Namibian and Finland sign MoU

The Namibian and Finland governments on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the gainful occupation of dependents of employees of their diplomatic missions, consular posts or missions to international governmental organisations.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Finland’s Ambassador to Namibia Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä said the agreement is important in consolidating mutual values of equality and inclusivity as well as providing diplomatic spouses and family members with the opportunity to participate in Finnish and Namibia working life through gainful occupation.

“It is vital for the members of today’s modern society to be able to further their careers and develop their professional skills,” she said.

Signing on behalf of Namibia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the signing of the agreement signifies the commitment to further consolidate the longstanding and excellent bilateral relations and strong bonds of friendship.

She said the finalisation of the agreement will increase the chances of accompanying spouses to continue their own careers even when they are away from home, and it also means that respective diplomatic services stay in step with the changes in societies.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said the relationship between the two countries is friendly, extensive and diverse, adding that the interaction is lively, especially in the areas of education, culture, science as well as amongst churches and municipalities.

She noted that the upcoming virtual political consultations between the two countries will create a platform to review bilateral relations and common positions in multilateral fora and at the same time, will give an opportunity to identify new areas of bilateral co-operation for the mutual benefit between two parties.

Source: Namibia Press Agency