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. The AGI Business Barometer for Quarter 3 2015 recently showed increased business confidence in the economy. What is the present status of the economy? What are the challenges, and how can businesses handle them?

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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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“Working with parliamentary committees, civil society organisations and the media to enhance accountability is a key area of Norway’s cooperation with Ghana in the oil and gas sector”, HE Ms Hege Hertzberg told the stakeholders’ forum.

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A Ghana Norway Business Forum buffet dinner in Takoradi Wednesday night attracted almost 30 representatives from the Norwegian business community and their partners. Ambassador Hege Hertzberg and her team made a two days visit to WR and to Norpalm and FMC Technologies.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.

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