She disclosed that her government decided at the end of January on a new development cooperation strategy with Liberia spanning five years (2 016 to 2020), and amounting to about US$158 million.
Diplomat Nordstrom made the pledge Tuesday at the launch of the Feeder Roads Design Manual and Specification held under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with the Liberia-Swedish Feeder Roads Project in Monrovia.
She said the US$158 million covers support to the fight against sexual and gender based violence, the decentralization process and county service centers, agriculture, markets development, Liberia National Police and civil society organizations.
“The project of feeder roads is a flagship project for Sweden and I am sure also for Liberia; this project tells the good story about aid and how development can be achieved when we work together,” the Swedish envoy said.
According to Madam Nordstrom, the project which is in its seventh year of implementation, has achieved excellent results, including 580 kilometers of feeder roads rehabilitated and maintained in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties.
She said an external evaluation recently commissioned by the embassy showed good results, including reduction of transportation costs and time spent to reach remote villages; improvement in access to markets, better access to health and education for local communities; capacity building for the Ministry of Public Works contractors and local people trained in road construction and routine maintenance.
She named other benefits as more than one million work days created for the local people, the employment of 580 local residents and 12 contractors for routine maintenance.