Haakon Magnus, the Crown Prince of Norway, won’t be coming to Kenya as planned following the death of ex-President Daniel arap Moi.
The embassy announced on Friday the postponement of the maiden visit to an unknown date.
“In respect and solidarity with the nation following the passing of former President H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi and the officially declared period of national mourning, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway will postpone his planned official visit to the Republic of Kenya,” the embassy said
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, was to lead a business delegation to Kenya between 10 and 12 February 2020.
The Minister for Regional Development and Digitalization, as well as his International Development counterpart Dag Inge Ulstein who were to accompany the Crown Prince, also postponed their visit.
Norway Ambassador to Kenya Elin Rognlie said on Tuesday that the delegation was to center on smart cities, renewable energy, ICT, and digitalization, as well as investment and finance.
Former President Moi’s burial is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 February 2020, while the national memorial service planned for Tuesday 11 February, which has been declared a public holiday.
Consequently, events planned for Tuesday and Wednesday in Nairobi and the high-level oceans seminar slated for Monday in Mombasa will not happen.
Likewise, the Kenya-Norway Business 2020 has been annulled, but the Norwegian-Africa Business Association and Norway’s East Africa Innovation office promised to support companies that would still wish to travel to Kenya as planned