Newly appointed Norwegian Ambassador calls on Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs

The newly appointed Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh Blake Sidsel called on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP and State Minister for Foreign affairs Md. Shahriar Alam MP at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

During the call on, the Foreign Minister recalled his visit to Norway in early September this year to have bilateral talks with his Norwegian counterpart. He expressed confidence that Norwegian Foreign Minister would visit Bangladesh in February 2017, as was agreed in Oslo. The Minister stated that there is ample scope of expanding the volume of trade between the two countries. He mentioned that Bangladesh offers significant investment incentives which the Norwegian business people might take and invest more in Bangladesh in the field of IT, Power Generation, oil, gas and mineral exploration, tourism, private EPZ, telecommunications, roads & highways, agro industries, leather and leather goods, frozen foods, textile, electronics, fashion industries, shipbuilding industries and so on.

During the call on with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, the State Minister sought Norwegian support of technology transfer from Norway to identify and quantify our marine resources. He also mentioned that there is opportunity for Norwegian investors to finance large scale infrastructural projects in Bangladesh.

He further appreciated Norwegian assistance in improving environmental standards in the ship recycling industry. He also encouraged Norwegian investment in renewable energy. It may be noted that Norwegian company 'Scatec Solar' made $800 million investment proposal to generate 500 MW solar power in different parts of Bangladesh, to Foreign Minister Ali during his visit to Norway.

Congratulating the new Ambassador on her appointment to Bangladesh both the Ministers welcomed herat the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Wish her all the success while serving in Bangladesh.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs