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Finland's President, Sauli Niinistö, has arrived in Namibia on a state visit.

Presidents Hage Geingob and Niinistö will hold discussions on how to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries, among others.

The visit is reciprocal, following a visit by the Namibian Vice President to Finland in 2019.

It also forms part of Finland's engagement with Africa and is part of its strategic goal of growing connections with Africa, which includes extending its diplomatic presence, supporting the African agenda, and boosting commercial links.

During the visit, Namibia will engage Finland within the framework of bilateral cooperation and the Africa Strategy of Finland.

Niinistö's program also includes a wreath-laying ceremony at Heroes´ Acre.

Minister in the Presidency Christine ||Hoebes received the Finnish President.

She reiterated Namibia and Finland's longstanding historic ties, particularly in the areas of culture, religion, and trade.

Finland is among Namibia's top 20 trading partners.

||Hoebes highlighted some areas to be discussed: education, health, and energy.

A statement by Presidential Spokesperson Alfredo Hengari indicated that the envisaged outcome is to further identify sectors that hold the most potential to create jobs, stimulate economic growth in Namibia, and generate the export potential for Namibian-Finnish goods and services into Finland.

 

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