ACCRA, The Minister of Foreign Trade and Development of Finland, Kai MykkA�nen will visit Ghana on Nov 13 and 14, according to the Nordic country’s embassy here.

A statement issued by the embassy Tuesday said Mykkanen would be accompanied on the visit by a business delegation comprising representatives of more than 20 Finnish companies in areas such as power, information communication technology (ICT), telecommunications, clean technology, health and weellbeing, and education.

The embassy said the timing of the visit was of particular significance, as it takes place during the year which marks Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent nation. It is also the year when Ghana celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence, and Finland-Ghana diplomatic relations reach 40 years.

Finnish Ambassador to Ghana Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury said the visit was a clear indication of the strengthening business relations between Finland and Ghana, and a great opportunity to render them yet more dynamic. She noted that there were already many important Finnish companies doing business in Ghana.

The statement said previous high-level visits and company interests also bear witness to the numerous possibilities for co-operation. With its reputation as one of the most stable countries in Africa, and with the new government in place since early this year, Ghana was seen by many Finnish companies as an attractive business destination, it added.

Suomela-Chowdhury believes that expanding trade between Finland and Ghana will offer many more opportunities for true win-win partnerships which will benefit both countries and their peoples for years to come.

The statement cited areas where Finland had strong know-how and expertise, including renewable energy, waste and water treatment, telecommunications, digitalization, security, health and well-being, and education — all areas which have great relevance also to the Ghanaian government and private sector.