Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mr. Alexander Stubb, will visit Sydney, Canberra and Perth, for meetings with Federal and State government representatives and with senior executives of the Australian business community, from 1 – 3 December.While the primary objective of the visit will be to seek new opportunities in trade and investment, between Finland and Australia, the Minister will also speak at a high-level European Australian Business Council luncheon in Sydney on 2 December and at a business event in Perth on Tuesday 3 December. He will also attend a Finnish Australian Chamber of Commerce business networking event in Sydney to celebrate the Chamber’s 10 year anniversary.
The Minister will discuss, with his Australian counterparts, Finland’s growing trade relationship with Australia and also the role Finland, as a dynamic Nordic country, can play in assisting Australian organizations enter the European and Russian markets. He will also talk about Finland’s innovation policies, which has seen it ranked in the top 3 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2012-13), and how the country has become a global leader in education – continuously ranked on top of the OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey.
Further, as Minister Stubb is considered to be Finland’s leading ‘Brussels-insider’ he will share his personal insights on the EU and the future of the Euro with his Australian audience.
The Minister will be accompanied by a business delegation which will be lead by Mr Pekka Lundmark, global CEO of Konecranes, a world-leading high technology company supplying equipment to ports, which already has a strong presence in Australia. The delegation will comprise companies from sectors such as mining equipment & technology, healthcare and ICT.
Background on Minister Stubb:
Dr. Alexander Stubb M.P., 45, has been a Cabinet minister in the Finnish Government since 2008. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs for three years and has been the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade since 2011. He was a Member of the European Parliament in Strasbourg and Brussels from 2004 to 2008. He earned his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and has been a Lecturer/Visiting Professor at the European College in Bruges.