Technology co-operation with India
The aim of science, technology and innovation co-operation between Finland and India is to increase and enhance closer economic, industrial and technological interaction between the two nations.
The agreement between Finland and India on co-operation in the
fields of science and technology was signed in connection with the visit of
Kapil Sibal, India’s Minister of Science and Technology, to Finland in March
The first follow-up meeting of the science and technology agreement was held in New Delhi in November 2009 in connection with Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen’s visit to India, and a high-level technology event. From Finland, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Academy of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finpro and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The meeting and the technology event activated Tekes and the Academy of Finland’s cooperation with India in particular.
Both play a significant role in promoting practical measures and projects in research, development and innovation co-operation between the two nations. VTT, too, has conducted several R&D&I cooperation projects with India.
The significance of innovation cooperation is increasing in commercial and economic relations between Finland and India. The FinNode innovation centre, opened in 2011 in Delhi, supports the development of this cooperation. The aim is to further develop the contacts of trade and industry’s projects and events that support contacts with India in cooperation with key actors in the field.
Finnish high-tech products and services are in demand in India. Interest is particularly high in Finnish expertise in the environment and energy sector, renewable energy sources, pharmaceutical and food diagnostics, data and telecommunications technology and expertise in waste management and water technology. The need for new electronic solutions related to teaching, health care, welfare technology and agriculture is extensive in rural India. Promising potential also exists in co-operation with CleanTech technology and solutions, the water sector and the material and nanotechnology sectors.
The agreement between Finland and India on co-operation in the fields of science and technology is available in three languages: