Vice President of Namibia Mbumba to visit Finland
Vice President of Namibia Nangolo Mbumba will visit Finland on 8–10 September on Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s invitation. In Helsinki Vice President Mbumba will meet Prime Minister Rinne to talk about bilateral cooperation between Namibia and Finland. He will also meet the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and President Martti Ahtisaari.
The topics to be discussed include bilateral relations between Finland and Namibia, great global challenges that unite Africa and Europe such as climate change, international and regional questions, and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The visit is part of the Finnish Government’s efforts towards closer relations with African countries and also involving Finnish companies even more closely in the cooperation.
“It is very important for me that the first high-level visitor I have the honour to be hosting as Prime Minister comes from Africa, and Namibia in particular. We wish to strengthen genuine partnership between Finland and African countries. It was in Namibia where this cooperation got started 150 years ago. While celebrating the exceptionally long history of this close partnership, we want to find new ways to further deepen our cooperation, especially in the commercial and economic sectors,” Prime Minister Rinne says.
Besides Helsinki, Vice President Mbumba will visit Turku.
Inquiries: Lauri Voionmaa, Special Adviser (International Affairs), tel. +358 50 421 0422 Prime Minister’s Office, Tapani Kivelä, Counsellor, Unit for Southern and Western Africa, tel. +358 295 350 488, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office