Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bolivian president Evo Morales expects cooperation with Finland on clean technology

COOPERATION • Visiting to Helsinki, Finland on Saturday Bolivian President Evo Morales expected Bolivia and Finland could strengthen cooperation on “clean technology”.


Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and Finnish President Tarja Halonen speak at the presidential palace in Helsinki May 22, 2010. President Morales is on an official state visit to Finland.
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HELSINKI, Finland.— Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Bolivian President Evo Morales held talks in Finnish Presidential Palace on Saturday, mainly discussing climate issues and the bilateral transfer of clean technology.

At the press conference after the official meeting, President Morales said that Finland has much advanced “know-how” in energy and environment area, in which he hoped that the two countries could make further cooperation.

He pointed out that Bolivia and Finland could promote bilateral trade on the base of environmental protection and sustainable development, which both countries were interested in. Morales suggested Finland export its clean technologies to Bolivia, which could supply Finland with clean food products in return.

"Finland could provide Bolivia with clean technology, while Bolivia could supply organic products to Finland," he said through a translator.
Bolivian President Morales arrived in Helsinki on Friday for a visit at the invitation of Finnish President Tarja Halonen, which marked the first visit of Bolivian President to Finland.

Morales, who arrived in Finland Friday after a three-day visit to Norway, stressed that:

"industrial development is important. But there are technologies to do it while taking care of Mother Earth ... Bolivia is a developing country, but we want to develop using clean technology," he said.
Pursuing industrial development without respecting nature, insisted, is a path that "leads to death."
"Actually, there are two paths: to save capitalism or to save Mother Earth," he said.

He also pointed out that:

"Earth can live without humankind, but humankind cannot live without Mother Earth."

Bolivia's President Evo Morales poses for photos with Finland's Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (L) at the Prime Minister's Official Residence, Kesaranta, in Helsinki May 22, 2010.
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Source: XINHUA / FRANCE 24

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