Finland is looking to develop innovative partnerships with Azerbaijan, for example in the fields of energy efficiency and circular economy, Päivi Peltokoski, Head of Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland told Trend.
"Finland and Azerbaijan have excellent relations. Our common history dates back to the turn of the 20th century when a large Finnish community was working in Azerbaijan for newly booming oil industry. Today Finland is one of the leading cleantech nations and we are looking to develop innovative partnerships with Azerbaijan, for example in the fields of energy efficiency and circular economy," she said.
Peltokoski said that in addition to trade, the two countries have active cooperation in several areas ranging from cultural activities to education.
"For instance, The Finnish Meteorological Institute has just successfully concluded a project on upgrading the National Environmental Monitoring System of Azerbaijan. Finland and Azerbaijan are also partners through the EU Eastern Partnership framework. As part of the European Union, we welcome the positive developments in the EU-Azerbaijan relations, including the negotiations of the new framework agreement that will deepen our cooperation," she added.
Peltokoski also talked about the investment opportunities between the two countries.
"We Finns are proud to be known for our education system, well-functioning infrastructure, ICT, environmentally sustainable technologies and strong investment in innovation systems. Finland has ranked well in international comparisons measuring competitiveness, quality of export products, innovation and anti-corruption. All this makes Finland a good home for investments," she said.
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