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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Africa figures prominently on Finland’s agenda

It feels nice, very nice,” says Kirsti Kauppi, the new Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East on her return from Central Europe to issues concerning Africa. “It’s interesting to see how sub-Saharan Africa looks now, 20 years later,” she continues. Kirsti Kauppi assumed the post of Director General at the beginning of September. The other sphere of operations, the Middle East, has been of interest to Kauppi for as long as she can remember. The leap from Vienna to issues involving the Sahel is not as great as one might think. “Much of the ambassador’s work in Vienna involved multilateral issues. The topics ranged from the nuclear sector to drugs, from corruption to development. The whole world was included,” Kauppi explains.

Source: Ministry Affairs for Foreign Cooperation