The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has received the credentials of the newly appointed Ambassador of Finland to the African Union (AU), H.E. Ms. Helena Airaksinen. The newly appointed Ambassador presented her credentials at the AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.
Following the presentation of Credentials, they held a brief discussion on areas of cooperation between the AU Commission and Finland, which include: peace and security, women and youth empowerment.
The Ambassador informed the AU Commission Chairperson that Finland’s next year’s 100 years of independence celebration will focus on youth issues, which coincidentally is the focus for 2017 at the AU, entitled “African Year for Harnessing Demographic Dividends for accelerated Youth Empowerment'”. The AU Commission and Finland hope to collaborate around these themes for greater impact.
The Chairperson acknowledged the strong working relationship with the immediate former and looked forward a similar or greater collaboration the new Ambassador as well. She wished her well during her tour of duty.