Norway’s commitment to relations and trade with the Philippines has been strengthened as the new Royal Norwegian Embassy office was officially inaugurated on 9 March 2015 in its new location at the 12th Floor of the DelRosarioLaw Centre. Ambassador Erik Førner, Deputy Director General Nils Martin Gunneng of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-owner of the DelRosarioLaw Centre Atty. Ruben del Rosario took part in the cutting of ribbon to mark the official opening of the new office.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Førner took note that the new office promotes a more open environment, which creates an effective communication among staff. The office also offers the finest facilities, modern and new technology, spacious meeting rooms and better internet connection for a more efficient office operations and delivery of services.
“We are very proud of our new office. I think the most important thing we have achieved in the layout is the openness where the barriers between diplomats and staff are reduced significantly”, said Ambassador Erik Førner.
Mr. Gunneng said that the transfer of the Embassy to the Bonifacio Global City marks a new chapter in the longstanding and good bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Norway. He also noted that the investment in a new Embassy is another strong signal of Norway’s long term commitment to the Philippines, as well as to the ASEAN community.
The first full-fledged Embassy was established in 1967 in Damarinas Village. Since then, bilateral relations between the Philippines and Norway have continued to develop and strengthen with the maritime sector in full force and other areas of cooperation have grown.
“Norway has a long term perspective in the Philippines. As other countries may come and go, we remain,” said Ambassador Førner.
The ceremony incorporated the traditional ways of inauguration in the Philippines such as the blessing of facilities by a priest and the throwing of coins to signify continued success. Numerous guests were present to witness the inauguration such as Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, members of the diplomatic corps, Philippine and Norway business sector stakeholders and representatives from the government.
The Embassy transferred in its new location on 25 February 2015 at the 12th Floor DelRosarioLaw Centre located at the 21st Drive corner 20th Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.