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Crown Prince Haakon to visit Kenya and Mozambique


Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

The Norwegian Royal Court could this week announce that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will visit Kenya and Mozambique in February of next year. The Crown Prince is preparing to visit Kenya and Mozambique from 10 to 13 February 2020. Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein and Minister of Digitisation Nikolai Astrup will accompany the Crown Prince on his journey.

The visit will help to strengthen bilateral relations and business cooperation between Norway and the two African nations.

The Crown Prince is set to arrive in Kenya on 10 February. Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa and a natural gateway for Norwegian business with an interest in the region. A Norwegian business delegation will be an important part of the programme in Kenya, where Digitisation Minister Astrup will participate.

Crown Prince Haakon will meet President Kenyatta, who participates in Prime Minister Solberg’s ocean panel. Cooperation in the environment, marine management and multilateral issues are other key themes for the visit. The Crown Prince will also visit the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The visit is the first-ever official royal visit from Norway to Kenya.

On 12 February, the Crown Prince will arrive in Mozambique. Mozambique and Norway have cooperated for a number of years, not least in areas such as energy, fisheries and the sea, good governance and support for civil society. The partnership with Mozambique includes development, political dialogue and business cooperation. The Crown Prince visited Mozambique previously in 2002.

Crown Prince Haakon will meet President Nyusi, various representatives of the authorities and key partners for Norway in energy cooperation, civil society, gender equality and the UN family. Electrification is central to bilateral cooperation, and the Crown Prince will be present as the village electrification network is expanded. Mozambique has some of the world’s largest natural gas resources, and Norway has for a long time worked with Mozambique to build a good management regime for gas and oil. This collaboration will also be on the programme during the visit, along with climate and ocean issues.

Royal Central will report on the Crown Prince’s African tour in February next year.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.