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High North mineral mining in focus. Nordic Trade and Industry Ministers and other notable people are meeting to discuss industrial development and mining north of the Arctic Circle. Delegates at the two-day conference starting tomorrow, “The High North – Top Mining Region of the World”, will focus on how the Nordic region can become the world’s leading mineral region. Discussions will comprise knowledge development, geological conditions, technology, the environment, and frameworks for mineral extraction-related investment.

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High North mineral mining in focus

Published on Tuesday, 13th November, 2012 at 10:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th November 2012 at 10:27.

Nordic Trade and Industry Ministers and other notable people are meeting to discuss industrial development and mining north of the Arctic Circle.

Trond Giske, Trade and Industry Minister
Minister 'my name is Trond, planes Trond' Giske, pictured at Svalbard's Ny-Ålesund here, will be talking mining instead of SASTrond Giske, Trade and Industry Minister
Photo: Øystein Solvang/NHD


Delegates at the two-day conference starting tomorrow, “The High North – Top Mining Region of the World”, will focus on how the Nordic region can become the world’s leading mineral region.

Discussions will comprise knowledge development, geological conditions, technology, the environment, and frameworks for mineral extraction-related investment.

Norway’s government says the High North will be the country’s most important strategic area forward.

The seas north of Norway’s mainland contain considerable renewable fisheries resources and fossil fuels, according to officials.

Further cooperation with Russia and other northern partners is also on the government’s agenda. Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the initiative.

Current High North policies, which have developed since the Cold War, are environmental protection, business development promotion, and maintaining settlement patterns.

Stressing the mistrust prevalent in Norway-Russia relations of the Cold War years have “been replaced to a great extent by normal, good neighbourly relations,” the then Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stated these are now “one of the mainstays of Norway’s High North policy.”

“In the course of two decades, the nature of these relations has changed from one of confrontation, as was the case during the Cold War, to one of greater confidence, a wider range of contacts and closer cooperation,” he declared in last year’s whitepaper.

Since signing 2011's joint Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean Maritime Line of Delimitation ratification with Russia, Norway's High North activities have included allocating NOK 105 million to keep abreast of Russian High North activities.

Norway has also increased it Barents Sea seismic surveys.

In a separate move, Russia announced it was to up its Arctic troop numbers as part of a “clean-up campaign”.

The BBC reported Vladimir Putin said last year he believed it would benefit the region ecologically, amongst other things.

Some of the delegates at the 14-15 November High North mining conference at Oslo's Voksenåsen conference hotel are ministers of Enterprise Trond Giske from Norway, Annie Löof from Sweden and Jyri Häkämies from Finland.

Governors from Russia’s northern provinces, Finnish chief mining inspector Riikka Aaltonen, and several Nordic Countries industry leaders are also included amongst the attendees.



Published on Tuesday, 13th November, 2012 at 10:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th November 2012 at 10:27.

This post has the following tags: norwayhighnorth, norway-russiarelations, highnorthmining.





  
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