In­tro­duct­ing the next Sum­mit host: Wel­come to In­dia and Bangladesh

Norway-Asia Business Review - - Contents - By Vibeke Si­mon­sen

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.

Sched­ule

Day 1

Ar­rival in Delhi. First ses­sion set­ting the stage for the sum­mit, fol­lowed by din­ner

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

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.

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