Ambassador Hege Hertzberg recently presented her credentials to HE the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Allasane Dramane Ouattara, in Abidjan. She is now accredited to 7 countries in West Africa.

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The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has launched a new funding scheme for collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and selected partner countries. The call for applications is out and institutions in Ghana have already shown an eager interest in the scheme.

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In her national day speech, The Norwegian Ambassador HE Ms Hege Hertzberg pointed out that corruption and election year violence can undermine investor’s confidence and thus threaten the continued development of Ghana and impede on the welfare of the Ghanaian people.

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The Norwegian embassy in Accra periodically hosts a Business Forum to provide a platform for networking and discussion of topical issues affecting business operating in Ghana. The business forum held on 19th April was organized in partnership with INTSOK.

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Norway is increasing its humanitarian assistance to the Sahel to NOK 70 million in 2016. ‘The humanitarian situation in the Sahel region is dire. Food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts, climate change and rapid population growth are all taking their toll,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who visited Mali last week.

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The board of Norfund – the Norwegian Government Investment Fund for Developing Countries – has decided to start investing in West Africa, initially in English-speaking countries. A regional office will be established in Ghana.

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The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed HE John Dramani Mahama and the Norwegian Prime Minister Ms. Erna Solberg to co-chair a high level advocacy group to promote the Sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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This weekend Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne.

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The Norwegian fertiliser company Yara has sold its products to Ghana over the last few decades. In 2007 Yara Ghana Ltd was established, and the company has taken a leadership position in the market. A team from the Norwegian Embassy in Accra, headed by Ambassador Hege Hertzberg, recently visited Yara in Northern Region.

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Norway is a major contributor to the various agencies under the United Nations umbrella, with about half of the total development aid budget channelled through multinational organisation. While travelling in Northern Region, Ambassador Hege Hertzberg took the opportunity to see for herself some the UN activities on the ground.

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The NORWAY-GHANA BUSINESS FORUM met, on the 5th of November at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, to discuss the conditions for doing business in Ghana.

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