The heir to the Norwegian throne will inspect parts of Tonga affected by climate change tomorrow.
Crown Prince Haakon Magnus will visit the Western District after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika.
The Prince flew into Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon on his first official visit to Tonga.
His visit to Tonga is the start of a tour of three Pacific nations, including Fiji and Samoa.
The tour is part of the northern European nation’s efforts to strengthen co-operation in oceans, climate change, peace and security.
The Prince is accompanied by Norway’s Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.
Crown Prince Haakon and his delegation were welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Ata, His Serene Highness Prince Tu’ipelehake, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Semisi Sika, Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mahe Tupouniua and the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet Edgar Cocker.
Crown Prince Haakon will attend a reception hosted by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u this evening.
Crown Prince Haakon was born in July 1973 and is heir to the Norwegian throne.
He is married with two children.
He will leave Tonga tomorrow for Fiji and then visit Samoa.
Norway has a large fishing industry and has used its experience in this area to forge alliance in the Pacific.
Last year Norwegian fisheries minister Harald Nesvik asked Pacific island nations to help fight fishing crime, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Nesvik said small island countries were highly vulnerable to transnational organised fishing crime.
Last month a team of Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture scientists visited the Pacific to investigate areas of technical co-operation with Pacific Community members.
The main points
- The heir to the Norwegian throne will inspect parts of Tonga affected by climate change tomorrow.
- Crown Prince Haakon Magnus will visit the Western District after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika.
- The Prince flew into Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon on his first official visit to Tonga.
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