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Helsinki 13.3.2024

Procuring a sustainable future on ICT – joint event with FAO of the UN

Date: Wednesday 13 March, 2024 at 10:00-16:30


Venue: Team Finland House, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki


This event is free of charge, but requires registration via the link below. There's limited spots available and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Max 2 participants per company.

Register by 8 March

Further Information

Ms. Marjukka Holopainen-Rainio

UN procurements and Innovation for humanitarian needs

Business Finland

marjukka.holopainen-rainio (at)


Ms. Hanna Laurén

Counsellor, Trade and Investment

Embassy of Finland, Rome

hanna.lauren (at) 



Ms. Daphne Wang

Project Manager, Delegations

Business Finland (at)

Developing Markets Platform at Business Finland in collaboration with Embassy of Finland in Rome and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will organize a procurement event on 13 March 2024 at Team Finland House in Helsinki.

FAO is the largest UN specialized agency in terms of membership. It operates in more than 130 countries to achieve global food security. FAO compiles, analyzes, and disseminates normative information on food security, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and rural issues. It also carries out development and humanitarian work. Annually, FAO procures more than USD 150 million of goods and services.

The focus of the event is put on raising awareness of how FAO procures and what kind of needs they have in terms of ICT. During the day FAO will learn Finnish know-how, and companies have also a great possibility to showcase their solutions and expertise in one-to-ones with this UN organization.

FAO is interested in hearing more of sustainable solutions as follows:

  • Cloud technology and AI
  • Agriculture and forestry security and sustainability
  • Maps / mapping



  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs welcome
  • Business Finland introduction
  • Tour-de-table – Participants will introduce themselves briefly
  • Presentation of Procurement Division of FAO – how we procure ICT related issues?
  • Insights into Finland’s thriving ICT sector by Business Finland


  • Lunch break


  • Individual discussions with FAO representatives (Corporate Services and Legal Procurement), with a maximum duration of 20 minutes per company

Additional information

For the specific changes in the ICT, FAO needs actors who can help to provide digitalization in several areas:

  1. Agro-Informatics Area:
    • Objective: Improve the collection and use of crop and climatic data.
    • Project: websites like EOSTAT.
    • Purpose: Monitor agricultural production in real time, forecast climate-driven disasters, and assess their impacts.
    • Technologies: Blend of Big Data, in situ data and AI
  2. Library Area:
    • Objective: Digitalize a full book library.
  3. Day-to-Day Tools Development:
    • Objective: Create tools with integrated processes.
    • Processes: Workflows, electronic signature, routing based on request descriptions.
  4. Communication Area:
    • Objective: Provide secure communication across 100+ offices.
    • Requirements: Local rate communication, enterprise network over the cloud