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'Doha-Helsinki flights to boost ties'.

Maneesh Bakshi


THE daily, direct flight between Doha and Finnish capital of Helsinki to be launched by Qatar Airways in October this year will act as a catalyst in boosting relations between Qatar and Finland, according to Ambassador of Finland HE Riitta Swan.

Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of a roadshow held at Marsa Marsa Kempinski at The Pearl on Monday, Swan said:"We want more people from Qatar to visit Finland and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of the country and the hospitality of its people. And, the direct flights will play a big role in this."

"We believe personal experience and people to people contact can be the best way to bring the two countries closer in all respects," she added.

The ambassador was accompanied by the Finnish business delegation at the 'Finland Tech Roadshow', which was organised by Qatar Chamber and Finpro of Finland to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides.

Around 15 Finnish companies representing diverse fields such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), green technologies, renewable energy and healthcare participated in the roadshow.

Speaking at the event, the Board member of Qatar Chamber Mohammed bin Ahmed al Obaidli said:"Qatar holds attractive business opportunities for those wishing to invest on a long-term basis and add value to their investment."

Qatar's non-resident Ambassador to Finland HE Bader Omar al Dafa praised relations between the two countries and also recounted his memorable three-year tenure as a non-resident envoy to the country.

Marika Makela, senior advisor of Finpro, expressed her satisfaction over the event."This is the first initiative of its kind undertaken by Finpro and can be a starting point to bring investors from the two sides to sit across the table and discuss joint ventures," she said.

One of the members of the Finnish delegation Jyrki Koski, CEO of Creowave Ltd, gave a presentation on the remote monitoring solutions for on shore and off shore oil wells. Creowave manufactures C-site remote monitoring systems that can serve the needs of the oil and gas industry to optimise the production with real time date up streaming.

"I am very happy to be in Qatar and have received a very encouraging response from the Qatari side. An event like this can certainly help investors from both sides to find suitable trading partners and exchange views on long-term subjects," Koski said.

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Date:Apr 25, 2016
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