LRA Hails Sweden’s Support, Seeks Technical Assistance

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The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the Liberia Revenue Authority.

Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas, including strengthening the financial sector through its development arm—Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

“The Swedish Government has been good partners to Liberia to reduce poverty,” Commissioner General Tamba stated recently when she led an LRA delegation to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The visit was a follow-up to the one paid to the LRA by Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ms. Lena Nordström in late January.

The Commissioner General acknowledged the Swedish Government’s goal to support poverty reduction, and indicated that the more private sector trade is improved in the country, the better it will be for Liberia.

“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, “though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA, we come to seek a more direct technical assistance from the Swedish Government.”

The Commissioner General then presented an official letter requesting technical support to enable the LRA to achieve its strategic objectives and outcomes, and to establish partnership with the Swedish Revenue Authority.

The Swedish envoy indicated that her government intends to help people living in poverty better their lives because it is part of Human Rights.

The head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy added that Sweden’s support is focused on strengthening democracy, gender equality, and increasing respect for human rights.

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