Press Release (March 22, 2018) – His Excellency, Jukka Pietikainen has been appointed non resident Ambassador to Dominica for the Republic of Finland.
He was officially appointed at a ceremony held on Wednesday 21 March 2018, at the State House where he was introduced to President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin.
Pietikainen presented his credentials to President Savarin, stating that he is honored to have been chosen for the position.
“I have the honor to Your Excellency the letter of credence accrediting me to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica as Ambassador as well as the letter of greetings and my pleasure sir. I would like to extend to Your Excellency, warm greetings and best wishes of the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö,” Pietikainen stated.
He went to express Finland’s support to Dominica as the country continues to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
“I want to start by expressing the solidarity of Finland to the Government, communities and people of Dominica, for the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. It caused even greater destruction than Tropical Storm Erika which struck Dominica two years earlier. My country has supported and continues to support the goal of building climate resilient Caribbean countries,” he noted.
Pietikainen stated that they responded directly after the passage of the hurricane deploying a team and relief supplies to Dominica.
“Finland deployed rapidly a technical support team to Dominica to build up the communication system for the emergency teams immediately after the storm. As one of the leading donors, our core funding to the UN, in particular to the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund, Finish funds were injected from the beginning to help the Caribbean countries in need after the two category five hurricanes,” he went on to state.
Pietikainen noted further that while the two countries may be geographically distant, their ties have been close, adding that he will be traveling frequently to Dominica to further improve the countries diplomatic relations.
“Your Excellency, it’s a privilege and joy for me to visit your country, which is of extraordinary natural beauty. While resident in Helsinki, I am determined to visit Dominica as often as needed to help build the relations between our two countries. Our countries may be geographically be distant from each other, but it has not prevented us form creating warm relations based on mutual respect and sovereign equality of nations,” Pietikainen added.