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Collaboration between Finnish and Saudi-Arabian health sectors deepens

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 12.9.2018 14.42
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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
Saudi-Arabia.

The visit is organized together with Business Finland.

More information:

Kari Synberg, Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 106, +358 50 574 2297, forename.lastname@stm.fi