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