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16 Feb 2018

Finland’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, has pledged his country’s commitment to a cooperation agreement established in 2009, when Saint Lucia first established diplomatic relations with the country, paving the way for its sister territories in the OECS, who subsequently embraced Finland at the diplomatic level in 2010.  

His Excellency Ambassador Jukka Pietikainen presented his letters of credence to Saint Lucia’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Neville Cenac, at a brief ceremony which took place at Government House on February 5th.

According to the Finish Diplomat, Finland became a non-hemispheric donor to the Caribbean Development Fund about nine years ago, as part of its dialogue with the Caribbean in the fields of renewable energy, ocean governance, environmental protection, meteorology and education.

“We look forward to continuing cooperation in the energy sector especially in the field of renewable energy,” Ambassador Pietikainen said. “We have world class technology for example in the field of wind energy and bio energy. Finland is one of the global leaders in waste to energy solutions and bio fuel technologies.”

Governor General Sir Neville Cenac noted some of the commonalities which exist between Saint Lucia and Finland in the area of democracy.

“Like Finland, our main objectives are the preservation of the democratic core values and the maintenance of world peace, blessings that always yield a good harvest, even in the worst of times. Your accurate account of Finland’s usefulness as a helpful partner in this hemisphere, bears repetition. It is enough however, to say with emphasis, it is fully endorsed. I therefore wish your excellency a fruitful and rewarding tour of duty among us,” sir Neville said.

Finland marked its first century of independence from Russia in 2017. The country is a high-technology welfare state, which has made broadband access a legal right for every citizen. By 2015 more than 93 percent of the population was online—one of the highest rates of internet penetration in the European Union.