New business initiated between Finnish, Kosovan and Macedonian companies at the “Doing Business with Finland” seminars


There was a sense of excitement among the companies, investment promotion agencies, government officials and NGO’s participating at the inaugural Doing Business with Finland seminars in Pristina, Kosovo and Skopje, Macedonia on October 3rd and 4th, 2018. Arranged together with Finnish Embassies and several Chambers of Commerce, Finnpartnership’s seminar concept provided the audience with information on Finnpartnership’s free services to support the growth of their businesses, the opportunities provided by Finland and the Nordic economies, Finnish companies looking for partners in the target countries as well as the chance to get together and talk business and partnerships.

Participants signing in at the Doing Business with Finland seminar in Pristina, October 3rd. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Pristina.


Ambassador Pia Stjernvall opening the seminar. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Pristina.


Talking business at the Matchmaking table.  Photo: Finnish Embassy in Pristina.


Some of the participants gathering for a photo at the end of the day. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Pristina.


Media statements by Minister of Economy Kreshnik Bekteshi, Chairman of the Economic Chamber Antoni Pesev and Finnish Ambassador Pertti Ikonen before the Doing Business with Finland seminar in Skopje, October 4th. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Belgrade.


Seminar underway in Skopje. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Belgrade.


Talking business and networking after the seminar. Photo: Finnish Embassy in Belgrade.


Based on the seminars and related discussions, the economic environments of Kosovo and Macedonia provide various interesting opportunities for Finnish companies. Several government initiatives in both countries provide incentives for investments, and investment promotion agencies in both countries are willing to provide free personal assistance for any company looking to do business in the region.  The 40+ companies present in both countries can be extremely good partners for any Finnish businesses, and many of them are national or regional leaders.

The seminars led to several concrete business discussions being opened – in fact, some verbal agreements on collaboration were already agreed during the networking sessions of the seminars. Finnpartnership and the Finnish Embassies firmly believe that the seminars will kickstart business cooperation between Finland, Kosovo and Macedonia and are committed to assisting in the process in any way possible.

Finnpartnership would like to warmly thank the Finnish Embassy in Pristina, the Finnish Embassy in Belgrade, Economic Chamber of Macedonia, Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber in Kosovo and the Chamber of Doing Business in Kosova and all the participants for organizing and attending the seminars.


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Patrik Bredbacka
Programme Officer, Finnpartnership

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