President Pohamba arrives in Helsinki

11 Nov 2013 14:50pm
HELSINKI, 11 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived in Helsinki, Finland on Monday morning for a three-day State visit.
Accompanied by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba and other senior Government officials, the presidential Falcon touched down at the Helsinki International Airport at 10h30 on Monday morning.
This is the first time President Pohamba visits Finland as a Head of State since he took over the reins from founding President Sam Nujoma in March 2005.
Pohamba is visiting Finland on the invitation of his counterpart Sauli Niinistö.
He was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo, who arrived in the Finnish capital on Saturday.
Representing the Finnish Government at the airport were the Legal Advisor and Secretary-General to the President, Minna Hulkkonen, and Finnish Charge d’Affaires to Namibia Anne Saloranta.
Pohamba and his delegation will hold bilateral talks with Niinistö and his delegation on Tuesday. The talks will be preceded by a welcoming ceremony to be held in front of the Government Banquet Hall and a meeting before lunch hosted by the City of Helsinki at the City Hall.
The Head of State is also scheduled to lay wreaths, one at the Cross of the Heroes and the second at the grave of Marshal Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim in the Hietaniemi Cemetery.
Mannerheim was a military leader and statesman.
The Namibian president will also on Tuesday afternoon address the Finnish Parliament, before attending a dinner which is being hosted in his honour by Niinistö.
The Namibian Head of State is also expected to visit the Geological Survey of Finland, and is scheduled to visit the Helsinki University’s library in the Kaisa Building before meeting with members of the Namibian community and Finnish-Namibian community.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, Iyambo, Education Minister David Namwandi, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Fisheries and Marine Resources Deputy Minister Chief Ankama and his Permanent Secretary Ulitala Hiveluah and other senior government officials form part of the presidential entourage in Finland.
Pohamba and his delegation are expected to leave from Helsinki on 13 November for Sri Lanka, where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for 14 November 2013.
He is expected to return to Namibia on 22 November.