Fourteen companies from Finland are visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 7 to 12 May 2018, to introduce their latest innovations and technologies to open mutually beneficial collaboration between the two countries.
At the end of 2017, the trade (Import and Export) between Jordan and Finland represented less than 1% of the EU's gross trade.
The Finnish companies offer solutions for e.g. early childhood education, environmentally friendly cold chain solutions for food and health safety, innovative natural resource management, solar energy equipment for demanding environments, as well as fast mobilization systems for humanitarian personnel, just to mention few.
The business delegation’s program is organized by Business Finland’s Developing Markets program (Business Finland is the Finnish trade, travel and investment promotion and innovation funding organization) and Karelia University of Applied Science´s Finpetra project. The focus of the visit is to establish bilateral cooperation with different public stakeholders, national and international organizations, UN agencies and companies working closely with the development and international co-operation in Jordan.
Jordan has had an important role in the refugee situation of the Syrian crisis. Promoting innovative role of the private sector in bringing new solutions to the humanitarian and resilience challenges and in creating jobs, is among Finland’s priorities in development cooperation and humanitarian aid related to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq for 2017-2020.
In addition to acting as a donor, Finland aims to activate the private sector to contribute in humanitarian crisis response, in close cooperation with international organizations and NGOs. This visit to Amman is continuation of the work initiated in Finland in January 2017, when the international community announced Syria crisis response plan (3RP) for the coming years, and multiple UN organizations met with Nordic companies to discuss the related challenges.
Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government employing some 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland’s Developing Markets program helps Finnish companies to access, do business and partner in developing countries with government agencies, NGOs, international development organizations, international financing organizations, as well as local and international companies. Business Finland cooperates closely with Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Karelia University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary and international applied university offering education leading to bachelor and master degrees, as well as RD&I services for companies. Karelia’s Finpetra project facilitates a networking opportunity for businesses, research & education, public administration and civil society to come together. Project builds up a strong expert network in the field of low-carbon technologies and innovations. The network is linking the North Karelia and Finland with Middle East, starting from Jordan.