Business cooperation abroad
One of the most important tasks of the Foreign Service is to promote Norway’s business interests abroad. Internationalisation is crucial for maintaining the competitiveness of the Norwegian business sector, and high priority is given to supporting individual companies. The Foreign Service comprises more than 100 diplomatic and consular missions that can assist companies in building networks and give guidance on local conditions in the country concerned.
The National Budget 2018
Stepping up for job creation and renewable energy
'Jobs must be created in developing countries if we are to succeed in combating poverty and achieving the sustainable development goals. This is why we are proposing to increase support for private-sector development by NOK 338 million in 2018,' said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Vocational training in developing countries
The Government has entered into a partnership with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and Norwegian companies with a view to strengthening vocational training in developing countries.
Private investment in clean energy in Africa
‘More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy. Norway will therefore contribute NOK 300 million to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,’ said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Related topics and insights
01/02/2019: 'I am convinced that there are promising opportunities for developing further cooperation in many different sectors and specific industries that can result in win-win situations on both sides of the border', State Secretary Marianne Hagen said in her address at a seminar on Norwegian-Finnish trade relations.
24/01/2019: 'Africa is an increasingly important trading partner for Norway. Last year, Norwegian companies exported goods worth over 19 billion kroner to Africa. That’s an impressive 50 % increase from 2017', State Secretary Marianne Hagen said in her opening speech at a Naba seminar in Oslo.
Working together: Private sector development in Norwegian development cooperation.
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