Swedish businesspeople wish to invest in Aceh

Banda Aceh (Antara News) - Swedish businesspeople grouped in the Swedish Trade Council have expressed interest in investment in Aceh province, Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Board (BRR) spokesman Mirza Kemala said here on Tuesday.

He said the Swedish businessmen expressed their interest to BRR chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto during a visit to Sweden over the weekend.

While in Sweden, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto met with deputy head of the Asia Department at the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Anne Hoglund.

Kuntoro also met with a number of Swedish officials to express gratitude on behalf of the Aceh people and Indonesian government for the Swedish government`s involvement in the Aceh reconstruction process in the wake of the devastating tsunami on December 26, 2004.

Mirza Kemala said that in the meeting with SIDA, the Swedish businesspeople asked a lot of questions about the latest developments in Aceh.

"They would like to know more about security assurance and the possible impact of the Muslim Syariah law on their business later in Aceh," Mirza said.

He added that SIDA also expressed delight over the significant progress of the reconstruction process in the province.

Sweden was one of the European countries which donated about US$42 million for the Aceh and Nias reconstruction program.(*)
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