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Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry & Fisheries

TThe Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD) is responsible for designing a future-orientedtrade, industry and seafood policy.

This implies influencing all policy areas of importance in value creation. It is Norway’s total value creation that determines the level of prosperity and welfare in the country. The Ministry aims to promote Norwegian industry and commerce and to contribute to sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture. It is also responsible for shipping policy. NFD is also involved in coordinating the work of the various ministries to ensure a comprehensive, sound and forward-looking industrial policy.


The Department for Fisheries & Aquaculture


The department for Fisheries & Aquaculture is responsible for matters related to fisheries, the fishing fleet and the aquaculture industry. There is a wide range of topics in the Department’s portfolio, including quota negotiations and international fisheries agreements, IUU fishing, regulation of and the right to engage in fishing, regulation of the fishing fleet, aquaculture policy and management, environmental sustainability of the aquaculture industry including fish health and welfare, and licensing rules.¨


The Economic Policy Department


The Economic Policy Department has responsibility for overall trade and industry policy, macro economics, taxation, special sections for seafood and tourism, general responsibility for the industry, business and corporate legislation and work on simplification measures.


The Research & Innovation Department


The Research and Innovation Department is involved in formulating policies on research and innovation. Its focus is on profitable growth and increased use of research results, enhanced innovation activity, greater use of design and increased use of industrial property rights.


The Trade Policy Department


The Trade Policy Department helps to create opportunities for Norwegian commerce and industry in foreign markets. The department is responsible for negotiating free trade agreements through the European Free Trade Association(EFTA), promoting industrial cooperation and investment, ensuring competitive and predictable export financing schemes.


The Maritime Department


The Maritime Department has overall responsibility for the work of NFD on policies for maritime industries: shipping, shipbuilding and suppliers of marine equipment and services. The Department is responsible for legislative activity in shipping in the IMO, ILO and EU and also for national legislation in the area, and has management responsibility for the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The Department is also responsible for WTO activity, bilateral maritime agreements and maritime marketing internationally.


The Ownership Department


The primary task of the Ownership Department is the professional management of state ownership, in order to achieve an optimal return for the State and sound and responsible development of companies. The Department is also involved in the formulation of the government’s overall ownership policy and it produces the annual State Ownership Report and holds the annual Ownership Conference.


The Department of Competition Policy


The Department of Competition Policy has overall responsibility for the implementation of competition policy. The Competition Act is one of the main instruments for competition policy, and the Department is responsible for drafting this Act and for management of the Norwegian Competition Authority. The Department is also responsible for drafting and interpreting national and international legislation associated with state aid and public procurement,including following up the Public Procurement Act and the State Aid Act.

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