Somalia: Finnish-Somalis Observe Finland's 100 years anniversary in Mogadishu

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Monday November 27, 2017 - 17:33:20 in Latest News by Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Finnish-Somalis Observe Finland's 100 years anniversary in Mogadishu

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Dozens of Finnish Citizens among them Somali government officials gathered in a colourful event here in Mogadishu to mark the Finland's 100 years anniversary.

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Finnish Embassador Tarja organizes Suomi100 Reception in Mogadishu. Photo Credit: AM
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Dozens of Finnish Citizens among them Somali government officials gathered in a colourful event here in Mogadishu to mark the Finland's 100 years anniversary.


The event, which was organized by Ambassador Tarja Fernandez, the Finnish Ambassador to Kenya, Somalia, Seychelles, Eritrea, attracted over two dozen Finnish Somali citizens among them senior government officials. The event was held inside Mogadishu airport, which is besides highly guarded and fortified security area, - the residential and working sites of the International staffs and missions.

The ambassador of Finland to Somalia Tarja Fernández noted the diverse developmental programs its embassy is rolling out to the Somali government and its people, according to Goobjoog Media. "We have quite comprehensive program in Somalia including training SNA through EU mission, UN police and state structures through different international organizations”  Ambassador Fernández told Goobjoog Media.

Ambassador Tarja emphasized the importance of Somali-Finland relations and bilateral co-operations on many fields and on behalf of Finnish Government promised to strengthen already functioning relation.

"Besides Somalia, Finland has supported Somali National Television for installing new studios in Mogadishu and I thank them for their support.” Eng. Abdirahman Yarisow, Somalia Minister of Information said in an interview.

Mogadishu, capital city of Somalia reminds usually as the centre of failed state, but Finland’s centenarian celebration in Mogadishu sends another signal to the rest of the world. Although the centenary of Finland’s independence culminates in Finland’s Independence on 6th December 2017.

Finnish approach to Somalia is different compared to the rest of the world on the field of using effectively as human resources their Finnish-Somalis, who got at first asylum and education later on.

Finland supports Somalia in various aspects, among them Somali media development project, through which new studios were installed for SNTV through Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES) and the capacity development of the Somali journalists. Finnish government also supports the establishment of the local governments which aims to establish functioning permanent local government councils and administrations, to mention a few.

- Horn Observer -


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