The Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, on Tuesday said that more Finnish companies had indicated their investment interest in Nigeria, especially now that there was a new government.
Suomela-Chowdhury made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos ahead of her country’s Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations, Mr Matti Anttonen’s planned visit to Nigeria.
``Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa, and with the biggest population, is the most obvious destination in Africa for any country to promote business and economic relations.
``There are already Finnish companies operating and doing business in Nigeria, but the interest of more and more other companies towards Nigeria has been and is clearly growing.
``We are currently expecting a delegation of Finnish companies from ICT, telecommunications, cleantech, power, oil and gas, health and education sectors to Nigeria,’’ she said.
The envoy said that the companies believed that there was a new government in Nigeria with new priorities and clear focus on promoting good governance, security and sustainable inclusive economy.
Suomela-Chowdhury said that it was imperative for her country to strengthen relations with Nigeria so as to be able to make the most of ``opportunities between our two countries’’.
The ambassador expressed optimism that the expansion of trade between both countries would be beneficial to the peoples of Finland and Nigeria.
``The potential for cooperation between Finland and Nigeria is very huge and spans different sectors,’’ she said.
Soumela-Chowdhury said that her Embassy and Finland Trade Centre would continue to promote trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Finland in the years ahead.