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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 2008.

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Co-operation in science and technology is coordinated in Finland by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and in India by the Department of Science and Technology.

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 Indian actors in particular.

The significance of innovation cooperation is increasing in commercial and economic relations between Finland and India. 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 innovation actors in India are represented by Tekes.

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:

English (pdf) (15.5 KB) Hindi (pdf) (3 MB) Suomi-Finnish (pdf) (23.3 KB)

Page last updated: 24.09.2013

Further information

Mari Hakkarainen