strategy  of the organization to unlock doors of the Nordic market. In addition, discussions were also held on how Mauritius can benefit from Finnish expertise in selected sectors and products that have great potential for export.

For more information on the event and for registration purposes, kindly contact Mr. Yasiin Nobeebux on