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Norwegian minister plans to attend Norwegian Day

2010. 9 January

( Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Trond Giske said here on Friday that he plans to visit Shanghai again in May to take part in the Norwegian Day activities at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.

    "EXPO 2010 is an important event for China and the rest of the World. I am confident that EXPO 2010 will be a great success for China," Giske said in a written interview with Xinhua.

    He said he sees the Norwegian participation at the six-month-long event, which begins on May 1 and ends on Oct. 31 in Shanghai, as one of the priorities of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2010. "This is also why EXPO represents an extensive part of my program during my visit to China in a few days," the minister added.

    Giske was scheduled to arrive in Shanghai on Jan. 11 for a five-day visit to China, during which he was expected to meet with Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and join the five Nordic ambassadors to China in a seminar organized to promote Nordic participation in the Shanghai World Expo.

    "I will also be going to Shanghai in May and be at the Norwegian pavilion for the Norwegian Day at EXPO (2010)," the Norwegian minister said.

    "In addition to the promotion already mentioned, we have a variety of pre-EXPO activities going on in China, and not only in Shanghai," he said. In Norway, he added, two pre-EXPO seminars will also be organized to create further awareness about Norway's participation at EXPO 2010.

    With a 3,000-square-meter Norway pavilion designed with the theme "Norway, Powered by Nature" and supported by 15 huge model pine trees, Norway hopes to display its breath-taking landscape and its experiences in use of resources and environmentally friendly energy.

    The Norwegian Day falls on May 28, according to the official website of the EXPO 2010.

    Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, when interviewed by a group of Chinese reporters last November, described the EXPO 2010 as "an opportunity for Norway to show to the rest of the world the excellence and advances of Norwegian industry and companies."