Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) meeting the newly accredited Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Pirkko – Liisa Kyöstilä today (21/11/17)
|Story by George Sanzila
Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has reiterated his plan of creating a Namibian- Finnish Parliamentary grouping that would look at pertinent issues of mutual concern between the legislative bodies of the two countries.
Hon. Katjavivi who recently visited Finland to seek for more cooperation repeated the same sentiments when he met newly accredited Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Pirkko – Liisa Kyöstilä today (21/11/17).
According to Hon. Katjavivi, the friendship group would expound on issues of importance such as information and communication technology and gender based violence. “My visit in Finland was aimed at strengthening the already existing cooperation between our two countries. Of particular importance to me was the existing Finnish - Namibia Parliamentary group which we met in Finland. We would like to emulate the gesture in order for us to champion issues of concern such as moving towards e - parliament and tackling gender based violence”, noted Hon. Katjavivi.
Hon. Katjavivi says critical issues of gender based violence that continue to cripple Namibia needs concerted efforts and cooperation between various stakeholders.
H.E. Kyöstilä, who presented her credentials to President Hage Geingob only ten days ago promised to continue to enhance the cooperation between the two bodies. She was based in the troubled state of Palestine before she was reassigned to Namibia.
It was also revealed in the meeting that the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, Hon. Maria Lohela would reciprocate Katjavivi’s visit by coming to Namibia early next year.