New Finance Minister: No Rush on Selling

New Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg, named to the post on Friday, said a key task for the centre-right government was to boost employment.

Borg told reporters after Reinfeldt announced his appointment that ”Our most important goal is to increase employment,”

He added that ”This must happen, no matter what the economic situation we find ourselves in. It is a question of creating the conditions to make it pay to work and that it is easier to take on staff and run companies,”

Borg went on to say that on ”October 16th (when the budget is presented) is when we will set out the pace of the other reforms and the proposals we will carry out.”   

He also said that he would not hurry in carrying out the privatisation plans which the government has promised.

The coalition Alliance for Sweden said before the election that it planned asset sales worth nearly US$ 750 billion a year.

These would include state-held stakes in TeliaSonera, OMX and Nordea.

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