Collaboration between Finnish and Saudi-Arabian health sectors deepens
Minister of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Ms Pirkko Mattila, has been leading a Finnish business delegation in Riyadh 10-13 September.
The main themes for the visit have been health technology and digital services, notably concerning elderly care, health promotion, as well as special education related to health and supporting fami-lies.
“Finland stands at the forefront in health technology, health promotion, health-related science, research and expertise. We have a lot to offer in digital infrastructure and cost-efficient healthcare and wellbeing solutions. I am very happy that our countries share this common interest in bringing new solutions for global health challenges”, states Minister Mattila.
During the visit, several high-level meetings have taken place. Minister Mattila met her Saudi-Arabian colleague, H.E. Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah. Apart from the high-level meetings, the delegation visited the Global Health Saudi Exhibition, King Faisal Specialist Hospital &
Research Centre, King Fahad Medical City, the Department and the Primary Health Care Center and the Vision Realization Office.
The visit is a continuation for the previous cooperation between Finland and Saudi-Arabia. In Au-gust 2017 the countries’ Ministries of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding, enabling to build up their collaboration in health sector. The content of MoU is strongly
business-oriented and it enables intensive co-operation especially between health sector actors and companies. During the visit, in the margins of the Global Health Saudi Exhibition a couple of Finnish companies signed an agreement on further business collaboration with
The visit is organized together with Business Finland.
Kari Synberg, Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 106, +358 50 574 2297, [email protected]