Investments from the East – MDI designed a tool for business advisors

The Russian’s interest to invest in Finland is growing. There’s a great economic demand for activating the investments and the theme is discussed and implemented actively at both national and regional level. In late spring 2012 based on an assignment by SEKES (The Association of Regional Development Companies) MDI designed a tool for business advisors to help them to work with Russian actors concerning investing in Finland.

The tool consists of the following parts:

1) Background information and a process description of Invest in -activities

2) A list of questions to be asked and things to be told to the Russian investors or companies during the Invest in -process

3) The existing material in Russian

4) A list of professional business service providers in Finland who are able to serve Russian companies in their native language

5) Invest in -websites in Russian

The Invest in -tool is available through Ms. Heidi Saario, (heidi.saario(a)sekes.fi, the coordinator for Regions’ Russia Network.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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