Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has started in his visit to the African nation of Mozambique. On arrival on Tuesday evening, the Crown Prince was welcomed by the nation’s prime minister, who escorted the royal guest on his visit to the capital. It was followed by a busy day of events on Wednesday.
The sea was at the centre of the royal agenda when Crown Prince Haakon visited the Costa do Sol primary school outside Maputo on Wednesday morning. This was the first event of the day. The school is located not far from the Praia dos Pescadores beach and participates in a Norwegian-supported project focusing on sustainable seas. Children at the school showed Crown Prince Haakon what they had made from plastic found on the beach. Down on the beach, the Crown Prince heard more about how climate change is affecting Mozambique.
This climate change vulnerability and measures to create a more robust Mozambique in response to climate change were also the theme of the lunch held at the Norwegian Ambassador’s residence in the capital of Maputo. Following the lunch Crown Prince Haakon travelled to a meeting with His Excellency President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.
Following initial talks, the two signed a new agreement for the Oil for Development program. Mozambique has large natural resources and is facing a major expansion of liquefied gas plants. Norway has provided Mozambique with technological solutions in the petroleum sector for more than 30 years. The agreement that was signed on Wednesday continues the cooperation.
From 12 to 14 February, the start of a major collaborative project between six Mozambican and four Norwegian organizations will take place. The project is called “Together for inclusion, Mozambique” and Crown Prince Haakon was present during the opening following his meeting with the president.
Crown Prince Haakon also visited the TV channel TV-Surdo that promotes disabled people’s rights and focuses on issues such as health, nutrition and HIV. The channel is one of three Norwegian-supported organizations working together to educate journalists and develop journalism based on the inclusion of vulnerable groups. The day was concluded when Crown Prince Haakon was a guest at President Nyusi’s official dinner in the President’s Palace. Thursday promises another hectic program of business cooperation as well as seminars covering the role of women in peace work and field visits focused on energy.
A Norwegian business delegation are following His Royal Highness. In addition, Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein and Minister of Digitisation Linda Hofstad Helleland are travelling along the Crown Prince on his journey to Mozambique. Mozambique and Norway have worked together for a number of years 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.
The Norwegian Royal Court announced in December that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon would visit Kenya and Mozambique in February of 2020. Last week, a new statement from the royal court stated that the visit to Kenya had been cancelled. The Kenyan authorities cancelled all official programs and declared national mourning after former President Daniel arap Moi death’s on 4 February 2020.