Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sweden to host informal Nordic-African ministerial meeting in Skåne

1 Sep 2011 11:55 Africa/Lagos


Sweden to host informal Nordic-African ministerial meeting in Skåne

STOCKHOLM, September 1, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Next week, on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September, Sweden will be hosting an informal foreign ministers meeting between the Nordic countries and eleven African countries at Örenäs Castle, south of Helsingborg. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will host the meeting and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will also be taking part.


At the meeting ministers will discuss economic development and growth against the backdrop of the strong economic outlook in several African countries, freedom on the Internet, democracy and state-building, and other topical issues.


Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will host the meeting. Sweden's Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will also be taking part. In attendance will also be foreign ministers (or other representatives) from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, and Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Djibouti.


This year's will be the tenth informal Nordic-African ministerial meeting of its kind. Each year the job of hosting the meeting has alternated between an African country and a Nordic country.


Press conference

A press conference with Mr Bildt and Ms Carlsson will be held after the meeting. Please bring your press credentials.


Time and place:

Tuesday 6 September, approx. 12.15

Örenäs Castle, Landskrona, Sweden


Source: Sweden - Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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