The Ambassador of Sweden, Madam Lena Nordstrom and two members of her office staff; Ms. Elisabeth Harleman, Head of Development Cooperation and Mr. Charles Lawrence, National Program Officer today, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 held a ‘Round Table Lunch’ with some members of the Liberian media community including the Vice President of the Press Union of Liberia for an acquaintance meeting aimed at familiarizing themselves with the Liberian media.
The friendly discussion between the media and the Ambassador and her staff highlighted the role the Government of Sweden over the years has played in the reconstruction of Liberia, and the strengthening of democracy and gender equality with greater respect to human rights.
At the start of the friendly discussion, few booklets entitle: Strategy for Sweden’s Development Cooperation with Liberia 2016-2020 were distributed in order to give an insight of the many contributions the Government of Sweden is making towards the growth and development of Liberia.
The booklet presented to the media noted, “With the framework of strategy, Swedish development Cooperation with Liberia will contribute to peacebuilding and statebuilding. The aim is to help strengthen Liberia’s public services and create the conditions for peaceful, inclusive and sustainable development. Activities are also to contribute to increased gender equality as well as an improved environment and reduced climate impact. The strategy will apply for the period of 2016-2020 and comprise a total of SEK I 350 million, of which SEK I 320 million is intended for activities implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and SEK 30 million is intended for activities implemented by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA),” the booklet highlighted.
For their part, Ms. Elisabeth Harleman and Mr. Charles Lawrence spoke of the numerous contributions the Government of Sweden has made over the years and is still making to secure its lasting peace including Swedish’s support for multilateral cooperation and spoke of the construction of 636 kilometer feeder roads project in order to avoid dozens of rural dwellers without farm to market roads working several hours by foot.
Both embassy officials said over the years the Sweden Government has been working to strengthen the Liberian civil society groups, conflict sensitivity, Gender and human rights, an effort they disclosed has made a significant improvement.
Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe with great diversity in its nature and climate. Its distinctive yellow and blue flag is one of the national emblems that reflect centuries of history between Sweden and its Nordic neighbors.
The meeting the Liberian media stakeholders and the staff of the embassy of Sweden was a very successful one with the embassy making promises for more meetings of such nature in the future.