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Editorial A new government - and then what?

We have had a change of government. We now have a prime minister who repeatedly has criticized Norwegian industrial involvement in dictatorship states and a minister of development cooperation who wants the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to emphasize poverty rather than industry. We have a minister of petroleum and energy who wants to slow down the recovery of oil in the North Sea, who is against the building of gas-fired power stations, critical to INTSOK (program for cooperation between the Norwegian government and the oil industry regarding foreign investments), and who, while in opposition, criticized Statoil's operations in Nigeria.
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We have had a change of government. We now have a prime minister who repeatedly has criticized Norwegian industrial involvement in dictatorship states and a minister of development cooperation who wants the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to emphasize poverty rather than industry. We have a minister of petroleum and energy who wants to slow down the recovery of oil in the North Sea, who is against the building of gas-fired power stations, critical to INTSOK (program for cooperation between the Norwegian government and the oil industry regarding foreign investments), and who, while in opposition, criticized Statoil's operations in Nigeria.

At the same time we have a minister of trade and industry from the Liberal Party, which does not at all favor political control of trade and industry. And the first thing the new government did was performing an official visit to China along with the Norwegian King and Queen. Mainly to tell Jiang Zemin how excellent Norwegian companies are, but still with a clear message concerning the human rights situation in the country (censored by Chinese newspapers).

The coming months will tell us much about the nature of politics. The government is against gas-fired power-stations. Will it do something about it? Will it do something about Norwegian industrial involvement in dictatorship states. It will be interesting to see how Marit Arnstad will handle the fact that her ministry will have to deal with Statoil Nigeria Ltd.

Norwatch Newsletter 14/97

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