In response to concerns raised by private consultancies about state agencies’ expanding aid-financed activity, Sida’s Lennart Nordström insists that firms will continue to play an “extremely important role".
AGRICULTURAL ADVISOR IN IRAQ: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen confirms to Development Today that it is about to sign a contract for the provision of an Agricultural Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq, based at The Danish Office in Basra.
In a report commissioned by the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Swedish Trade Council on post-tsunami reconstruction business opportunities for the Swedish private sector, Indonesian authorities are praised for being in control of the unprecedented task of rebuilding affected areas.
The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Trade Council are sending a delegation to Indonesia and Sri Lanka to identify business opportunities in post-tsunami reconstruction for the Swedish private sector. Headed by Swedish Ambassador Jan Palmstierna, Chief Coordinator for Trade and Investment Promotion at the Ministry, the delegation is made up of representatives of Swedish firms, as well as Lena Rooth of the Swedish Trade Council and other Ministry officials.