Arctic still Norway’s most important foreign political target area
Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner (right) and Member of Parliament Frank Bakke-Jensen (left) visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat on Tuesday.(Photo: Trude Pettersen)
Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner believes Norway has both great opportunities and a great responsibility in the north and wants to make northern Norway into the country’s most sustainable and creative regions.
“The High North is still the most important target area for Norwegian foreign policy – we have enormous possibilities here when it comes to natural resources, human resources and cooperation across borders”, Sanner said at the annual Kirkenes Conference, which opened in the Norwegian border town on Tuesday.
More than 300 persons had gathered to listen to the minister’s opening speech of the popular conference.
“The government wants to contribute to the creation of more business and more value in the north. The range of resources in this part of the world is huge, from oil, gas and minerals to tourism and reindeer husbandry. We want to create the best possible framework conditions for the use of resources and ideas. “
“Ambitions are only effective when they are met with the will to implement them, our ambition is to make northern Norway the most sustainable and creative regions”, Sanner said in his speech and mentioned innovation, research, infrastructure and transport as some of the target areas for fulfilling the government’s ambitions.
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