President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, pays a working visit to Finland on 16–17 November 2022. The visit is hosted by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.
President Niinistö and President Nyusi held official discussions at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday morning. In addition to bilateral relations between Finland and Mozambique, the topics included Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Mozambique’s future membership of the UN Security Council, food security issues and climate change.
At a joint press conference after the discussions, President Niinistö said that the Russian invasion has caused great suffering in Ukraine, but also great problems in other parts of the world, for example in terms of energy supply and food security. “In this respect, we share the view that it is necessary to achieve peace at some point and that all the work towards it is valuable.”
Accompanied by an economic delegation
The President of Mozambique is accompanied by a large economic delegation. As President Niinistö said, increasing economic cooperation between Finland and Mozambique also supports development cooperation objectives. Mozambique is a long-term development cooperation partner of Finland.
“As far as Finland is concerned, we want to say that equality, education and good governance have played a key role in making Finland a welfare state. We are ready to share these experiences with you at any time.”
Moreover, president Niinistö raised the issue of climate change, which also affects Mozambique. This year, Mozambique joined the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, which has been chaired by Finland. “It is one way for international cooperation to seek solutions,” he said.
Later on Wednesday, President Nyusi will meet with Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. In addition, he will meet with his Finnish pen pal from approximately 50 years ago.
On Thursday 17 November, President Nyusi speaks at a seminar on business opportunities between Mozambique and Finland organised by Business Finland and visits Finnish companies. He will also become acquainted with the Finnish education system at University of Helsinki Viikki Normal School and Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo region. Finland has particularly supported the development of basic education in Mozambique.
The previous presidential visit from Mozambique to Finland took place in 2008, when President Tarja Halonen hosted President Armando Guebuza’s state visit.