NORWAY – BRAZIL: maritime transport cooperation

The bilateral cooperation between Norway and Brazil is extensive within several industry sectors as well as in connection with matters relating to the environment and education. New areas of cooperation are constantly being developed and the most recent step forward is the signing of a memorandum of understanding on maritime transport.

This memorandum of understanding was signed by Norway and Brazil on 16 November 2015, and its purpose is to enhance the cooperation between the two countries within the area of maritime transport. The memorandum is in line with the Norwegian Government’s long term cooperation strategy towards Brazil, where the aim is to strengthen the partnership in those areas where each country has strengths and expertise to offer the other, and where cooperation will result in mutual enrichment and economic growth and development in both countries.

The memorandum of understanding aims at increasing both public and private sector cooperation and awareness and ultimately create mutual economic opportunities and promote investments. The two countries will establish direct cooperation between their respective administrative agencies in order to increase awareness of areas of mutual interest and to identify ways to best promote the cooperation within the main areas; international maritime transport; port services; offshore navigation support services; chartering of vessels, and other services related to the maritime transport sector.

A coordinating committee with representatives from both countries is to be established and regular meetings will be arranged in order to prioritize upcoming activities, assess progress and measure results achieved. On the Brazilian side, the coordinating committee will be led by the Ministry of External Relations with participation of the Ministry of Transport, the Brazilian Navy, and the National Waterway Transportation Agency. On the Norwegian side the coordinating committee will be led representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.