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09.09.2017 08:32

Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment of Finland visited Kazakstan on 6- 8th September

Minister Tiilikainen was accompanied by a business delegation representing the agricultural, water and energy sectors and bringing the best Finnish know-how on clean technologies, circular economy and sustainable management of resources. The main purpose of the visit was to promote the Finnish-Kazakh trade relations. During the visit Minister Tiilikainen participated in two seminars – Agro-technology and Clean Water - at the Finnish pavilion and give remarks in the KazEnergy Eurasian Forum and met with his local counterparts.

Agro-technology from Finland, a national program gathering the most innovative Finnish companies operating in the field of agricultural and forestry machinery and livestock solutions was joining the delegation to Astana Expo. Finland is the northernmost country in the world where active agriculture is practiced. Despite difficult conditions, production reaches a high level of self-sufficiency in the most impostant food staples.  Northern conditions are not only a disadvantage.  They also contribute to the quality and safety of food stuffs.  Our Arctic position provides us with exceptional conditions for producing high-quality, safe and delicious food.  Finnish agro-technology is recognized for its high-quality solutions.  Finnish machines are tested in harsh weather and soil conditions and Finnish companies invest heavily in quality control and product testing. 

In the water sector, cooperation between Kazakhstan and Finland has been particularly active through the Finnish Water Forum (FWF). FWF brings together more than 100 Finnish companies and institutions and supports their cooperation with Kazakhstani water and waste water sector actors.  Finns have particular strongholds to support Kazakhstan in drinking water supply, waste water and sludge treatment, industrial water and waste water management, as well as in monitoring natural waters, rehabilitation of lakes, and solving transboundary water issues.  Most of the solutions utilize modern ITC based technologies. 

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