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Swedish Government commits $US5m to Liberia

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Swedish Prime Minister , Fredrik Reinfeldt
Swedish Prime Minister , Fredrik Reinfeldt

(elbcradio.com/Dec. 10,  2015).-The Governments of Liberia and Sweden have renewed their determination to strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

The two governments made the commitment Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the signing ceremony of a five million United States Dollar Agreement in Monrovia.

The agreement is a two-year program aimed at supporting Liberia’s Decentralization Program.

In remarks, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstrom, said: “The participation of Liberians is crucial to the success of the Decentralization Program.”

Ambassador Nordstrom emphasized: “The active involvement of community dwellers in government’s activities is also fundamental to maintaining peace and increasing inclusiveness.”

Earlier, Acting Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, thanked the Government and people of Sweden for their support in the governance process of the country.

Minister Sirleaf said: “The Decentralization Program is part of Government’s Development Transformation Agenda.”

The program is aimed atensuring a participatory and inclusive governance to reflect the collective will of the people, irrespective of their status in society. 

Prior to the launch of the program, Government’s functionaries and development activities have been predominantly concentrated in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with little or no input from vast majority of the citizenry in rural Liberia.  
 

 


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