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Prime Minister Erna Solberg completes successful India visit

The successful visit to India by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg highlighted the Indo-Norwegian partnership and emphasized the strong bond between the two countries. During her stay here in India, Solberg had a varied programme that included a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Solberg also officially opened the new, green Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi and visited UNICEF India initiative in Nithora.

During the delegation level talks between Indian PM Narendra Modi and PM Erna Solberg, the discussion was centered around the bolstering relations in trade and investment, blue economy, oceans and marine resources, climate change, SDG’s and renewable energy.

The prime ministers agreed to cooperate more closely on sustainable ocean management. An Ocean Dialogue and a Joint Task Force on Blue Economy was established with the signing of an MoU during the visit.

Ms. Solberg also led a 140-member strong business delegation from Norway, the second largest ever. She opened a business seminar organized by Innovation Norway and 15 successful agreements between Norwegian and Indian companies were signed during her visit.  

The opening of the new green embassy started with a grand performance by the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. The event also showcased projects representing Norway-India collaboration over the last 60 years. Partners such as Norway India Partnership Initiative – NIPI, UN Women India and The Energy and Resources (TERI). Children’s movements and research institutes such as the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the Norwegian Polar Institute and Research Council of Norway were also present at the event.

Additionally, during her stay in India, Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited various initiatives in and around New Delhi. In the town of Nithora in Uttar Pradesh, Solberg got an introduction to the important work being done by UNICEF India when she visited the Nithora primary school. There, she met with students, teachers, parents and community members to learn more about the incredible work that is being done on education and sanitation by the school and community.

“We believe that the right to sanitation is an essential component of the standard of living. Sanitation and health are part of ensuring that girls are safe and they stay in school.” - Prime Minister Solberg said as she was shown proper handwashing techniques by students at the school.

She also got a demonstration of the important Home-based Newborn care done by the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). The ASHAs play a crucial role by supporting young mothers and their newborns and ensuring both remain healthy and happy. Through the Home-based Newborn Care, these ASHAs share information on topics like breastfeeding and handwashing at critical times, among others. Ms. Solberg was shown and told about some of the techniques used by ASHAs when they visit mothers and their babies.

To read the full Joint Statement during the State Visit of the Prime Minister of Norway H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg to India click here.

To watch the video of the press conference click here