Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland will visit Algiers, Algeria with a Team Finland Business Delegation on November 19. – 22, 2016. Finpro is inviting Finnish companies to join the Business Delegation in connection with this visit. This visit is to substitute the cancelled visit of January 2016. Now the organizers have got confirmation from the Algerian authorities of these new dates.

On this visit the program is focusing on the following industry sectors:

  • Grain Products
  • Wood from Finland (Sawn timber)
  • Agricultural Technologies.

Each industry group will have its own specific program in Algiers with the aim to collect market information from the decision makers on the latest developments and plans on these sectors; to find new cooperation possibilities, partnerships and potential buyers, and to introduce the Finnish offering from these fields. The detailed program content will be developed together with the participants and will include official meetings, sectoral business meetings, and other networking events.
In the attachment to this email you find the preliminary program plan for the visit and additional information on the services and costs involved.

You can register yourself to the Business Delegation via this link by Thursday, October 6, 2016: The registration is binding.

While filling in information via the registration link, please note that all fields are mandatory in order to successfully complete your registration form; this includes e.g. your photograph for the business delegation brochure. The system will automatically send you a confirmation note after your registration has been completed successfully. If you need assistance in filling in the required information, please contact the project team.

If you registered for the cancelled visit to Algeria, kindly send us an email and we will send you a link pre-filled in with the material you provided us when you registered for the January visit.


In the most recent harvest season, Algeria was able to cover only 40% of its grain requirements by domestic production. Algeria has traditionally been one of the world’s biggest grain importers. For some years, Algeria was also the world’s largest wheat importer. Most of the Algerian grain imports comes from France, but in recent years the country has been actively glancing at other countries, including Northern Europe. In 2014 Finland exported, via international grain traders, more than EUR 9 million worth of barley and more than EUR 4 million worth of wheat. Grain trade in Algeria is very concentrated to the state grain storage (OAIC), which buys the greater part of the cereal imports.

One of the four priorities in the Algerian five-year plan is agriculture. A key aim is to increase the productivity and output of the sector. So far, the Algerian agricultural production covers less than half of the domestic requirements, but the development potential is considerable. Mechanization of agriculture is one of the key ways to increase agricultural productivity, thus creating a promising market outlook for agricultural machines and devices. Sampo-Rosenlew Oy has already been successful in Algeria with a combine harvester factory, which is a good reference for other Finnish agricultural machinery manufacturers. One of the key competitive factors in Algeria is currently the opportunity to invest part of the equipment composition to Algeria.

Doing business in Algeria requires good government relations. The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has in recent years developed small-scale co-operation with the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture. In connection with the visit of Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen in November, the first memorandum of understanding on the objectives of the cooperation will be signed. At the same time the aim is to open doors for Finnish companies.

Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and Embassy of Finland, Algeria




Welcome to join the delegation!


For further information on the visit, please contact:

Ms. Maria Westerholm, Head of Business Delegations, cellular: +358 40 34 33 431

Mr. Jyrki Mantere, Program Manager for Wood from Finland, cellular: +358 46 922 9751

Ms. Elina Puszkarzewicz, Senior Advisor, Agricultural Technologies, cellular: +358 40 3433 349

Ms. Annaleena Soult, Program Manager, Food from Finland, cellular: +358 40 3433 447