Helsinki, Finland – At an AWEPA mission to Helsinki, the delegation met with Dr. Kimmo Kiljunen, the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative to regional mediation tasks. New AWEPA member Hon. Satu Haapanen was present at the meeting, representing Hon. Jani Toivola, MP and the Head of the Finnish AWEPA Section. Thereafter AWEPA met with Hon. Pekka Haavisto who is an MP and the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative to the Horn of Africa and Sudan.
The delegation explained the AWEPA Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) project to the others present. The JMT is composed of two European MPs and two African MPs from the ruling and opposition party, who discuss developments in the aid relationship from their respective sides. In addition, the delegation discussed AWEPA’s recently signed MoU with the ECOWAS Parliament, in which it was agreed to strengthen their capacity by means of AWEPA’s Millennium Development Goals programme, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).