Finland Seeks to Boost Its ‘Crisis Management’ Role, Pivot to Africa

According to a cross-party report backed by the country’s foreign minister, conflicts on the African continent have a major effect on Europe in general and Finland in particular.

Finland should boost its participation in the increasing number of crisis management operations in Africa, as conflicts in the area affect the whole of Europe, a cross-party report by the Finnish parliamentary crisis management committee said.

According to the committee’s chairwoman, Johanna Sumuvuori, who is also the state secretary of Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (both of the Green Party) there is a “significant reason” to increase Finland’s participation in crisis management especially in Africa due to its vital role in making Europe’s immediate vicinity safer.

The report suggested that conflicts on the African continent have a major effect on Europe in general and Finland in particular.

Africa was described as a constantly evolving continent, with large potential for problems to grow. Climate change, population growth, poor governance, lack of future prospects, migration, and terrorism are some of the issues named in the crisis management report..

Haavisto suggested that comprehensive crisis management was particularly needed in the Sahel region and Mali, to name a few. Haavisto’s take was also backed by fellow MPs in a foreign and security police report published in 2020.

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