Commissioner-General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba
LRA Hails Sweden’s Support To Poverty Reduction
MONROVIA, June 19 (LINA) - The Commissioner-General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, has lauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the LRA.
Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas, including strengthening the financial sector though its development arm -Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
“The Swedish government has been good partners to Liberia….especially in your goal to reduce poverty,” 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 the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Lena Nordström, in late January.
Tamba 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 and Liberians.
“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, adding, “Though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA basket, 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 focuses on strengthening democracy, gender equality, and increasing respect for human rights.