Time
30th August 2024 at 1pm – 3 pm Helsinki time

Venue
Kauppakamaritalo, Negotiation room Töölönlahti A, Alvar Aallon katu 5 C, 00100 Helsinki or Microsoft online

Registration
The event is free of charge but needs registration at latest on 28th August 2024 HERE.
No-show payment after 28th August 2024 is 25 euros.

The MENA region is Finland’s traditional export market. Its importance as a European neighborhood market will continue to grow in the near future, while competition for market positions will increase. Demand from countries in the region is focused on the main areas of Finland’s export sectors. Doing business in the region is full of challenges alongside its great opportunities. The stability of the region can be tenuous and the rate of change rapid.  Finland has an extensive network of Embassies, from North Africa to the Gulf countries. Welcome to listen and discuss the state of play in the region with Finnish Ambassadors in person.

Program
13.00
Opening of the event
Jouni Maaranto, Chair, Finnish-Arab Business Association

13.05
Today’s Saudi Arabia and its opportunities
Ambassador Anu-Eerika Viljanen

13.15
How can Iraq diversify its economy?
Ambassador Anu Saarela

13.25
Qatar
Ambassador Pekka Voutilainen

13.35
Morocco a gateway to Europe and Africa: Morocco’s opportunities for Finnish companies
Ambassador Marjaana Sall

13.45
Tunisia’s economy is strongly connected to Europe
Ambassador Teemu Sepponen

13.55
United Arab Emirates
Ambassador Tuula Yrjölä

14.05
The Economic challenges of Egypt in the Geopolitical Hub
Ambassador Pekka Kosonen

14.15
Algeria, largest area of stability in the African continent 
Ambassador Pekka Hyvönen (tbc)


14.25
Discussion

15.00
End of the event