GTK’s expertise is well-known abroad

GTK continued to integrate with the execution of Finland’s development policy with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and TeamFinland as central partners. We promoted the goal of interlinking natural reserves as part of resolving global development challenges in many ways. The largest projects funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs were projects in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which were commissioned directly.

Increasing and maintaining the willingness to invest in developing countries includes capacity building, distribution of contacts and information (match-making) and integration of innovation and research activities in the target country. For years, we have used the Minerals for Development (M4D) concept as the framework of our export project operations. It concentrates extensively on promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and good governance in developing countries that have rich mineral resources. Creating knowledge and an information basis also creates the basis for solving development issues related to land use, water issues and adapting to the climate change.

Extensive international research activities

We tried to connect GTK’s export projects more closely to the export efforts of companies. Cooperation is increasing in planning information solutions, food security and large projects combining different natural resources. A concrete new opening was influencing in the preparation of the EIT-RM export strategy (EIT-RM / Gateway) and the preparation of possible financing channels.

At the EU level, we participated as a member of EuroGeoSurveys in further specifying data content and models related to geology and mineral resources as well as data product specifications in many INSPIRE themes. GTK also has the main responsibility for the theme concerning mineral resources. In Finland, INSPIRE data product specifications were continued according to the commission by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Operations funded by the EU continued almost at the previous year’s level. There were 36 (37) projects in progress. However, the amount of man-years (actual working time) used for EU-funded projects decreased clearly. The reason for this is that a new funding period begun and the new projects did not reach the phase of active implementation in 2015.

Preparation of projects has, however, been active. The majority, 23 (24), of the EU projects were ERDF projects. There were 6 active framework projects funded by the Commission. The ENPI project ended and at the moment, a new similar financial instrument has not been founded during the new funding period. In 2015, the most profitable EU projects were EURARE, FAME and ERDF Keveys.

International research projects and other programmes

In 2013–2015