Unit for Southern and Western Africa

The Unit for Southern and Western Africa (ALI-30)


• Prepares and coordinates Finland's political, trade political, commercial and development policy objectives, policies and positions, which concern Finland's relations with the countries, inter-regional organisations and other bodies and processes in the region;
• Promotes commercial and economic cooperation between Finland and the countries of the region, including Team Finland work;
• Defines the objectives of development cooperation, prepares and presents programmes and projects and handles them in the Ministry's internal coordination system, as well as takes care of their management and supervision;
• Handles matters relating to state and ministerial visits to and from the region, maintains contacts with the countries of the region through, for example, bilateral consultations, export promotion, and participation in multi-stakeholder negotiations and donor consultations that concern development cooperation;
• Prepares Finland's positions and represents Finland in EU working groups and committees dealing with matters concerning the region; develops the network of Finnish missions in the region and steers their work, among other things, by organising regional meetings, assessing the heads of missions' annual plans of action and holding annual consultations with them, and assessing the missions’ annual plans;
• Coordinates matters concerning the region with other departments of the Ministry, especially the Political Department, the Department for External Economic Relations, and the Department for Development Policy, including, as required, with other state administration bodies;
• Handles general political matters related to Finland and the EU and the countries of the region and formulation of related CFSP positions


Regional organisations:
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Countries

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Email

  • ALI-30@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for Southern and Western Africa
PO Box 176
00023
GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address

Kanavakatu 3 B
00160
HELSINKI
FINLAND

Juha Savolainen
Director
  • +358 295 351 508
Saija Immonen
Administrative Officer
  • +358 295 351 191
Arja Safarov
Assistant
  • +358 295 351 927

Southern Africa Team

Countries

Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Tapani Kivelä
Team Leader
Southern Africa
  • +358 295 350 488
Sara Stenroos
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 295
Petri Wanner
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 553

Mozambique Team

Countries

Angola, Eswatini, Madagascar, Mozambique

Milma Kettunen
Team Leader
  • +358 295 351 844
Johanna Laukkanen
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 054

West and Central Africa Team

Countries

Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Jussi Nummelin
Team Leader
West and Central Africa
  • +358 295 351 768
Minna Niemi
Desk Officer
West and Central Africa
  • +358 295 350 527

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.