Finnish ambassador satisfied with year's work

05 Dec 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Finland’s Ambassador to Namibia, Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä has described the relationship between Namibia and her country as positive.
Kyöstilä made these remarks here on Wednesday during Finland's 101st independence celebrations.
Highlighting her country’s assistance to Namibia's socio-economic development, the ambassador noted that Finnish and Namibian educational institutions continued their rich collaboration.
“Forty-nine Namibian teacher training students recently graduated in Finland,” she said.
Students also have the opportunity to complete a Finnish degree in software engineering from the University of Turku through the University of Namibia.
The Finnish embassy in addition has an initiative called the 'Fund for Local Cooperation' which enables Finland to work with Namibian civil society.
“Finland funds projects that are in line with the development goals of Namibia's National Development Plan,” Kyöstilä stated.
The ambassador commended the seminar hosted by the embassy along with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently called 'Doing business with Finland', aimed at building partnerships between companies in the two countries.
The event managed to match 12 Namibian enterprises and institutions with Finnish businesses.
Kyöstilä took over the ambassadorship from Anne Saloranta this year.
“Our embassy has been very busy this year which is a positive sign. We are here to work for Finland's bilateral relations with Namibia as well as to promote trade,” she noted.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, congratulated the ambassador and her team for the good work they have done in enhancing bilateral relations.
She also highlighted the history between the two countries, emphasising the impact former Finnish president, Martti Ahtisaari had on Namibia.