Last week Ambassador Kløvstad conducted her two day official visit to the State of New South Wales. While the Ambassador has no doubt visited the State on many occasions since her arrival into Australia, this visit served as an excellent opportunity to meet with NSW officials to discuss Australian- Norwegian relations in depth and learn more on the State’s recent developments, strategic plans and Indigenous history.
Ambassador Kløvstad was also accompanied by the newly appointed Norwegian Honorary Consul-General for NSW, Mr Rob Lord.
The State of NSW remains a very aspect of Australian-Norwegian relations, not only is Sydney a key destination for Norwegian students to study and for tourists to visit, it is a key city to conduct business within Australia and the wider region. Sydney is home to a community of Norwegian ex-patriots, often in the maritime sector working for large companies such as Wilh. Wilhelmsen.
As part of the visit, Ambassador Kløvstad met with the Governor of NSW, His Excellency the General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon. Thomas F Bathurst AC QC, and parliamentarians including the President of the Legislative Council, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Hon Shelly Hancock MP, and the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP.
Of particular interest to the Ambassador was the State’s recent research & innovation developments within the energy, resources, and IT sectors; through exciting institutions such as Sydney’s innovation hub NICTA and the University of Newcastle. The Ambassador was thrilled to talk about some of the pioneering Norwegian companies in NSW such as Q Free with their intelligent traffic monitoring & routing systems installed on a number of Sydney roads.
The Ambassador was also delighted to pay a visit to the Australian Museum, Australia’s oldest museum. The museum has one of the world’s largest collections of indigenous artefacts, and continues to amaze visitors with the vast collections of flora, fauna and cultures of Australia and the Pacific. Ambassador Kløvstad was met by the Director, Ms Kim Mckay, as well as the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Ms Robynne Quiggin, and treated to a behind the scenes tour through the Australian Indigenous collection by Mr Phil Gordon and through the Pacific collection by Ms Yvonne Carillo.
As well as the Australian Museum, the Ambassador visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) to meet with the Director, Ms Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, and the Sydney based Lowy Institute for International Policy to meet with Dr Merriden Varrall and Mr Aaron Connelly for an informative discussion on strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific region.