Press Release 136/2013
12 June 2013
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will host the Nordic–African Foreign Ministers Meeting in Hämeenlinna on 15 and 16 June. The ministers will discuss topical African and Nordic issues during their two-day meeting at Aulanko in Hämeenlinna.
This meeting will have three main themes: the Nordic welfare state, inclusive economic growth and Africa’s conflicts. At dinner, the ministers will have the opportunity for informal discussions on international current affairs. In addition, Minister Tuomioja will have bilateral meetings with his ministerial colleagues during the weekend. Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will take part in the meeting on Sunday.
Alongside the Nordic countries, the participants come from Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The participating African countries have especially stressed their efforts to promote democracy, human rights and good governance.
This meeting is twelfth in a series that began in 2001 at the initiative of the late Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. The previous meeting to be held in Finland took place in Hanasaari in 2005. Last year, the meeting was hosted by the West African country of Benin.
Additional information: Päivi Harju-Heikkilä, Press Attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, mobile tel. +358 40 749 2687, and Director General Risto Piipponen, Department for Africa and the Middle East, tel. +358 295 351 732