Namibia welcomes Finnish president

The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö arrived at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Wednesday for his three-day State visit to Namibia, hosted by President Hage Geingob.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Christine ||Hoebes, said this State visit undertaken by the President of Finland is one of a kind.

She said that Namibia and Finland have deep and longstanding relations, especially in the area of culture and religion. She noted that Finland was the first missionary country that came to Namibia and established churches and schools, especially in the north.

“The relationship between the two countries is growing deeper than economic and trade relations,” said ||Hoebes.

The basic areas that will be discussed during the visit are education, trade and industry, as well as energy.

“Green hydrogen has taken centre stage and everybody wants to partner and cooperate with Namibia in those areas,” she said.

She further explained that a lot of Finnish universities assist Namibian universities technically and that this aspect of education will be explored further.

The Finnish president’s visit is a reciprocal of Namibia Vice President Nangolo Mbumba’s visit to Finland in 2019.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency