Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and the Ambassador of Sweden in Chile, Eva Zetterberg, signed three memoranda of understanding on the following matters: sustainable urban development, sustainable forest management and sustainable mining.
The ceremony was held as part of the official visit that the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, paid to our country on 18-19 May.
This is the first time that the Swedish Head of Government visits Chile and was accompanied by his wife Filippa, high-ranking government officials, and a large entourage of business representatives of major Swedish multinational corporations, who were received by Minister Moreno.
Prior to the signing of agreements, President Sebastián Piñera and Prime Minister Reinfeldt held a meeting where they discussed the main aspects of the bilateral relationship, confirming that Chile and Sweden share important values and principles and most particularly share a common vision of the value of democracy, the respect and promotion of human rights and free trade.
Moreover, the Swedish representative inaugurated the Business Seminar on Energy and Infrastructure, in which entrepreneurs from both countries were able to create a business network aimed at areas of mutual interest, inter alia, mining and environment.
Another unifying factor between the two countries are the nearly 45,000 Chileans living in Sweden, who make up a community that is a part of its society and whose contribution is reflected in all areas of the Swedish activities. As an example of this linkage, the Prime Ministers agenda included a visit to a company founded by a Chilean citizen who returned from Sweden and now employs over 500 people.
Prime Minister Reinfeldts busy agenda included the lecture he delivered at Universidad Diego Portales and the inauguration of Swedish state-of-the-art technology for surgery, known as Gamma Knife, at the new Military Hospital.