Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a remote bilateral meeting on 16 March 2021. The theme of the meeting will be deepening partnerships between Finland and India in fields including digitalisation, education and sustainable development.
According to the Finnish government, the prime ministers will discuss a wide range of issues related to intensifying economic relations between the countries in future-oriented sectors. Topics on the agenda include the utilisation of new technologies in education and cooperation in the development of 5G and 6G technologies, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.
"There are also plenty of concrete opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the sphere of sustainable development," the Helsinki government said.
Finnish government expects that the discussion will provide also "an opportunity to talk about strengthening equality and human rights, objectives that Finland aims to advance if selected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2022–2024."
The prime ministers will also touch on efforts to respond to common global challenges, such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the meeting, Finland and India will publish a joint declaration emphasising the importance of multilateral rules-based cooperation, among other themes.