Last week, the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö, visited Mexico. This official visit had the main purpose of strengthening the collaboration between Mexico and Finland, specifically in the fields of energetics, forestry, education and telecommunication.
I had the honour of being invited by Mrs. Anne Lammila, the Ambassador of Finland in Mexico to a reception for Mr. Niinistö to represent Aalto LAB Mexico. The President eloquently described his first impressions of Mexico, as this happened to be the first time he and his wife, Mrs. Jenni Haukio, visited the country. The strongest impression, he said, was caused by the smiles of the Mexican people; for although he would expect his hosts to treat him nicely, people from places which he and his wife visited ‘undercover’ could have acted differently.
The visit was a success: agreements were signed and new areas of opportunity were both counties could work together were identified. His speech ended with a toast. We toasted for the young people who are eager to work hard to make Mexico a better place.
I was not able to meet the President in person, but I had the great pleasure of greeting the two Ambassadors, Mrs. Anne Lammila and Mrs. Norma Pensado at the same time. They both have been very supportive with our small but true collaboration between Finland and Mexico ‘Aalto LAB Mexico’. We will never be able to thank them enough.
Mrs. Anne Lammila is soon finishing her period in Mexico and moving on to a new adventure. We will sure miss her, but we wish her the very best!
Photo by Silvia Elena Garduño.