Finland and Nicaragua contemplated the continuation of their cooperation
“Finland will continue its cooperation with Nicaragua, and it is particularly important that the cooperation yields results,” said Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, at the joint press conference held with Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Santos López of Nicaragua on Friday. According to Hautala, Nicaragua has been able to reduce poverty and development cooperation between the two countries has achieved good results.
“Together with Minister Santos, we had good talks on the continuation of cooperation between Finland and Nicaragua. We considered a wide range of new cooperation modalities, for instance in the sectors of the extractive industries and meteorology. It is also possible to expand the cooperation to business partnerships and to promoting Central American regional security,” Hautala said.
“We agree that the new kind of support from Finland will promote human development in Nicaragua,” Foreign Minister Santos stated. “Nicaragua emphasises human development, and good results have been achieved in recent years. Extreme poverty has been reduced, as has mother and child mortality. Nicaragua has also made progress with regard to food security, and is now able to export food to its neighbour countries, Honduras and El Salvador,” Minister Santos continued.
Foreign Minister Samuel Santos López of Nicaragua had talks with Development Minister Heidi Hautala and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja during his visit to Finland on 26–27 April. Santos also met with the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja and Foreign Minister Santos discussed bilateral relations, the situation in the EU and Central America, and the small arms trade. The topics discussed with Development Minister Hautala were the continuation of cooperation between the two countries and new modalities of activity.
The Development Policy Programme approved by the Government in February shifted the focus of Finland’s cooperation towards the poorer Africa and towards some fragile states in Asia. Cooperation in Nicaragua and elsewhere in Latin America will be continued by means that support human rights and the development of democracy in the region. In addition, support will be given to the transmission of expertise in cooperation between institutions as well as through the Finnpartnership programme, which supports entrepreneurship in other countries.