Sweden contributes to boost the Alliance’s resilience through cooperation with private sector

  • 05 Mar. 2024 - 06 Mar. 2024
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  • Last updated: 08 Mar. 2024 22:44

Government officials and private sector representatives from NATO Allies and partner countries met in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5 and 6 March 2024 to share views and best practices on how to secure critical supplies. The discussions highlighted the importance of the private sector’s role in enhancing Allied countries resilience, including through support to NATO’s deterrence and defence efforts.

The Seminar was organized by NATO’s Civil Protection Group and opened by Carl-Oskar Bohlin, Minister for Civil Defence of Sweden. The Seminar is part of NATO’s broad undertakings to bolster resilience against all hazards to our countries and populations, through the implementation of the strengthened resilience commitment agreed by NATO leaders at the NATO Summit in Brussels in 2021. 
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) hosting the Seminar, said:  “There is a clear need for the public and private sectors to work more closely together in trusted platforms, in order to enhance mutual understanding on needs and risks across vital sectors. These include energy, communications, food and water, transportation, health, population movements, and continuity of government services. This cooperation needs to be established in peacetime and we have no time to lose.”’
The Seminar brought together more than 320 government and private sector representatives from Allied countries, Ukraine and Switzerland, as well as representatives from the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).