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Prime Minister Erna Solberg visits Sri Lanka



Prime Minister Erna Solberg met President Maithripala Sirisena in  Colombo on 12 August 2016 during her two day visit to Sri Lanka.


The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Erna Solberg, commenced a two-day official visit on 12 August 2016. This official visit takes place in her dual capacity as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway as well as co-chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocacy Group, an appointment made by the UN Secretary- General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. 

Prime Minister Solberg had bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena on 12 August and she also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan.

The official visit of the Norwegian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka reflects the renewed commitment of Sri Lanka and Norway to revitalize a relationship spanning over 65 years. The Prime Minister’s visit follows on the initiatives of Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Norway’s State Secretary Tore Hattrem during their visits to Sri Lanka in January and May-June 2016 respectively, and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s visit to Oslo in June 2016.

The discussions held on 12 August focused on strengthening ties between the two countries in all spheres, especially economic and technical cooperation.  Norway has agreed to assist Sri Lanka develop its fisheries sector to increase productivity and sustainability.   Ways to further advance the bilateral economic agenda by diversifying areas of cooperation in tourism, aquaculture, renewable energy and education were also discussed.  The Norwegian Pension Fund (Sovereign Wealth Fund), which has already invested US$31million in different sectors in Sri Lanka, was invited to further invest in emerging new avenues.

Prime Minister Solberg commended the progress made by Sri Lanka in advancing political and economic reforms and advancing reconciliation since January 2015, including the successful passage of the Office on Missing Persons Bill.

President Sirisena, while apprising Prime Minister Solberg of developments in Sri Lanka since January 2015, thanked Norway for being a longstanding and steady development cooperation partner through NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) since 1977. President Sirisena congratulated the Norwegian Premier on her appointment as co-chair of the Advocacy Group on the SDGs. The two leaders discussed cooperation in multilateral fora and ways to move forward the SDGs agenda.  

In the evening of 12 August, Prime Minister Solberg delivered the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2016 on the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Working together for our Common Good’.

This morning (13 August), she visited the Mirissa Fishery Harbour, and then proceeded to visit the Galle Fort.

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The Embassy and the Tourism Promotion Bureau organized and coordinated Sri Lanka’s participation at the premier Nordic Tourism Fair - ‘Reiselivsmessen 2018’held from 12-14th January 2018.

NKAR Travels, Araliya Green Hills, Union Resort, Sunway Holiday from Sri Lanka participated and represented the Sri Lanka Travel Trade.

The attractive Sri Lanka pavilion drew a large number of visitors, all of whom were served with a cup of ‘Ceylon Tea’.

Tourist arrival from Norway have been appreciably increasing during the last few years. The participation at ‘Reiselvsmessen 2018’ is expected to give a further boost to Sri Lanka Tourism in Norway and the Nordic region.

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The Embassy held a very successful Tourism Promotion event on 22nd of November 2017 at the Mission in Oslo. Leading Travel Agents, Travel Operators, renowned Travel Writers and Travel Journalists, Representatives of major Airlines servicing Sri Lanka and Representation of Travel and Tourism Fair Organizers were invited. After the Presentations highlighting the attractions in Sri Lanka as a worthy destination for Norwegian and Nordic Tourists the Ambassador hosted the invitees to a traditional Sri Lanka dinner.

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Palipane spoke of the importance of the growth of the Tourist Industry, friendly welcome that awaits tourists and the variety of attractions Sri Lanka offers. The Ambassador mentioned of his drive and efforts to see a steady increase of Norwegian tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ajith Benjamin and Mr. Dilshan Sirisena of Butterfly Vacations made a detailed presentation of the attractions, manner of serving the needs of the tourists and foreign Tour Operators and the easy way of booking a good tour to Sri Lanka.

Mr. Kenneth Cai of BeCuriou, a leading Tour Operator in Oslo and Mr. Terje Mykelbost, a well known Norwegian Travel Writer and Editor were invited to share their experiences in Sri Lanka.

The guests enjoyed a traditional Sri Lankan homemade dinner that was served after the Presentations and discussion.

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