Pres­i­dent’s Fore­word

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The Nor­way-Asia Busi­ness Sum­mit 2015 in New Dehli, In­dia, was at­tended by a num­ber of mem­bers of the Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce. It was a well-or­gan­ised and ex­cit­ing sum­mit where two Nor­we­gian min­is­ters and 11 Nor­we­gian am­bas­sadors from the re­gion as well as prom­i­nent fig­ures from the In­dian govern­ment and busi­ness elite par­tic­i­pated. In to­tal al­most 200 par­tic­i­pants took part in the event.

On open­ing night, we were treated to an in­spir­ing talk by No­bel Peace Lau­re­ate 2014, Kailash Sat­yarthi in which he shared his thoughts on what busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments can do to con­nect with the rest of the world through the sus­tain­able 4 ‘P’s; peo­ple, planet, pros­per­ity and peace. In this mag­a­zine, you can read more about his thoughts in ad­di­tion to many other sto­ries and themes raised in In­dia.

On 17 March 2015, the Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce held its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing. We es­pe­cially wel­come Sverre Ped­er­sen (dtac), Michael Shum (Jo­tun), Trond Tøn­jum (Wal­le­nius Wil­helm­sen) and Tom Vargh­ese (Te­lenor) as new board mem­bers of the Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Spring also marked a first for the Cham­ber’s Pre­mium Mem­bers: On Thurs­day 26 Fe­bru­ary, H.E. Am­bas­sador Kjetil Paulsen opened the first of three an­nual Pre­mium Mem­ber Lun­cheons at his res­i­dence. This fo­rum of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to learn about Nor­way’s en­gage­ment with Thai­land and gives our pre­mium mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to voice their opin­ion and come with con­struc­tive ideas for an im­proved bi­lat­eral busi­ness re­la­tion­ship.

2015 is the first year in which Nor­way ac­tively pro­motes win­ter tourism to the con­sumer mar­ket. Nor­way was rep­re­sented with a pav­il­ion at Thai In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fair 2015 at the end of Fe­bru­ary. At the be­gin­ning of March a me­dia/travel agent group vis­ited north­ern Nor­way with stops at North Cape, the Ice Ho­tel in Alta and in Tromsø to view the dra­matic North­ern Lights, al­ready very pop­u­lar with tourists from Ja­pan and Korea.

Turn­ing to the news, we are con­stantly read­ing sto­ries of Thai­land’s en­ergy de­mand ex­ceed­ing sup­plies in ad­di­tion to sto­ries on en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns with land­fills catch­ing fire, spills of dan­ger­ous waste etc. Our hope is that the au­thor­i­ties ac­tively will work to clean up years of en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age to coun­try and to use waste as a source of fu­ture en­ergy. We have sev­eral com­pa­nies in Nor­way ea­ger to help Thai­land in this sec­tor.

Across the bor­der in Myan­mar, the sub­chap­ter of our Cham­ber will elect its first board this month and we look for­ward to hear news on Nor­we­gian progress in Myan­mar in the months to come.

Let me end by wish­ing you all a happy sum­mer


Vibeke Lys­sand Leirvåg

Pres­i­dent Thai-Nor­we­gian Cham­ber of Com­merce

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