Newly elected Pres­i­dent of Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce, Aina Eidsvik takes on new chal­lenges.

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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

PHOTO: THAI-NOR­WE­GIAN CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

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