Oct 09, Helsinki: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today commenced a two-day official visit to Finland on October 9-10 on the invitation of Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
Starting his official visit, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister met with the top executives of three leading business entities in Finland for a lunch meeting in Helsinki on Monday.
Top officials from Finnish state-owned financing company, Finnvera, Nordic Investment Bank, and Finland's leading technology service provide Outotec participated in the discussions.
During the meeting the Premier said it is necessary to take measures to bring Finnish enterprises to Sri Lanka to expand economic cooperation and to make the bilateral relationship between the two countries strong and meaningful.
The heads Finnish institutions have enlightened the Sri Lankan Premier on their services in various sectors and service functions and provided information on investments and projects that they can make in Sri Lanka that is in a rapidly developing path.
The discussion focused on a number of sectors including investment, financial aid, power generation from solid waste, and drinking water supply.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will hold bilateral discussions with his Finnish counterpart Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on Tuesday 10 October at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister's Official Residence. The topics on their discussions will focus on the countries' bilateral relations, commercial cooperation and international relations, including the relations between the European Union and Asian countries.
During the visit, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also meet Speaker of Parliament Maria Lohela, Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Minister of Defense Jussi Niinistö and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister will also visit Finnish companies and hold meetings with business representatives. In addition, he will pay a visit to the Finnish Meteorological Institute.