India and Finland can unlock the full potential of bilateral relationship shared warmly by the two countries, said, Indian ambassador to Finland Raveesh Kumar

In an interview with Helsinki Times, Kumar said, “Our relationship is warm but we are yet to unlock the full potential. We consider Finland as an important partner for India. We share common concerns in global and international organisations. Both countries are committed to multilateralism.”

Talking about the emerging areas of possible cooperation, the Indian envoy said, “There are opportunities, among others, in 5G/6G, AI, Quantum Computing, Cyber Security, IoT, Clean Energy, Bio-Technology, Startup, Circular economy, education, health, and defense.”

“Given our focus on rapid and inclusive socio-economic development and Finland’s strengths as a knowledge and innovation-driven economy, our cooperation can be mutually beneficial,” he added.

The Indian envoy further noted that India and Finland are already working together in the areas of sustainability and cooperation.

“We are together with the International community on this topical matter. We are already working together with Finland in this area. Our companies are also coming together for meaningful cooperation,” he said.

Kumar was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Finland in June 2020, amidst the corona pandemic and ensuing restrictions both in Finland and the world. He replaced Ambassador Vani Rao who returned to India to a managing post in the ministry of foreign affairs.

Speaking about his experience working in Finland, Kumar said, “We feel welcomed in Finland. In the last four months, I have had very satisfying and encouraging interactions with people from different walks of life - political personalities, officials in different Ministries, businesses, media, students, and members of the Indian community. But what I have enjoyed the most is the affability of the common people; people you meet in parks and shopping centers and on the street. They want to make you feel comfortable. I can sense warmth for India and Indians. I am looking forward to my tenure here,” adding that overall it has been a “very positive” experience to date.

Notably, the Indian envoy has started the concept of Open House when anyone can meet him or other officers at the Embassy without an appointment on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. The step has been taken to invest in building relationships transparently, he said.

Further, Kumar noted that the Indian community in Finland can act as a useful bridge for cementing the ties between both sides.