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Press Releases, 9/14/2009

Finland establishing closer ties with Caribbean states

Press release 233/2009
14 September, 2009

Dr. Len Ishmael, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is visiting Finland hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 14-15 September. Len Ishmael from St. Lucia leads the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), formed by nine island states in the Eastern Caribbean. Established in 1981, the organisation has developed the cooperation between the member states so that the countries currently have a common Currency Union and central bank, close cooperation between the respective judicial systems, and strivings for closer political collaboration.

Director General Ishmael will discuss with Under-Secretary of State Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Director General of the Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and other civil servants the opportunities of developing the cooperation between Finland and the Caribbean. As a representative of small island states, Director General Ishmael hopes assistance particularly for making provisions for climate change and alleviation of its consequences.

In Helsinki, Ishmael will also meet representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and the Island Committee, operating at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and visit the Baltic Sea Commission and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Additional information and interview requests: Counsellor Kimmo Pulkkinen, tel. +358 40 578 4344

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