CNN Philippines : Marcos, Norwegian envoy discuss renewable energy, Bangsamoro peace process

15 June 2022

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — Norway joins the list of countries whose ambassadors have paid a courtesy visit to Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., with its envoy tackling renewable energy and the Bangsamoro peace process with the president-elect.

"So, the main topic of our conversation was climate change and renewable energy. Norway has taken investments in the Philippines in renewable energy, and more companies and more investments will come in the coming years," Norwegian ambassador Bjorn Jahnsen told reporters after meeting with Marcos on Wednesday.

Oslo plans to "increase its imprint on renewable energy" in Manila according to Jahnsen, which they can do by tapping energy sources like offshore winds.

"Offshore wind is basically, the best wind resources in the Philippines…Norway had one of the biggest projects of this… and this is a great opportunity for the Philippines for a plentiful supply of energy," the diplomat said.

Norway will also be bringing a century-old sailing ship to the Philippines this October which has Filipino cadets among its crew. This will be part of an expedition around the world focusing on environmental issues like climate change and ocean sustainability.

Jahnsen also said he discussed peace talks with the incoming chief executive, particularly Norway's engagement in the Bangsamoro region.

"We look forward to continuing our support to bring peace to the Bangsamoro also during the next administration," said the Norwegian envoy.

More diplomats discuss agriculture, education with Marcos
Marcos also entertained the ambassadors of Finland, Hungary, and Romania in separate meetings — with their conversations commonly focusing on agriculture and education.

Finnish Ambassador Juha Markus Pyykko called his visit to Marcos a "very, very useful, constructive, fruitful meeting" where he proposed reviving bilateral talks on educational policies and digitalization.

Titanilla Toth, Hungary's envoy to the Philippines, said both countries could expand cooperation in agriculture, water technology and education.

She said Hungary can provide more scholarships for Filipinos, adding the nation is also looking forward to making available more job opportunities in the hospitality and factory sectors.

Meanwhile, Romanian Ambassador Raduta Dana Matache said agriculture, education, and energy are among the areas where both nations can further enhance cooperation.

"Everybody in the world is interested in how to expand the use of clean energies, and I believe we have agreed that there is ample room for cooperation in this area. We touched upon several other issues like the regional context in the Philippines and Romania," said Matache.

Marcos will formally begin his presidency on June 30.