Visit to Jammu and Kashmir

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Ambassador Kamsvåg visiting a village school near Srinagar

Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg visited Jammu and Kashmir last week, in order to better understand the economic and political situation in a state with strong potential in tourism and energy.

Ambassador Kamsvåg regularly tries to visit all the states of India, in order to better understand the economic and political situation. It having passed over three years since the last visit from the Embassy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ambassador went on a trip to Srinagar last week. 

The 4-day trip included meetings with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor Narinder Nath Vohra, Minister of Finance Haseed Drabu and Commisioner Secretary of Health Dr. Pawan Kotwal and a number of key politicians, journalists and academics. CM Mufti noted the similarities between Norway and her state in terms of landscape and natural resources, and expressed interest in technical cooperation with Norway in areas such as fish farming and waste management. Governor Vohra has long experience from cooperation with Norway and discussed Indo-Norwegian cooperation in the health sector. And Minister Drabu presented the case for a strengthened Norwegian presence in the hydropower sector, where Norwegian companies have been involved earlier. 

Of particular interest was the Ambassador’s visit to two very different schools. One was the modern and well-equipped Delhi Public School, in which the Ambassador talked to an engaged and well-prepared audience of youngsters wishing to know more about life in Norway. Aspiring female athletes told the Ambassador about their impressive achievements and ambitions, and also introduced him to a peculiar sport known as “snow rugby” – a sport unknown in snowy Norway! The other school was a small primary school on the outskirts of Sonmarg, run by volunteers that significantly contribute to the education sector in rural areas. 

Ambassador Kamsvåg also had the opportunity to visit the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, in addition to the Mughal Garden and other impressive touristic sights.

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