Traditionally, Finland and India have enjoyed cordial international relations with each other. Today, India presents a vast and lucrative market for Finland’s technology products and investments. In a recent interview with GOInternational Finland, Finnish Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Kimmo Tiilikainen reiterated the importance of Finland-India bilateral relations.
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Finland can be instrumental in supporting India in its route to transformation, especially since India is a fast-growing economy and the urban migration poses a unique challenge for its development.
Speaking on the topic, the Finnish Minister said, “At the governmental level our countries have identified plenty of mutual interests related to renewable energy, environment and smart city solutions. In the future, collaboration in the healthcare sector could also be explored.”
The Finnish Minister iterated that in the light of Prime Minister Modi’s flagship schemes such as Make in India, Clean India and Smart Cities Mission, Finnish companies do see huge business opportunities in India and the renewable energy sector.
As the Minister responsible for energy, environmental and housing policies, he had visited India in October 2017 with a Finnish Business Delegation. During the visit, it was recognised that there was a strong urge for India towards urbanisation and the subsequent development to achieve this is increasing the Indian consumption power and economic leverage.
Kimmo said, “Cities in India are facing an urgent need for infrastructural improvement, smart and renewable energy solutions and technologies, in addition to the development of public transportation, sanitation and housing.”