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News, 11/8/2017

Finland and Curaçao exchange views on sustainability

The 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence will be celebrated in Curaçao with a seminar dedicated to sustainable solutions and applications. Finland's Honorary Consul in Curaçao, Mrs. Helga Mensing, is hosting an event in co-operation with the Embassy of Finland to the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of Public Health, Environment and Nature in Curaçao. Moreover, several companies and a Finnish NGO have agreed to give presentations either in person or through videoconference. Finland’s roving Ambassador for the Caribbean, Mr Jukka Pietikäinen, will give a speech, as well as the Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature of Curaçao, Mrs. Suzanne Camelia-Römer.

The seminar is invitation only and will take place at the University of Curaçao on 20 November, 2017. The event will be followed up by a report on the Embassy's homepage introducing the seminar's harvest together with the opportunities of Curaçao for Finnish actors.

Seminar programme:

Building bridges between Finland and Curaçao –
A new highway for sustainable solutions and applications

Finland 100th years of Independence event

Monday, November 20th, 2017
University of Curaçao mr. dr. Frumencio Moises da Costa Gomez
Willemstad, Curaçao


Building bridges between Finland and Curacao

9.00 Opening

  • Mrs. Helga Mensing, Honorary Consul of Finland (local host)
  • H.E. Susanne Camelia-Römer, Minister of Health, Environment and Nature
  • H.E. Jukka Pietikäinen, Roving Ambassador to the Caribbean

9.30 Smart investment helping Curaçao achieve sustainability: case study of the Vaisala Weather Radar
Mr. Adam Shanks, Latin America and Caribbean Sales Manager, Vaisala Corporation

9.50 Sustainable Economic Growth via Frugal Innovations: presentation by a Finnish NGO (via Skype)
Mr. Venkata Gandikota, Founder/President of the Nordic Frugal Innovation Society

10.10 FinBin: an SME family business leading the way in smarter public environments (via Skype)
Mr. Eero Lehtovuori, CEO and Mr. Martti Mäyry, Business Developer

10.30 Coffee Break

10.45 Solnet Green Energy: an SME renewing solar energy by a lean supply chain and the Internet of Things (via Skype)
Mr. Arttur Kulvik, CEO and Mr. Imran Ahmed, Business Developer

11.05 Is the Caribbean a Paradise for Renewable Energy?
Ir. ing. Karel Tujeehut, Curaçao-based energy expert

11.25 Panel discussion moderated by Ambassador Pietikäinen

12.00 Closing ceremony

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