Mr. Timo Soini, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland, will make an official visit to Australia and New Zealand from February 28 until March 5. He will be joined by a group of innovative Finnish companies. The delegation will visit Canberra, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne.
Estonia´s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and an Estonian business delegation will travel jointly with Minister Soini and his delegation to Canberra, Sydney and Auckland. During their joint visit the Ministers will officially open Estonia´s Embassy in Canberra where it shares premises with the Embassy of Finland. The Ministers will also engage in political and economic talks with their Australian and New Zealand counterparts.
Minister Soini´s visit seeks to highlight in particular Finland’s role as one of the most innovative economies in the world. The Finnish companies represent innovation in several industries, including telecommunications, waste management, logistics automation, defence, and startups. Minister Soini and the delegation will participate in several business events, including innovation forums in Canberra (Monday, February 29) and in Auckland (Thursday, March 3).