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George Soros visits Norway. Financier and philanthropist George Soros attended, Tuesday, an ownership convention about natural resources in Norway. Under the conference organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the 80-year old Hungarian- born businessman met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, Environment and International Development Minister Erik Solheim, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store. He also visited HRH Crown Prince Haakon. According to Mr Soros, discussions were of a general nature, but “cooperation between Norway and my organisation Revenue Watch Institute was one of the main themes,” he told Dagens Næringsliv.

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George Soros visits Norway

Published on Wednesday, 15th June, 2011 at 13:06 under the news category, by John Price   .

Financier and philanthropist George Soros attended, Tuesday, an ownership convention about natural resources in Norway.

George Soros WEF 2011 (illus. ph.)
George Soros WEF 2011 (illus. ph.)
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Under the conference organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the 80-year old Hungarian- born businessman met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, Environment and International Development Minister Erik Solheim, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store. He also visited HRH Crown Prince Haakon.

According to Mr Soros, discussions were of a general nature, but “cooperation between Norway and my organisation Revenue Watch Institute was one of the main themes,” he told Dagens Næringsliv.

Aimed at offering management of revenues from developing countries’ natural resources in an open and accountable way, collaboration has been ongoing since 2006.

“We cooperate with Mr Soros in many ways, especially when it comes to transparency surrounding incomes from commodities. In many countries, the money is stolen from the poor and goes towards financing corruption,” said Minister Solheim afterwards.

The almost complete inability of these countries to translate, for example, oil-based income has made poverty reduction and improvement of living standards generally difficult.

Mr Soros himself has lived in unreasonable conditions. Born Jewish, and living as a teenager in a pro-Nazi environment during WWII, he survived the Battle of Budapest. After the War, he immigrated to the UK, with a Forbes-rated value of approximately USD 14.5.

According to his official website, he is “one of history’s most successful financiers” and currently owns The Open Society Foundation, an organisation active across more than 70 countries worldwide. He now resides in the United States.

“Mr Soros has a strong personal commitment,” concluded Erik Solheim.



Published on Wednesday, 15th June, 2011 at 13:06 under the news category, by John Price   .

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