Press Release

International Trade Administration and Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries Launch Comprehensive Dialogue for Commerce and Sustainability

Friday, November 17, 2023
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WASHINGTON - Today, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago and State Secretary Tore Onshuus Sandvik of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the U.S.-Norway Comprehensive Dialogue for Commerce and Sustainability. The new bilateral dialogue aims to facilitate increased engagement between the International Trade Administration and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries to deepen trade and investment cooperation in industries supporting our countries’ green transitions. 

Specifically, the U.S.-Norway Comprehensive Dialogue for Commerce and Sustainability focuses on offshore wind, advanced batteries, critical minerals, clean hydrogen, carbon management, and the maritime industry. Additionally, the dialogue will provide an opportunity to facilitate cooperation in other areas of mutual interest and create a channel for important discussions on other related topics. 

“As we pursue a more sustainable future, collaboration between governments is critical to ensuring that our efforts are coordinated and have lasting impact,” said Under Secretary Lago. “In launching this new dialogue, the United States and Norway are signaling our commitment to creating economic opportunities that will position both of our countries as leaders in the 21st century global economy.” 

“Norway and the United States share the ambition of working towards reducing emissions and accelerating the green transition. Through this strengthened dialogue we will identify and address trade barriers and showcase business opportunities in our two countries, with a specific focus on sectors that are critical in the development of a low emission economy,” said State Secretary Tore O. Sandvik. “We have a greater chance of succeeding in the green transition when we join forces with our friends and trading partners. I therefore look forward to developing this strengthened collaboration with the United States”.


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