Thanks to Sin­ga­pore for a Well-Ex­e­cuted 2016 Sum­mit

Norway-Asia Business Review - - Foreword -

Dear read­ers, This April marked the re­sound­ing suc­cess of the sixth Nor­way-Asia Busi­ness Sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore. Since the in­cep­tion of Nor­wayAsia Busi­ness Sum­mit, it has be­come in­creas­ingly bet­ter with more high-level par­tic­i­pants from both Nor­way and Asia. This year was certi­naly no ex­cep­tion.

As the first Prime Min­is­ter ever to par­tic­i­pate in the Nor­way-Asia Busi­ness Sum­mit, H. E. Erna Sol­berg gra­ciously opened the sum­mit and gave her valu­able in­sights on Nor­way’s Place in the Asian Cen­tury.

The venue for next year’s sum­mit has yet to be de­cided, but rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Thai­land will cer­tainly be there, wherever it is. And we will be happy to help, sup­port and nur­ture next year’s event, the most im­por­tant meet­ing place in terms of Nor­we­gian-Asian busi­ness re­la­tions.

A com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor for many of this year’s speak­ers was the state of the Nor­we­gian econ­omy and what Nor­way can learn from Asia. An in­spir­ing Kristin Sko­gen Lund from NHO talked about lessons we can take home, but also high­lited the un­der­ly­ing prob­lems with ed­u­ca­tion and job op­por­tu­ni­ties in Nor­way. The fact that there are al­most 100,000 peo­ple in Nor­way un­der 30 that are out­side work or train­ing is mind­bog­gling, con­sid­er­ing Nor­way’s wealth.

From Thai­land, we pushed for an increased SME con­tent at this year’s sum­mit. Sev­eral en­trepreneurs, both Nor­we­gian and Asian, shared their ex­pe­ri­ences, chal­lenges and suc­cesses with the au­di­ence. This mag­a­zine con­tains sev­eral ex­am­ples.

Thai­land has lots to learn from Nor­way in terms of sup­port to the SME sec­tor. While large for­eign com­pa­nies are wel­come to Thai­land, the SME sec­tor, both lo­cal and for­eign, strug­gle with chal­lenges sim­i­lar to Nor­way, but with­out much gov­ern­ment sup­port. Ac­cess to credit is al­most nonex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing start-ups are scar­ing en­trepreneurs from start­ing busi­nesses built on new ideas.

It is there­fore highly com­mend­able that pri­vate sec­tor ini­tia­tives are start­ing to ap­pear; dtac ac­cel­er­ate, widely re­garded, as the na­tion’s lead­ing in­cu­ba­tor is a shin­ing ex­am­ple. You can read more on the pro­gramme on pages 38-39 in the mag­a­zine.

Sum­mer is just around the cor­ner and many are go­ing home to en­joy the sum­mer hol­i­days back home so let me end by wish­ing you all a happy sum­mer!


Vibeke Lys­sand Leirvåg

Pres­i­dent Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce


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