Introducting the next Summit host: Welcome to India and Bangladesh
Norway-Asia Business Summit 2015 will take place in New Delhi during third week of April 2015 with an optional extension to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Exact dates will be communicated later. At the summit we will be looking into Asian megatrends, the transformative, global forces that define the future Asia with far-reaching impacts on businesses, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives, and discuss how these define and open up new business opportunities for Norwegian enterprises. In addition, we will introduce the participants to the rich cultural heritage and flavours of the Indian sub- continent. The annual Norway Asia Business Summit, attracting participants from the Norwegian business communities in Asia, as well as Norwegian politicians, business leaders, diplomats and media, is a melting pot of networking, professional updates and discussions, profiling, socialising, and cultural inspiration. The summit will feature all of this. In the professional dialog, be it in plenary or panel discussions as well as in breakout sessions, emphasis will be on sectors with a strong Norwegian footprint in Asia, and how this presence can be strengthened and take new paths. The summit will also represent a chance to meet pioneers and successful businesses, who have cracked the code to success in Asia.
Arrival in Delhi. First session setting the stage for the summit, followed by dinner
Economic, political and social megatrends, and the growth sectors that follow. Speakers: Norwegian and Indian Ministers; Chief Economists and business leaders, multilateral institutions ( World Banks largest office outside US; IFC; ADB), think-tanks. Full day spouse program.
Morning session continuing the discussions on subjects introduced on day 1, ending formal summit program with lunch. Afternoon: Cultural programme/shopping.
Saturday – Sunday: Visit to Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Direct flight Delhi-Dhaka. Evening: Opening of the Dhaka program organised by the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh and the Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka. Meet successful Nordic businesses in Bangladesh – get their insights and advices from operating in a highly challenging environment that will boost your leadership ability in Asia
Full day summit program, ending with dinner. Further to the program in Delhi, there will be an option of deep diving in one of the regions fastest growing economies. In Dhaka, urbanisation will be the main theme, with a country-specific focus on infrastructure, habitats, energy and environment.
The host countries
India is the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the largest democracy in the world. In May 2014, India concluded the largest democratic elections in the history of mankind. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his party BJP, won a clear majority, and a strong mandate to pursue his ambitions of economic growth, increased investments, efficient bureaucracy and an agenda of anti- corruption and anti- cronyism. The business community and the financial markets are expecting positive changes in the investment climate over the next years.
The Indian economy is the world’s eleventh largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; the Indian labour force of close to 500 million people is the world’s second-largest, as of 2011. During the next four decades, Indian GDP is expected to grow at an annual average of 8%, making it potentially the world’s fastestgrowing major economy until 2050. Bangladesh is quickly turning into an economic success story, and has experienced an average of 6% annual GDP growth over the past 20 years. One of the most densely populated countries in the world; Bangladesh owes most of its economic success to its main resource: its workforce. Social indicators are improving, and the country will be among the few to fulfil several of the Millennium Development Goals. Bangladesh’s future depends on its success in handling challenges related to climate change, population growth, poverty alleviation and urban planning.
The Summit 2015 hosts
Norwegian Business Association – India (NBAI) in collaboration with the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh, the Norwegian Embassies in Delhi and Dhaka, and Innovation Norway are the proud hosts of the Norway Asia Business Summit 2015.
Summit news and updates
The summit website will soon be re- established featuring information and updates regarding the Norway-Asia Business Summit 2015, as well as an online registration.
India will host the Norway-Asia Business Summit 2015. Participants will also have a chance to experience the spledours of Taj Mahal.