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Post-conflict Liberia braces itself for the task of re-building as more attention continues to be directed to the energy sector of the country, with the potential to shape the future of the sector.
Scandinavian Electro Build, AB or Inc. (SEBAB),a Swedish Electrical Engineering Company has initiated the necessary first step to transform, if not revolutionize the utility of electricity in Liberia as it enters into a series of cooperative agreements with a Liberian-owned Power and Energy Solutions Company called Electro Mechanical Engineering (EME), Inc. over the weekend.
The Swedish corporate delegation comprises CEO, Mr. Thomas Anderson and Business Manager, Mikael Brink, and their Liberian partners represented by Debar W. Allen, Executive Director and Benjamin A. Schall, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer.
In attendance at a dinner recently were students of the Stella Maris University with both executives of SEBAB and Electro Mechanical Engineering, Inc. together and guests from the Liberia Chamber of Architects discussed professional perspectives of the current state of the energy sector in Liberia with focus on the utility and durability of electrical hardware on the market.
Mr. Anderson assured that with the emergence of his company in the country, Liberians will have access to valuable and durable supplies of electrical power solutions in Liberia.
Activities marking the visit of the Swedish corporate delegation ended at the Swedish Embassy on Friday with the signing of an agreement and the issuance of SEBAB’s Certificate of Agency and Sole Representation.
The Agreements between the Swedish and Liberian Companies, in effect, appointed EME as the sole representative of SEBAB in Liberia. Under the terms of the Agreements, a newly formed Joint Venture Corporation, Liberia Electro Power (LEP), will manufacture several electrical components for sale in Liberia and the Mano and ECOWAS Region.
In response to the social responsibility requirement, SEBAB will provide extensive training opportunities for young Liberian engineers at its facilities in Sweden and the consummation of the partnership agreement will also help provide jobs for Liberians to expedite and enhance the acquisition of knowledge and offer unparalleled level of technology and service to the energy sector here in Liberia.
EME’s principal, Debar W. Allen, returned home in 2004 from the United States of America with personal commitment to business development and EME’s Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Benjamin A. Schall, is a seasoned and experienced electrical engineer who was the General Foreman for the Nimba and Tokadeh Mines during the days of the erstwhile Liberia-America Joint Venture Corporation (LAMCO).
In a joint interview following the brief ceremony at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, both Allen and Anderson reinforced their commitment to providing high quality electrical products for the Liberian market and as well be a strong partner in the human resource development needs of the country.
Liberia is the latest African country to be a beneficiary of technology provided by the Swedish-based Company in the sector. Already, SEBAB has presence in Mozambique and Nigeria where it is making inroads into the market.