The Commonwealth of Dominica has welcomed a new Swedish Ambassador.

Ambassador Designate of Sweden to the Dominica, His Excellency Anders Bengtcen presented his letter of credence to President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin on Friday, January 27 2023.

President Savarin says he hopes that the two countries will be able to revisit their bilateral collaboration to build resilience to climate change.

“It is my expectation that during Your Excellency’s term of office that we cab revisit the 2016 exchange of letters between the then Ambassador of Sweden to Dominica, His Excellency Claes Hammar and our Ministry of Health and Environment, proposing bilateral collaboration as part of the Project building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts through the Energy Sector. It is my further expectation that during your tenure, new life will be breathed into the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Political Dialuge and Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Governments of the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finalnd, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, signed in the Margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2016 during the CARICOM-Nordic countries customary working lunch. I entertain no doubt that Your Excellency will succeed in both endeavors,” President Savarin stated.

His Excellency Savarin added that he looks forward to the strengthening of bilateral ties between Dominica and Sweden.

“Your Excellency, we look forward to the growing presence of Sweden in the Caribbean Region and to the further strengthening of relationships both bilaterally and multilaterally, in dealing with the many challenges confronting Small Island Developing States, and more particularly the devastating effects of climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and more recently the Russia/Ukraine war, which put the well-being of our peoples and the entire world at risk. We note that Sweden places great importance on renewable energy, security and conflict resolution, democratic values and the rule of law. We also note Sweden’s commitment to combatting climate change. These are key areas that are mitigating the impacts of the major challenges being confronted globally,” President Savarin added.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Designate of Sweden to Dominica, His Excellency Anders Bengtcen says Sweden is committed to working with Dominica in the fight against climate change.

“In the United Nations, institutions and other multi-lateral forums, we will       cooperate with Dominica and other countries in the Caribbean to address the specific concerns facing the Caribbean. The Swedish private sector, research institutions and academia are devoting considerable financial and intellectual resources to develop smart, zero fossil fuel solutions to radically reduce C02 emissions with the aim of reaching net zero emissions in Sweden by 2045,” His Excellency Bengtcen stated.