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Private sector development support through the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)

The NHO, with support from Norad, intervenes in a host of countries, providing technical assistance in private sector development, in particular for employer, industry and business institutions, and encourages Norwegian business to seek opportunities to invest and trade with business partners in developing countries. The Secretariat for Private Sector Development (PSD) was established in 2002, with a specific mandate to focus on the role of business in alleviating poverty. Some of the recent projects executed by the NHO are: (i) cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Angola (CCIA) in Luanda: a series a seminars on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and health, safety and environment (HSE); (ii) cooperation on Female Future in Uganda: in 2008, NHO introduced a Female Future programme for women managers in Uganda to promote the mainstreaming of gender issues in trade and private sector development; (iii) cooperation with the Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA). NHO also plays an advisor role in an on-going process between NECA and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) for the setting up of a new employer and business organization.

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Statistics for Development in Malawi

Together with Sweden, Norway is strengthening the capacity of Malawi’s National Statistical Office to produce statistics, thereby supporting the country’s national statistical system. The programme is supported by a Norwegian-Swedish co-financing agreement. The Governments of Norway and Malawi signed an Agreement in June 2003 on institutional cooperation between the Malawi Ministry of Finance, the Malawi Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, and the National Statistical Office and Statistics Norway. South Sudan: Technical cooperation project National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) - Statistics Norway (SN) Mozambique: Institutional Capacity Building in Economic Statistics and related areas, between Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) and Scanstat (Consortium - Statistics Denmark, Statististics Sweden and SN) Moldova: Cooperation project National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Moldova and SN 

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