Norway will have two major national projects going forward, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. One is restructuring, whilst the other is inclusion.
Solberg met Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre on Tuesday morning for a breakfast debate organized by the think tank Civita,where the theme was the two rivals’ future vision for Norway.
The Prime Minister opened the debate by calling Mr.Støre ‘Jens’ . She proceeded quickly to talk about the major realignments that Norway will go through.
According to Solberg, Norway will go from being an unusual country to become more normal when the oil and gas industry will be replaced by new industries. These new industries need to help finance the welfare state, not prey on it, she stressed.
– We need industries that contribute to the state budget , not more that have demands from the budget, said Solberg.
According to her, knowledge must be the basis for the restructuring.
– The restructuring will happen in much tougher times than we have seen before, warned Solberg.
She also believes that the inclusion will be a major national project, both of immigrants and of workers who risk falling by the wayside whilst the restructuring of the economy is in progress.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today