Norway’s royal heir is on a three day mission to strengthen ties with Turkey. Haakon was invited by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the first time any member of the Norwegian royal family ever made an official visit to the country.
Haakon told reporters at the hotel where he is staying in the Turkish capital of Ankara, that the main aim of his visit to Turkey was to boost cooperation in hydro energy.
The Crown Prince said that Norway was experienced in hydro energy, and was supplying 90 percent of its electricity with this method.
Haakon added that his country also wanted to further improve cooperation with Turkey in maritime, and tourism.
In Ankara, the Prince will open seminars on hydro power. Then in Istanbul, he will attend business meetings with sector leaders from both Turkey and Norway. The latter have accompanied Haakon to Turkey.
One person not with Haakon is Crown Princess Mette-Marit. This may be because she has begun classes for a master’s degree in management in Oslo.
Belgium’s Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde are currently spending about a week promoting Belgian businesses in Indonesia. They began their visit on Saturday, and have gotten quite a few things done.
One of the first things the Crown Prince did was sit through a round table in Jakarta, with businessmen of different economic sectors, to develop a meeting with possible investors. Philippe is the honorary chairman of Belgium’s Agency of Foreign Trade, and had nearly 70 Belgian business leaders as part of the royal delegation.
Of special importance for the Belgian economy are the sectors of diet, beverages, health, and data processing. According to the Agency of Foreign Trade, the trip will firm of important contracts and the strengthening of the relations among both Belgium and Indonesia.
While the Philippe was attending business meetings, his wife Mathilde met with disadvantaged children of Jakarta. Along with Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, the wife of Indonesia’s vice president, the Crown Princess stopped by Pantara, a school dedicated to children with learning disabilities. Children’s issues seem to be very close to Mathilde’s heart, as she has visited schools in Belgium in the past.
The visit to Indonesia also coincides with a trip to Singapore later this week for the same reasons. Crown Prince Philippe will continue Belgium’s strengthening economic ties with south Asia.