President Mohamed Nasheed has yesterday met with Ms Mari Kiviniemi, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government.

During the meeting, the Minister Kiviniemi informed the President of the local government system in Finland.

President Nasheed spoke on the government's decentralisation programme, and said the government was seeking information on the different models of local government in different countries of the world. He said the local government system proposed by the government of the Maldives has many similarities with the local government system in Finland. He also sought Finnish assistance in the decentralisation process of the Maldives.

The President and the Minister also discussed how Finland could provide assistance and technical support to the Maldives.