Mr Haakon Svane from the Norwegian Embassy in Accra is deployed to Tamale and Bolgatonga as part of the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM). In response to an invitation by the Ghanaian authorities, the European Union has deployed an EOM to Ghana to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections which are scheduled for 7 December.

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The Norwegian Embassy in Accra was this week given the opportunity to visit the sites of two of the projects Norway has financed in Timbuktu, Mali. This was the first time since the crisis in 2012 that the Embassy has been able to travel to the northern part of the country.

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HE the Ambassador of Norway, Ms Hege Hertzberg, repeats her mantra to the journal Ghana Business & Finance this wek: It is crucial for Ghana’s future development that the major political parties can reach consensus on the key operating conditions for investors in the petroleum sector.

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The Hydro Power Plant Mount Coffee was destroyed during the Liberian civil war. It is now being rebuilt with funding from Norway and other donors. In December this year the first turbine will be ready to provide electricity to the capital Monrovia.

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The official launch of Women’s situation room (WSR) took place at The Accra International Conference Centre on the 17th of November 2016. Norway has contributed NOK 4 million to the project.

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A well-attended Norway-Ghana Business Forum discussed Ghana's business climate. In particular the discussion was centred around access to stable energy supply, the utility costs, access to and cost of credit and the conditions for developing the extractive industries.

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Members of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament visited Bamako yesterday. The purpose of the visit was to be updated on the Norwegian contribution to the MINUSMA forces.

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The National Museum of Art in Oslo is opening a new exhibition today. The exhibition NORSK NATUR features the project Aurora Ekvatorialis, a collaboration between the Ghanaian poet Kwame Aidoo and artist Toril Johannessen.

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Preparations are underway to open a Norwegian embassy in Mali. According to the plans, the embassy will open during 2017 and will also cover Burkina Faso.

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