GoL, Sweden Signed US$21.6M Agreement

Min. Moore signing on the to the agreement
Min. Moore signing on the to the agreement
Photo Credit: MPW Public Affairs
Written by: Paul M. Kanneh 
 
The Government of Liberian and Sweden through its development arm, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has signed a US21.6 million dollars agreement to support rehabilitation of farm to market roads in the Southeast. 
 
The ceremony took place yesterday, April 26, 2017 at the Ministry of Public Works. The Minister of Public William Gyude Moore singed on behalf of the Liberian government while the Assistant Director General of the Department for Africa of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Mr. Torbjorn Pettersson singed on behalf of the Swedish Government.  
 
During the brief signing ceremony program, Minister Moore thanked the government and people of Sweden for their level of support to Liberia’s road infrastructure program, especially farm to market to roads. According to him, the road initiative in the Southeast will help alleviate transportation difficulties being experienced by the people of that region and also enhance commercial activities. 
 
For his part, Torbjorn Pettersson of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency said creating access for rural dwellers through the rehabilitation of feeder roads was their own way of supporting Liberia’s recovery program. He disclosed that the government of Sweden has spent over US30 million in the road sector of Liberia, especially creating access for rural dwellers. 
 
“Sweden as the only donor to LSFRP has since the start in 2009 to September 2016  contributed USD30.636km to the rehabilitation of and maintenance of feeder roads in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties which has led to the reduction of transportation cost and times”, Mr. Pettersson further disclosed. 
 
It can be recalled that government of Sweden through the Liberia Swedish Feeder Road project (LSFRP) provided funding for the rehabilitation of farm to market roads in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties. The program which began in 2009 saw the rehabilitation of several feeder roads in these counties as well as providing hands-on training in the maintenance of those roads for local people.