ASEAN on the agenda

On 8-9 November Ambassador Anita Nergaard hosted representatives from Norwegian embassies to ASEAN countries, including Norway’s first separately designated ambassador to ASEAN, Mr Morten Høglund, in Singapore.

The discussions focused on Norway’s sectoral dialogue partnership with ASEAN and how to further deepen the cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The group met with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the priorities for their ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, and got a briefing from Ms Moe Thuzar from the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS, NUS, on socio-cultural issues.

Norway became a sectorial dialogue partner with ASEAN in August 2015. Norway values the partnership with ASEAN, which provides a platform for dialogue and cooperation, and enhances the opportunities for Norwegian companies in Southeast Asian markets.