June 21 – A local medical practitioner has been named Finland’s first Honorary Consul in St. Kitts and Nevis. The credentials of Dr. Joy Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand, were approved By the Cabinet, after being submitted By St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Hon. Sam Condor. In July 2009, the Cabinet, approved the establishment of an Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Finland in St. Kitts and Nevis at the request of its Caracas-based Finnish Embassy. In giving its approval, the contributions of Dr. Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand to Medicine were noted in relation to matters involving HIV/AIDS, as well as her chairpersonship of the National Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The government believes that Dr. Ferdinand’s appointment provides great impetus for a productive relation between Finland and takes this opportunity to wish this outstanding citizen well in all her diplomatic and other endeavours. Finland has in recent times, attempted to forge closer partnerships with Caribbean countries, and in particular, the members of the OECS. The twin-island Federation’s principal subject of mutual interest with Finland is climate change and the combating of its effects.