Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg recently made an official visit to China. We follow her programme.
Prime Minister Solberg was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland, and a delegation of representatives from the Norwegian private sector. ‘The Chinese market offers significant opportunities for the Norwegian private sector, and Norwegian business and industry has a lot to offer in areas where it is at the forefront internationally,” said Ms Solberg. Below is the complete schedule for the visit
Friday, 7 April 2017 (Beijing)
• High-level breakfast and roundtable with Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), China Enterprise Confederation (CEC) and businesses. Signing of MoU on co-operation between NHO and CEC • Opening Ceremony, Norway– China Business Summit– “Creating sustainable solutions for a better future” • Meeting with Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group • Visit to Beijing Drainage Group (BDG) at XiaoHongMen, where Cambi has installed its thermal hydrolysis technology • Official Norwegian lunch hosted by Ambassador Svein O. Sæther in connection with the Business Summit • • Official programme at the Great Hall of the People. Meeting with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress followed by official welcoming ceremony and meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang • Prime Minister Solberg and Premier Li witnesses the signing of six agreements at government level between Norway and China, on the resumption of free trade negotiations, a Norway-China Mixed Commission for Economy and Trade, technical and financial cooperation, and on sport, research, and health. • Official welcoming banquet hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
Saturday, 8 April 2017 (Shanghai)
Prime Minister Erna Solberg visits Fudan University - School of Management and opens “Norway Day” at the university • The Prime Minister visits DNV GL Chinese headquarters and witnesses the signing of co-operation agreements • Meeting with Mayor of Shanghai, Ying Yong followed by an official lunch hosted by the Mayor • Norway-China Business Forum. The Prime Minister delivers her opening remarks. Later the same evening she participates in the closing reception of the forum • Visit to Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), a think tank for international issues, opening remarks at Arctic seminar organised by SIIS and Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) ”The China–Norway Dialogue on The Changing Arctic and International Cooperation” • Visit to Meilong Middle School, one of the 14,000 schools participating in President Xi Jinpings Chinese football reform programme. Meeting with girl soccer team and Norwegian soccer player Isabell Herlovsen. • Promotion of Norwegian seafood at one of Greenland Group’s newest supermarkets
Sunday, 9 April 2017 (Hangzhou)
• Meeting with Governor of Zhejiang Province, Chen Jun followed by an official lunch hosted by the Governor • Visit to Alibaba/Jack Ma Foundation in Hangzhou
Monday, 10 April 2017 (Beijing)
• Visit to Peking University, lecture on “Sustainable Development – making Globalisation Work for people and Planet” • The Prime Minister and her delegation visits the Great Wall • Official programme at the Great Hall of the People and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping . End of Official Visit
Prime Minister Erna Solberg made an official visit to China in April 2017. The main purpose of the visit was to meet the Chinese leadership and re-establish political and economic cooperation.