The 8th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum 2017 took place last week (24-26 April) at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. A delegation of Finnish companies led by Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, participated to the Innovation Forum. The companies presented their services to the Singapore healthcare market, echoing Finland’s centenary independence celebrations and the theme “How to live to 100 with know-how from Finland”.
The goal was to build a diverse and strong cooperation with public and private hospitals, clinics and service providers in Singapore, and also to find distribution channels for new innovative, advanced care solutions.
The participating companies presented their offerings at many events organized around the Innovation Forum during the week. The Embassy of Finland in Singapore and Finpro prepared the program together. The events were part of the year-long Suomi Finland 100 Singapore programs.
The Finnish companies that participated were Abloy, Ainovia, David Health Solutions, Ecosir Group, Mediconsult, Nightingale Health, Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland, SE Innovations, Solutos, South Karelia Social and Health Care District, VideoVisit and HUR Solutions.
On April 25, a networking cocktail organized by SF100SG and Ageing Asia Alliance was held at Huone Event Hotel in Clarke Quay. Ambassador of Finland in Singapore, H.E Paula Parviainen and Mr Jukka Salo, Director of Team Finland Services, opened the event. The event was very successful; companies were enthusiastic about the well-organized event and the possibilities it opened for them in the Singaporean and South-East Asian market as they had the possibility to pitch their services to an audience of more than 100 investors and health specialists alike.
A special performance by Opera Singer Mr Hannu Ilmolahti also took place.
On Thursday 27 April, a specific Finnish-themed seminar took place at the Event Hotel Huone. The title was: Creating Solutions for Active Ageing – Together – If you rest, you rust! How to live an active life to 100+. The Minister of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Pirkko Mattila, opened the seminar by sharing experiences from Finland. Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Health of Singapore presented the Singapore model. The seminar continued with a speech by Mr Jukka Salo, Director of Team Finland Services and Ms Cindy Chua, responsible for Verticals and Market Development in Asia-Pacific, Nokia, addressing the topic “Ageing in the digital age”. Furthermore the Singaporean and Finnish counterparts shared their views on diabetes, dementia and memory loss, staying active and fit and efficiency of healthcare in four dialogue sessions under Finland - Singapore Dialogue Series "Facing Common Challenges".
The Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health and Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Health of Singapore met in a meet and greet session before the seminar on Thursday 27 April. The Ministers discussed mutual challenges in healthcare and exchanged good practices in active ageing. During Minister Mattila's one day visit to Singapore she also met with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower.
Photo courtesy of Marica Salokangas.