The Norwegian State sells its shares in Cermaq ASA

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has today accepted to sell the Norwegian State's shares in the fish-farming company Cermaq to Mitsubishi Corporation.

New state secretaries in Norway

In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed new state secretaries.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan

Foreign Minister Børge Brende's speech at the first plenary session 'Promoting Financial and Economic Cooperation through Enhanced Europe-Asia Connectivity' at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Milan 16 October 2014.

Norwegian Foreign Minister in Liberia: Norway pledges a further NOK 75 million to the fight against Ebola

‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst the world has ever seen, and is a serious threat to health, security and development both in the region and globally. Unless the international community, and particularly the UN and WHO, scale up and speed up the response, the situation will continue to deteriorate,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Challenges for implementation of a peace agreement

'For Colombia, a peace agreement represents only a beginning. The real challenge is what lies ahead. Norway has a long-term partnership with Colombia, and will continue to provide assistance in the post-conflict phase', said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in his statement at a seminar on the Colombian peace agreement.

License granted for electricity interconnectors to Germany and the UK

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today granted Statnett licenses for two new electricity interconnectors, one to Germany and one to the United Kingdom. In total, this will increase Norway’s interconnection capacity with near 50 percent. Statnett plans commissioning of the cable to Germany in 2018, while the cable to the UK is planned commissioned in 2020.

High level conference in Cairo: USD 5.4 billion to Palestine

A total of USD 5.4 billion in assistance to Palestine was pledged at today’s international donor conference for Gaza and Palestine. ‘This solid result demonstrates massive international support for the Palestinian people. It sends a strong signal that the world is standing together to rebuild Gaza. We expect that Israel will do its part to reverse its access restrictions on Gaza, so that the assistance actually reaches the civilian population, and the society can be rebuilt,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Press Conference Remarks

'This conference is important because countries pledged important financial resources to reconstruct Gaza according to the National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan of the Government of Palestine', said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, in his remarks at the press conference.

Introductory Remarks at the Cairo Conference on Palestine

'Some six weeks have passed since the 51 days of fighting ended, but the wounds are far from healed. Ahead of the AHLC donor meeting in New York, I visited Gaza in early September to survey the fallout on the ground. The scenes of massive destruction were devastating, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said at the Gaza conference.

Gaza: Clear requirements by donors

‘The Gaza war this summer shows that the cycle of violence must be broken. Fundamental steps are needed to open up Gaza and generate growth and development for the people there. That will require new policies from both Israel and the Palestinians,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.