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The ambassador on official visit to South Australia

Earlier this week, Ambassador Kløvstad conducted her first official visit to the state of South Australia. The two-day visit was an excellent opportunity to meet with Government Minister’s, research institutions & universities, as well as state departments to learn more of the key priorities and industries of SA and opportunities for possible future engagement and collaboration.

The Ambassador and Honorary Consul for South Australia, Mr Petter Carlmark were delighted to host a reception for the Norwegian Community in Adelaide, which highlighted the significance of the ongoing people-to-people relations between our two countries.

As part of the visit, the Ambassador met with the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and Mrs Lan Le, as well as Government Ministers including the Minister for Correctional Services, the Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Zoe Bettison MP.

Sharing borders with every other state In Australia, South Australia has a  unique history and is known for its vibrant cultural and arts scene, innovative defence, health, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors and arguably Australia’s finest wine. South Australia is placing considerable attention to developing synergies between Industry, government, and research institutes in the defence and health sectors. Several Norwegian companies, both in defence industry and the health sector, already have engagement in South Australia.

On her visit, the Ambassador, along with a delegation from the Norwegian company IMATIS, SA Health, and the department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, were given a tour of the site of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital. Projected to open later this year, it will be one of the most innovative hospitals in the country and the first in Australia under a PPP contract delivering a fully integrated ICT system. IMATIS have in part developed and integrated the hospital wide ICT system, which will revolutionize the patient – career dynamic.

South Australia has a vibrant knowledge, research and academic sector which was truly demonstrated through the visits to the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Aquatic Science Centre. There are already numerous ties to these institutions with Norwegian students and researchers, and during the visit future opportunities for enhanced cooperation was discussed.  

The Embassy thanks the protocol in South Australia for organising an excellent visit and looks forward to a strong continued engagement with South Australia.

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