Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury hosted on Thursday 26 November 2015 in Monrovia a celebration to mark the appointment of Mr Markku Vesikko as the new Honorary Consul of Finland in Liberia, and the opening of the new Honorary Consulate of Finland. Present at the event were representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, headed by the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, local media, and Finns living and working in Liberia.
In her speech Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury highlighted the important role of Honorary Consuls in representing Finland, and in looking after the interests of and acting as a contact point for Finnish citizens. She pointed out that in recent years promoting a stronger awareness of Finland and its strengths abroad, as well as Finnish business interests, have continued to gain more importance in the work of Honorary Consuls. Mr Vesikko who is Country Representative of the Finnish Refugee Council in Liberia is also personally interested in further strengthening the relations between civil societies of Finland and Liberia. In addition to congratulating the new Honorary Consul and wishing him success in his duties, Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury also thanked the retiring Honorary Consul Mr Aron Milton for his contribution to the relations between Finland and Liberia.
Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury who presented on the same day her credentials as Ambassador of Finland to Liberia to President Johnson Sirleaf, officially introduced Mr Vesikko to the President as the new Honorary Consul of Finland in her meeting with the President.
The Honorary Consulate of Finland is located at the Office of the Finnish Refugee Council, in central Monrovia (Mamba Point).
Photos by Finnish Refugee Council.