Finnish youth keen to build new relations with Namibia

25 Jan 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - Finnish politician and Speaker of Parliament, Maria Lohela said Finland’s younger generation is keen on building new relationships with the Namibian government.
She told President Hage Geingob at State House on Thursday the purpose of her visit is to engage with Namibian Speaker of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi on how to build the new relationship.
“There are so many aspects of cooperation that I think we should have more of - business of course, investments and tourism. We have touched on this before but much deeper discussions are needed,” she noted.
Lohela mentioned that she also would want to discuss matters related to education, gender-based violence and equality.
“Namibia is a shining example to many countries in Africa in those aspects. You have done and achieved a lot and that is important for Finland as a society as well,” she said.
She also mentioned that as head of her country’s parliament, it is her duty to promote the connection between Namibia’s parliament and that of Finland’s.
“Yesterday we already come up with a list of discussions that will deepen our relationship,” she noted.
Lohela also asked Geingob’s view on Namibia’s current situation.
Geingob said Namibia is in the second phase of its struggle - that of economic emancipation.
“So we are looking at our friends, those who were with us during the difficult days, to give us power to decide what we can do with our country to address the needs of our people,” he said.
The Head of State also spoke about the country’s land issue, saying many people think they need land to be rich.
“It is not easy but that is now the craving of people; they want to grab land. So we are going to have a [second] land conference to discuss all aspects of land. They even want to discuss ancestral land,” he stressed.
Lohela and her delegation arrived in Namibia on Monday.
On Thursday, she also met with Katjavivi and his deputy, Loide Kasingo, to finalise all discussions at the National Assembly in Windhoek.
She will visit Heroes’ Acre on Friday and afterwards travel to the Etosha National Park before returning to her country on Sunday.