Investments in Africa encouraged

Norway's Minister for International Development, Erik Solheim, has promised political and financial assistance to Norwegian firms that want to compete with China in Africa.

Solheim says to the financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv that he views China's enormous investments in Africa as positive.

In his view, Norwegian firms ought also to look on Africa as a growth area.

- Norway should contribute, first and foremost for the sake of Africa, but also for our own sake, Solheim says.