Norwegian Minister shows interest in the promotion of ocean-based industries in Sri Lanka
The State Minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jens Frølich Holte during his visit to Sri Lanka has reportedly discussed the promotion of ocean-based industries.
Holte’s visit during 20th – 23rd June had coincided with the arrival of the Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen to Sri Lanka.
The research vessel was to arrive in Colombo on a 26 day research journey around the island.
“The research vessel will assist Sri Lanka in mapping her marine resources.”
Holte during his visit to Sri Lanka was scheduled to meet senior politicians, ministers and members of civil society in Sri Lanka.
“This visit will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual benefit and interest, including bilateral cooperation, environmental challenges and promotion of ocean-based industries,” Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther has said.
Norway has a long history as a marine nation, and there are considerable opportunities for sustainable growth in ocean-based industries in the future, a statement by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has said.
Before ending his visit, Holte is to attend a Business Conference on Blue Economy organized by the Norwegian Embassy, with participants from the maritime, marine and aquaculture sectors in both Norway and Sri Lanka.
The interest shown by the Norwegian Minister to discuss the promotion of ocean-based industries in Sri Lanka is a clear indication of the growing business/investment opportunities in the country’s fisheries sector.
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