Democracy through dialogue? Role of parties and Members of Parliament in Finland’s future Africa strategy

Webinar on Finland’s Africa strategy on Tuesday 8 December at 10.00–11.50

We would like to invite you to a webinar organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Development Policy Committee and Demo Finland to discuss how Finland’s Africa strategy and new policies can promote the conditions for democracy. We will also explore the role of parties and Members of Parliament in Finland’s Africa strategy.

The webinar will be held via Zoom.

You can register for the webinar using this link:




Welcoming remarks: Inka Hopsu (Green League), Member of Parliament, Chair of the Development Policy Committee

Opening speech: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto

Keynote: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Learning to walk together – some lessons from the UK’s approach to Africa

Comment: H.E. Ms Sarra Chaouani Abidi, Ambassador of Tunisia

Panel discussion:

Antti Kurvinen (Centre Party), Member of Parliament

Anne-Mari Virolainen (National Coalition Party), Member of Parliament

Mikko Ollikainen (Swedish People’s Party), Member of Parliament

Sari Essayah (Christian Democrats), Member of Parliament

Tom Packalén (Finns Party), Member of Parliament

Juhani Klemetti (Liike Nyt Movement), Party Secretary

Closing comment: Helena Airaksinen, Deputy Director General, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 

The event will be hosted by Karoliina Kinnunen Mohr, Strategic Director of Kaskas Media.

A recording of the webinar will be available after the event on Demo Finland’s YouTube channel:



Participate and discuss

25.3. 2021

Launch event of the Finland's Africa Strategy 



State Secretary Sumuvuori: “Finland has great will and ability to deepen relations with African countries”

20.11. 2020

Invitation to the African diaspora in Finland for a consultation on Finland’s Africa Strategy

30.9. 2020

The stakeholder hearings of Finland’s Africa Strategy began with an online event open to the public on 30 September. The event was also streamed on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' Facebook page. Please find further information:

“Welcome to the launch of the Africa Strategy 30 September!”

You can follow the discussions on Finland's Africa Strategy on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ social media channels and participate in the conversation by using the hashtag #afrikkastrategia.

Further information regarding opportunities to participate and discuss will be provided on this website as the preparations of the Africa strategy progress.

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Please contact us with any questions or comments regarding the preparation of the Africa strategy.

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