Norway’s Foreign Ministry has announced that the country is freezing its NOK 65 million bilateral aid to Myanmar following the country’s military coup earlier this month. Norway’s aid to the Myanmar people will however continue.
The sums frozen primarily include the payment of Norwegian experts involved in the constitution program and to a smaller extent payments made to Myanmar’s institutions. The bilateral aid was amongst other things aimed to help boost know-how at Myanmar’s public institutions in areas including renewable energy, the environment, and protection of the oceans.
In a statement, the Ministry said, “The military coup on 1 February changed the conditions for the Norwegian involvement in Myanmar and is the reason for Norway freezing its state-to-state programs for professional cooperation between Norwegian and Myanmar public institutions.”