When I presented my credentials to President Duterte, we talked about the two most important aspects of our bilateral relationship. First, Norway has been engaged in peace and reconciliation efforts in the Philippines for many years. Second, Norway and the Philippines have almost 100 years of maritime cooperation. Since 2018 Norway and the Philippines have a free trade agreement, and this will be a big boost to our bilateral trade. As Norway’s ambassador to the Philippines I look forward to strengthening our bilateral relations even further, with the help of our fantastic staff at the Norwegian Embassy in Manila.
Bjørn Staurset Jahnsen
Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines