The next business forum meeting will be held at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on the 19th of April. ‘Human resource training and capacity building for the oil and gas sector towards 2020’ is the main theme

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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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The Norwegian embassy, together with the European Union in Ghana and the Embassy of France, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), have announced the winners of the drawing competition launched in September as part of the build-up to CoP 21 in Paris.

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Golden Tilapia Farmers (GTF) in Asesewa is gradually expanding. According to one of the directors, Mr Vegard Moltubakk, the company with Norwegian majority shareholders have been able to source skilled labour, as well as most of the supplies, on the local market.

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The Norwegian ambassador addressed the Tiyaniyya Muslim Council National Delegate Conference and Launch Maulid Celebration held on Saturday 10th October in the Mosque of the Chief Imam of Eastern Region in Koforidua.

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