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The Board of Sitra took a decision on two new programme areas

The Board of Sitra has taken a decision on two new programme areas that aim to improve Finland's competitiveness. The preparations for both programmes will get underway in spring 2009.

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The Board of Sitra has taken a decision on two new programme areas that aim to improve Finland’s competitiveness. The preparations for both programmes will get underway in spring 2009.

The aim of the Rural Areas as a Resource for Finnish Competitiveness Programme is business innovation based on Finland’s natural resources and the consequent improvement in welfare in rural areas and the whole society. The programme will focus on identifying and developing forms of activity that can promote entrepreneurship, the living environment and the use of natural resources in rural areas in a holistic manner, whereby their interdependencies and interactions are taken into account.

The main aim of the Public Administration Management Development Programme is efficient, customer-focused public administration that is based on producing added value, empowering citizens and their everyday welfare activities. The programme will focus in particular on the interfaces between public servant and political management in state and municipal administration and the management challenges relating to cooperation.

Further information:

Rural Areas Programme: Eeva Hellström
Public Administration Management Development Programme: Tapio Anttila

Supervisory Board appoints the Board of Sitra

The Supervisory Board has appointed the members of Sitra’s Board for the next two-year term. Continuing on the Board are Raimo Sailas, Permanent State Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Erkki Virtanen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Employment and the Economy; Harri Skog, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Mikko Kosonen, President, Sitra. The new Board members are Professor Anne Kovalainen, Turku School of Economics and Professor Anu Bradford, Law School of the University of Chicago.

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