Finland forms a part of the globalised world, and according to parliamentary candidate Ramieza Mahdi, this means that besides our national responsibilities, we must shoulder our international responsibility when it comes to sustainable social development.
“Today, industrial export turnover in Ostrobothnia lies at around 75 per cent. This is the result of our trade and industry bravely and smartly investing in developing the exportation of their products. Therefore our region is seen as a frontrunner in the export industry – not just in Finland but even abroad,” Mahdi says.
“When countries and companies trade with each other, it leads to increased productivity and a greater understanding of each other. Finland’s image is a mix of highly educated labour, natural resources, a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, design traditions and a reputation for stability and quality of life. All this has led to our being seen as a competitive player on the global market.”
Mahdi considers cultural exchanges to be a further positive aspect of globalisation. Interaction between people from different countries leads to increased knowledge of diverse cultures and ways of life. Mahdi explains that this, in turn, can lead to greater understanding and respect for other cultures.
“Globalisation and international responsibility have many positive outcomes. They include economic growth, cultural exchange, improved communication, access to new markets and customers, and opportunities for personal growth and development. We should seize on this. Finland is a country with democratic values, known for equality, equal opportunities and respect for human rights. Therefore we should continue to develop our aid work and our support for human rights efforts around the world.”
“Assuming responsibility and investing in the development of democratic values outside of our own borders should be a self-evident part of Finland’s actions as a constitutional state,” Mahdi adds.