Working for sustainable and inclusive development: Sweden to work with Union for the Mediterranean in support of regional integration
February 22, 2017
The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have signed a €6.5 million multi annual financial agreement to support UfM activities in favour of a more sustainable and inclusive development in the region.
“The agreement with Sida is a concrete and substantial contribution to UfM activities and overall regional efforts towards the three strategic objectives of human development, stability and integration,” said UfM Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi.
The Swedish Development Agency supports a number of activities in the region and has successfully cooperated with the UfM and project partners on issues related to governance and financing, as well as on capacity building related to water.
“The region’s social and economic development is hindered by the low level of economic and regional integration,” said Anders Frankenberg, Sida’s Director of the regional unit for the Middle East and North Africa, adding the main focus of the agreement was “to strengthen integration in the Mediterranean by advancing and amplifying UfM regional dialogue and cooperation initiatives on sectors of particular value for the sharing of best practices, fostering dialogue processes and advancing the regional agenda.”