US embassy cable - 06OSLO227

AMBASSADOR MEETS NORWEGIAN DEVELOPMENT STATE SECRETARY

Identifier: 06OSLO227
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO227 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-02-28 15:35:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL EAID NO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000227 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2016 
TAGS: PREL, EAID, NO 
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR MEETS NORWEGIAN DEVELOPMENT STATE 
SECRETARY 
 
 
SIPDIS 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Counselor Mike Hammer for reasons 1.4 b and d 
 
1.  (SBU) The Ambassador paid an introductory call on 
Norwegian Development Ministry State Secretary Anne 
Stenhammer on February 27.  Stenhammer elaborated on Norway's 
plans to direct foreign aid to areas where Norway has unique 
expertise: oil and energy development, peace and 
reconciliation, gender equality promotion, and environmental 
resource management. 
 
NORWAY AS ENERGY ROLE MODEL 
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2.  (C) Norway is a model country for effective and proper 
management of its petroleum resources and has plans to share 
this expertise with energy rich developing countries. 
According to Stenhammer, Norway plans to combine production 
technology, petroleum fund development, anti-corruption, and 
environmental extraction into a country specific programs. 
Stenhammer envisioned trial programs in Latin America, 
Africa, and Asia.  Bolivia and Colombia have expressed 
interest in the program.  Over the long term, Norway has an 
interest in working with China on resource management issues. 
 She expressed interest in cooperating with the USG on 
programs for resource rich developing nations.  Post would 
appreciate Washington's views on such cooperation.  NOTE: 
Norway has allocated NOK 50 million (about USD 7.5 million) 
over the next five years for an energy sector management 
assistance initiative.  A working group with MFA, Petroleum 
Ministry and Finance Ministry representatives has been formed 
to oversee the program.  END NOTE 
 
3. (SBU) Norway has already launched an oil sector management 
assistance program for Iraq.  The Development Ministry has 
allocated NOK 27 million (about USD 4 million) for a 
three-year assistance program focused on four areas: data 
collection and management, management training, strategies to 
enhance oil recovery, and developing national competence. 
The Iraq assistance program is separate from the developing 
countries assistance program Stenhammer described. 
 
CONTINUING WORK IN TROUBLE SPOTS, INTEREST IN PALESTINIAN 
AREAS 
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4.  (C) Stenhammer stated that Norway has a responsibility to 
continue working in areas where it already has a presence 
like Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.  Norway will work to 
balance foreign development and political goals and will not 
weigh in on a situation where its assistance is not wanted. 
Regarding Palestinians, Stenhammer seemed interested in 
engagement but was cautious saying that Norwegians would wait 
until the situation settles. 
 
5.  (C) COMMENT: This was our first meeting with State 
Secretary Stenhammer, who like Development Minister Solheim, 
 
SIPDIS 
is from the Socialist Left (SV) party.  Like the Minister, 
Stenhammer is interested in working with the United States 
where possible.  She was engaging and clearly outlined 
Norway's plans to assist resource rich developing countries, 
promoting rights of women, and AIDS programs. END COMMENT 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 

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