Scotland and Norway can work together to play a major role in tackling climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP told Norwegian business leaders during a visit last week.
Addressing the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference in Oslo, the First Minister highlighted offshore wind and carbon capture and storage as sectors where the two countries are at the forefront of developing new technologies. The visit also included a meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The First Minister said:
“Scotland and Norway are natural partners. We don’t simply share ties of history and geography but also common values and interests. That will remain true regardless of Brexit and Scotland’s future constitutional position. We are determined to work with the Norwegian Government and Norwegian businesses to strengthen our existing relationships.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“Norway is Scotland’s sixth largest trading partner. Scottish firms exported more than £1 billion in goods and services in 2017.
“More than 100 Norwegian companies are established in Scotland, employing 5,870 people.
“In addition, with its 5.3 million population compared to Scotland’s 5.4 million and similar natural resources, Norway is a prime example of how to sensibly run an independent country.
“We can learn a lot from each other and I am delighted that the First Minister is working to strengthen these ties.”
The First Minister's Speech can be viewed here.