PRESS STATEMENT 22 November 2016 Norway and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka have signed a partnership agreement on 22 November to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North. The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities at the grass root level in the conflict affected Northern...

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    International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN); which is a platform for networking among independent, women-led civil society organisations across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Regions concluded its 5 th Annual Forum from 12-14 November in Colombo. The Forum was attended by 27 countries with more than 60 participants with long standing experience in addressing extremism a

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, during his visit to North visited the project locations in Thellipalai, Jaffna of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), some of which were Norwegian funded.

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The Norwegian Embassy is looking for a senior adviser on commercial cooperation and private sector development.

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'Job creation and economic growth are vital for combating poverty. This is why the business development and job creation have been key areas in the Government’s development policy since 2013. In the budget for 2017, the Government proposes an allocation of NOK 1.5 billion to Norfund. The Government is also giving priority to vocational training in developing countries,’ said Minister of Foreign...

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Photo: Mari Tallaksen.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was welcomed with a grand ceremony at the presidential secretariat on August 12th. The visit proceeded with good meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader before heading south where she visited Mirissa fishing harbour and Galle fort, accompanied by the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Fisheries.

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Today, Knut Nyfløt, Charge de Affairs of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Colombo handed over a "supercomputer" to Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, the Minister of Disaster Management to be used in the Disaster Risk Reduction program. The event took place at the Ministry of Disaster Management. Under the Technical Cooperation facility, the Norwegian Embassy has supported the Norwegian Geotechnical...

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Knut Nyfløt, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of Royal Norwegian Embassy, Colombo participated at the graduation ceremony of Sri Lanka College of Journalism which is an arm of Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI). SLPI was established in 2004, by three important media organizations in the country, the Free Media Movement (FMM), the Editor’s Guild of Sri Lanka and the Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka.

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Photo: Presidential Media Devision.

On 12 and 13 August, Prime Minister Erna Solberg will have meetings with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Leader of the Opposition Rajavarothiam Sampanthan from the Tamil National Alliance. Prime Minister Solberg will also hold a lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, and visit a fishing harbour in th...

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Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations in Sri Lanka, Lovita Ramguttee signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway’s support to the recently resettled communities in Jaffna and Trincomalee districts through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The support is amounting to Rs. 142 million.

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