A high-level business delegation from Finland visited Nigeria and Ghana during the first week of February 2016. Lead by Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations of Finland Mr. Matti Anttonen, the delegation consisted of more than ten Finnish companies - large global players as well as SMEs and funding agencies. Mining, ICT, Telecommunications, CleanTech, Power, Oil & Gas, Health, and Education were all represented. The delegation had an impressive programme of high level meetings in both countries, and was received with enthusiasm.
The visit was an opportunity for the delegation of Finnish businesses to meet with important decision makers, and to promote the strong know-how and expertise they have in areas such as ICT, renewable energy and education. Forestry, mining technology and telecommunication are other areas that were seen to have great potential. Both in Ghana and in Nigeria it was very clear that agriculture is an area that the governments are keen to develop.
As the biggest economy in Africa, Nigeria provides vast business potential. Ghana, with its strong reputation for stability, is also seen as an entry point to the West African market more generally. Interest among Finnish companies towards West Africa as a region is growing. This was noted during the visit, also by local media who were actively following and reporting on the visit.