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Citizens should utilize the vast land

The Swedish ambassador to South Sudan and Sudan Han Henric Lundquist said this country has great economic potential and called on all citizens to utilize their vast land.

He made the remarks on Tuesday during the celebration of Swedish day in Juba.

“There is great economic potential mostly in agricultural sector, but there is no development without peace and security,” he said.

Lundguist who is said to have been brought up in farming family, urged South Sudanese to use their vast land to support themselves.

He reiterated that farmers and all citizens should find a way of working together to make sure their children remain in school, adding education and vocational training should help the youth to better their future.

Ambassador Lundquist hails the continual good relationship between his country and South Sudan. “Swedish through its development Co-operation is here to support the young nation to become a prosperous and peaceful country”.

He said Sweden will make sure that women are involved in the peace process by supporting them to be self-reliant through the civil society organizations.

Han Henric urged South Sudan to learn from the transparency and democratic values and also promote women and gender equality. This was the first Swedish National Day celebrated in the country since its embassy was established in 2011.

Sweden’s National Day-Is the day on which Gustav Vasa was crowned King in 1523, which laid the foundation of Sweden as an independent state, and on which an important new constitution was adopted in 1809.

The original idea came from Artur Hazelius, who founded the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm and held a national day celebration there on 6th June, as early as the 1890s.

At the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, Sweden presented Midsummer Day as a form of Swedish national day, so in the 1890s Sweden celebrated the occasion twice a year.
On June 06, 1916 became the Swedish Flag Day, celebrating the fact that Sweden had acquired its own flag following the dissolution of the Union with Norway in 1905.

By Mandela Nelson Denis

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