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    Norway-Sri Lanka agree to increase cooperation

    9719de51d3d0548e3b06360251868669_xlSri Lanka and Norway will take steps to increase cooperation in several areas, including fisheries, IT, energy, hydro and solar power as well as oil and gas exploration.

    This was revealed during bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Presidential Secretariat today.

    Solberg congratulated the Sri Lanka government for the measures taken to strengthen democracy, reconciliation and development in the country.

    President Sirisena said Sri Lanka would appreciate technical expertise from Norway to develop the fisheries industry. He said Sri Lanka sought foreign investments for export-oriented industries such as garments, gem and jewellery, ceramic, plants, timber and medicine.

    Solberg said her government would bring together potential Norwegian investors and Sri Lankan partners. She said that Norway was keen to assist with development and increase cooperation in trade, industry and business.

    The Norwegian delegation included Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether, Lasse Bjorn Johannessen – Director, South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Borge Romsloe, Senior Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office of Norway and Espen Gullikstad, Special Adviser for Sustainable Development Goals, Norway.

    Courtesy – Daily News

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