Newly elected President of Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Aina Eidsvik takes on new challenges.
Ilearned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist, Ginni Rometty, IBM.
With that, I want to thank the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce for electing me as their President for the next two years. I value the confidence shown in me and I look forward to a challenging and interesting time.
Vibeke Lyssand Leirvåg preceded me in the President role. Thanks to Vibeke, the Chamber has a good professional standing and we are among the Chambers that counts in Thailand. I am well aware that it has taken a lot of work and dedication and it does not come by itself. I have many people with me when I express my gratitude to Vibeke.
During my roughly ten years in Thailand, many people have asked me how it is to be a female leader here. Norwegians are surprised when I tell them that Thailand has 51% male CEOs and then you can calculate the female percentage yourself. Leadership is not about being male or female – it is about the achievements you make together with others. It is however rare to see a President who is not male among the foreign chambers of commerce in Asia and I think it is good that first Vibeke, then Hilde Nafstad at NBAS in Singapore and now I contribute to a better balance.
Browsing through this issue of the Norway-Asia Business Review I realise that it has become a true regional magazine. There are interesting articles from a wide range of countries and industries.
We welcome the Nordic Chamber in Cambodia as the latest Norwegian Chamber in Asia. You find useful information about Cambodia in the magazine. With a pro-business government, no restrictions on foreign ownership and a US dollar based economy they are coming up as an attractive alternative to other countries in the region.
Energy needs in Asia are growing rapidly and several countries in Asia have projects in various stages of development to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) via floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). LNG is the greenest of the fossil fuels and CO emissions from natural
2 gas combustion is around 50-60 percent less than for coal. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok and Innovation Norway has undertaken a mapping of how Norway can help Thailand in a LNG transition. A joint Thai-Norwegian seminar is planned at the end of June in connection with the release of the report.
Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country according to a recently published report by UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). On that note, I wish you a happy reading and I hope you will enjoy the magazine.
Sincerely, Aina Eidsvik President Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce