Warri Kingdom in Delta State and Tampere City of Finland has entered into a partnership to promote and develop some key components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Kingdom was in line with Delta State and the Federal Government’s initiatives to encourage privately driven efforts towards achieving SDGs.
The partnership was consumated on Friday in Tampere, Finland, with the signing of the MoU between Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, and His Excellency, Ilkka Sasi, Deputy Mayor, City of Tampere.
The Queen Consort of Warri Kingdom, Olori Atuwatse III, signed the MoU on behalf of Ogiame Atuwatse III for the Kingdom. The MoU will see the two partners strengthening exchange and cooperation in the area of education.
In the agreement, they also both aimed to promote opportunities in the areas of digital transformation, common prosperity and regional development, as well as strengthen relationships between them.
According to the MoU, “Parties aim to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, especially, but not limited in the educational sector in knowledge transfer, capacity building, and Foreign Direct Investment, (FDI) activities. “To jointly promote friendly exchanges between parties on equality and mutual benefits.
“Both sides encourage different public and private sector stakeholders from each region to connect, promoting opportunities in digital transformation, common prosperity, and regional development that are in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal principles.”
It was the understanding that both parties shall bear its own cost of funding towards the actualisation of the purpose of the MoU, unless the use of alternative financial mechanisms for specific purposes is otherwise agreed upon.
It was further agreed that they will collaborate to the extent permitted by the applicable laws, and to the extent possible on such matters as may be agreed by both from time to time.
The MoU is valid for three years, and it is subject to renewal as part of the outcome of His Royal Majesty’s visit to Finland in July 2023.