The visit to Chile continues
The second day of His Royal Highness The Crown Princes visit to Chile started with a business seminar in Santiago, followed by the laying of the foundation stone for the La Confluencia Hydropower Project.
After luncheon and a tour of the Odfjell vineyard, the afternoon was devoted to the Villa Grimaldi Peace Park.
Innovation Norway, in cooperation with the Embassy and the Chilean-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, arranged several business seminars in connection with The Crown Princes visit. Crown Prince Haakon opened the business seminar in Santiago, where subjects of common interest to Norwegian and Chilean business were the focus of attention. Important issues on the agenda included renewable energy and power distribution, communication and infrastructure, CSR and women/young entrepreneurs.
The company SN Power was established in 2002 by Statkraft and Norfund to conduct energy projects primarily relating to hydropower in developing countries. Among its projects is the development of the Tinguiririca river system.
Thursday morning, Crown Prince Haakon laid the foundation stone for the next step of the development, referred to as the La Confluencia project. Many from the local village came to greet the Crown Prince, who was presented with the gift of a poncho made especially for the occasion.
The Odfjell Vineyard
The Crown Prince visited the Odfjell Vineyard, where he was given a tour of the premises before luncheon. Situated in the Maipó Valley, an hour outside of Santiago, the vineyard specialises in the production of red wine. The winery facility itself is carved into a mountain slope, and 60 % of the facility is underground. The vineyard is owned by the Odfjell family, and Norway represents an important market for the Odfjell products.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.