03 Apr 2014 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 APR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is planning to open a Permanent Resident Mission in Helsinki, Finland this year.
This was revealed by Veterans Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo at a reception held in Windhoek last Wednesday to mark the elevation of the Finnish mission in Namibia to ambassadorial level.
The Finnish mission in Windhoek has been run by a chargé d'affaires since the establishment of the mission at Namibias independence in 1990.
Namibia will also open new missions in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Dakar, Senegal; and Accra, Ghana as part of the Namibain governments Foreign Mission Representation Programme, which also forms part of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and fulfilment of Vision 2030.
Namibias mission in Stockholm, Sweden catered for Finland and other Nordic countries.
The head of the Finnish mission here, Anne Kristiina Saloranta last Thursday presented her letter of credentials to President Hifikepunye Pohamba as the new Ambassador of Finland to Namibia.
Two other heads of missions - Rakiatou Mayaki of Niger and Senegals Momar Diop also handed over their letters of credentials to Pohamba at State House.
When Pohamba paid a State visit to that Nordic country last year, one of the issues he discussed with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö, was the promotion of the Finnish office here to the position of embassy.
On her part, Saloranta during the reception assured the nation that her team at the Finnish Embassy would remain committed to keeping up the good work in customer contacts and service in the promotion of commercial, scientific, education and cultural exchange between her country and Namibia.
We look forward to building upon those areas of cooperation and working with the Government of Namibia, the private sector and the civil society at grassroots level, as well as the extended group of stakeholders and international partners towards a better future for Namibia and for us all, said the Finnish ambassador.
Retired politician Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and his wife, Advocate Vicky ya Toivo; Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Chief Samuel Ankama; other senior Government officials and a number of diplomats attended the event.