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India: Norway ink MoU to boost blue economy by Geeta Mohan January 10,2019   |  Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/india-norway-ink-mou-to-boost-blue-economy-1426724-2019-01-09

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, and on the ways and means to further strengthen the growing bilateral partnership. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who is on a three-day visit to India, delivered the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi.

"The two sides expressed the desire to maintain high-level exchanges and enhancing cooperation through the existing mechanisms of bilateral interaction", said the India-Norway joint statement. Addressing the press after the meeting Prime Minister Modi said, "India and Norway have close and strong cooperation in the global stage. Both work closely and coordinate on key issues such as UNSC reforms, Multilateral Export Control Regime and terrorism."

The two sides signed a MoU on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue and the establishment of the Joint Task Force on 'Blue Economy' under aegis of the MoU, in order to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in various aspects of Blue Economy. Emphasising on Blue Economy, the Norwegian PM during her address at the Raisina Dialogue said, "Prime Minister Modi has presented a vision of sustainability and growth for all people in the region. One of the goals of my government's ocean

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