NORWAY-ASIA BUSINESS SUMMIT 2016
Inthis issue we look forward to the Norway-Asia Business Summit, the country’s largest annual event to gather business leaders, government officials, academia and media for a discussion on how Norway can affect and will be influenced by the world’s biggest continent.
This will be my third summit and I’m most looking forward to the exchange of ideas at the summit. Even though I’m not Norwegian, my biggest takeaway from previous summits is how all three groups of participants earnestly consider plans of action based on the presentations. It takes a lot of courage and money to invest in a different direction than an industry has traditionally followed. But if my several years of covering Norwegian businesses has taught me anything, it is that the country is at its best when investing in education, skills and innovation. Indeed, it is expected in Norway.
The topics this year are maritime, offshore and energy, and they couldn’t be more appropriate given economic indicators.
While there will always be demand for energy of some sort, a few analysts were rubbing their brow in worry over sea changes in shipping and the oil and gas industries. Yet here come the cheerful Norwegians, unafraid of change and even welcoming it as a path toward more sustainable business.
Singapore has the largest number of Norwegian enterprises in Asia, so the summit represents a magnificent opportunity to expand your network of contacts as healthy attendance is expected.
The roster of speakers at this edition of the summit is power-packed, as each year the host country’s committee endeavours to outdo the previous summit. Participants can expect to come away from the summit motivated, perhaps enlightened and hopefully equipped with lots of new contacts to facilitate your work.