The four ministers, Jonas Gahr Store, Trond Giske, Ola Borten Moe and Lisbeth Berg-Hansen participated in the meeting.
The program was opened with Capoeira show of a Norwegian group and the ministers took the stage.
– It is important for us to work closely with a major player such as Brazil. We now have an opportunity to develop relationship with Brazil in the direction of a partnership. The strategy will be an important instrument for the government in this effort, “said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.
Environment and Development Minister Erik Solheim noted that Norway and Brazil are working closely together on environment and climate. Brazil is one of the countries in the world contributing most to counter climate change efforts. I look forward to taking rainforest cooperation a step further.
– Brazil provides great opportunities for the Norwegian industry. The strategy plan shows how the government will work to support the Norwegian business in Brazil, “said Trade and Industry Minister Trond Giske, who proposed to establish a bilateral trade commission between two countries.
Moreover, Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe pointed out Norway and Brazil are both major energy nations and they have had a good dialogue on petroleum issues in time. Moe suggested that Norwegian petroleum industry with its technology, expertise and experience from the Norwegian continental shelf is well positioned for further growth in Brazil.
– Brazil is an important market for Norwegian seafood industry. Now we take one step further by entering into cooperation in the sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture. Next week, a Norwegian delegation travels to Brazil to concretize further cooperation with representatives of the Brazilian authorities, “said the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.
Brazil is a major player in international politics and economics. With its 203 million inhabitants, Brazil has the world's seventh largest economy. The country has also become a very important partner for Norway, for Norwegian industry and Norwegian investment.
Minister Solheim visits Brazil next week to present the strategy for his Brazilian counterpart. Giske had visited the country in February with a delegation from different industries.