Norwegian Crown Prince to Visit Indonesia

By webadmin on 05:46 pm Nov 24, 2012
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Erwida Maulia

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus is slated to arrive in Jakarta on Sunday for a four-day Indonesian visit expected to include discussions on business and environmental matters.

Magnus will be accompanied by his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, along with several Norwegian ministers and business people, according to a press statement issued by the presidential office in Jakarta on Saturday.

He is scheduled to meet with Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to confer about enhancing partnerships in the environmental, energy, trade and investment sectors, or “priority sectors.”

“They will discuss in the meeting regional and global issues that are both of their concerns,” Indonesian presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said in the statement.

“Norway is one of Indonesia’s main partners in Europe, including in the development of [Indonesia's] forestry and environmental sectors,” he added.

The Scandinavian country pledged a $1 billion assistance package to help protect Indonesian forests in 2010, on the condition that there is a verifiable reduction in deforestation.

The same year, the Indonesian government placed a two-year moratorium on deforestation in response to this pledge, and recently said it was planning to extend the term, due to end on Dec. 31, until 2014, but the plan has met resistance from some lawmakers.

Magnus will also hold a meeting with the secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Surin Pitsuwan, as well as officiate a business forum based around the theme of “Indonesia-Norway: Strategic Partnership in Business.” It is being organized by Innovation Norway.

The Crown Prince will then fly to Yogyakarta to meet Sultan Hamengkubowo X and deliver a lecture at Gadjah Mada University called “Nurturing Tolerance and the Need for Dialogue.”

A press statement from the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta said Magnus was bringing along with him Norway’s Environmental Minister Bard Vegar Solhjell, its Trade and Industry Minister Trond Giske as well as the deputy ministers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

“Indonesia is playing an important role in the G20, a key country in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as an important partner in global processes. This makes Indonesia an important cooperation partner for Norway,” the statement says.

“Indonesia and Norway cooperate in a number of areas, and this visit will reinforce existing partnerships as well as establish new contacts. The choice of sector events is based upon both Norwegian competence and Indonesia’s demand. This will create interesting opportunities for Norwegian and Indonesian industry.”

Magnus is expected to leave Indonesia on Nov. 29.