Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde leads Team Sweden delegation to Palestine
On 21–22 November, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde traveled to Palestine. Ms. Linde led a Team Sweden delegation of around 10 companies and representatives of four government agencies. It is the first time the Government conducts a Team Sweden trip to Palestine.
During the visit, Ms. Linde met Palestinian counterparts to discuss economic and political developments in Palestine, including the possibilities of trade and the exchange of experience between Palestine and Sweden in the economic area.
This visit aimed to contribute to positive economic development in Palestine.
“It is essential to increase Palestine’s opportunities for economic exchanges with the rest of the world. Sweden can both contribute with business solutions and examples of good practice, even if Palestinian companies must operate in a challenging environment,” says Ms Linde.
Team Sweden is the Government’s concept for integrated trade promotion and promotion of Sweden and was created as part of the Government’s export strategy. Issues including corporate social responsibility and gender equality was also be raised during the trip. All companies in the delegation have signed Business Sweden’s ‘new undertakings document’, which is a result of the Government’s focus on corporate social responsibility. Several B to B meetings were held between Palestinian and Swedish companies. whereas Middle East Business Magazine met with some of these companies who expressed their excitement of this opportunity of networking and potential business relationship with Palestinian companies.
Ms. Linde added: “I particularly look forward to meeting women Palestinian entrepreneurs for discussions on women’s participation on the labor market and other important issues, including corporate social responsibility”. Moreover, minister Linde met with “She Entrepreneur Allumini” in Ramallah, and listened to their experiences and aspirations.