Meet our new Ambassador

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Meet Ms. Sofia Calltorp, Sweden's new Ambassador to Zimbabwe: "Representing a gender and environment conscious government, these two particular issues alongside our strong engagement for rule of law and human rights, are clearly priorities for our engagement with Zimbabwe”.  


On Thursday, 9 February, Ambassador Sofia Calltorp handed over her letters of credence to H.E. the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe at the State House.

Upon meeting H.E. the President, Ambassador Calltorp said: “I am looking forward to sustain and strengthen the longstanding relationship between Zimbabwe and Sweden”, referring to Sweden’s support not only to the Zimbabwean people during the liberation struggle – but also to the continuous development of Zimbabwe since independence.

Cultural and academic exchanges
For years, students, teachers and professors from both Zimbabwe and Sweden have been awarded study opportunities and exchange programmes to strengthen the cultural and academic ties between to two countries. "There has been great social, economic and  cultural exchange between our countries since the Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980”, said the new Ambassador.

Former and current MPs and even Ministers have studied in Sweden in the past. Similarly, several Swedish colleges and universities continue to cooperate with universities and other educational institutions in Zimbabwe.

Trade and Export Promotion
Several big Swedish companies are already present in Zimbabwe and we will continue to encourage Swedish Investors to engage with the Zimbabwean market - especially with the increasing opportunities arising within the mining and agricultural sector. We will together with Open Trade Gate Sweden similarly continue to assist Zimbabwean producers and manufacturers that are keen to export to Sweden or to partner up with Swedish companies.  

Development Cooperation
Sweden’s commitment to Zimbabwe is also reflected in Sweden's development cooperation with Zimbabwe. Each year Sweden provides US$ 20-25 million in development assistance to the country via the UN and civil society. 

Sweden primarily supports initiatives that enhance gender equality, respect for rule of law and human rights, but also efforts that ensure that everyone has access to professional health services. Lastly, Sweden will provide more support to climate and environment programmes in the coming years.

Focus on Gender, Environment & Human Rights
"Representing a gender and environment conscious government, these two particular issues alongside our strong engagement for rule of law and human rights, are clearly priorities for our engagement with Zimbabwe”, said Ambassador Calltorp. 

Ms. Calltorp has been with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for close to 20 years, and has previously served as head of the MFA’s Humanitarian Section and was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Sudan amongst other things. She brings with her to Zimbabwe great experience from both the political arena as well as from the humanitarian field.

Ms. Sofia Calltorp is married to Mr Andrea Danti and has two children.

 
Brief Resume:

2012- 2016:
Deputy Director / Head of Humanitarian Section
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

2008 – 2012: Deputy Head of Mission / Councellor
Embassy of Sweden in Sudan

2005 –2008: First Secretary
Swedish mission to the UN in Geneva

2003-2004: Deputy Head of the Swedish Government’s  Initiative for Global Responsibility
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

2002-2003: Desk Officer and alternate Swedish Delegate in COAFR, Africa Department
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

2000-2001: Second  Secretary
Embassy of Sweden in Kenya

1999-2000: Second  Secretary
Swedish mission to the UN in Geneva

 

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