His Excellency, Crown Prince Haakon of the Kingdom of Norway paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Bainimarama in his office yesterday afternoon. H. E. Crown Prince Haakon was accompanied by Norway’s Minister for Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.
In a brief meeting, the two leaders discussed opportunities for strengthening Fiji’s bilateral relationship with Norway and how the two countries can work together to meet their mutual development priorities.
The government of Norway has comparative advantage in sustainable shipping and the aquaculture sector. According to Prime Minister Bainimarama, this partnership presents the possibility to redesign fleets and develop a financial package for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries to renew their domestic ferry fleets by 2030 and reduce their use of fossil fuels by up to 40%.
“I am also looking forward to partnerships on aquaculture that will not only feed our people into the future but will also help us support critical marine ecosystems that will be challenged by climate change and may require replenishment of key species if the ecosystem is to be sustained.” PM Bainimarama said.
Prime Minister Bainimarama as Chair of the Pacific Small Island Development States (PSIDS) also reiterated the need to work with partners like Norway in developing and expanding support on the sustainable blue economy goals. This level of support will assist PSIDS members in accessing financial support and improve coordination between credible think tanks and policy institutes.
Crown Prince Haakon welcomed suggestions by the Prime Minister and agreed that sustainable development, Oceans, and Climate Change issues are common challenges faced by Small Island development States. The Crown Prince will focus on countries’ efforts to adapt to these growing challenges and the work to ensure sustainable oceans and resilient communities.
Crown Prince Haakon will be visiting a Fijian village today before leaving Nadi on the 10th of April on his way to Samoa.