NRCC Networking Meeting in Oslo - 4 November 2014
Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce has organized a networking meeting in Oslo at the premises of the partner organization Innovation Norway on November 4th. Present were some 50 representatives from Russian and Norwegian companies and organizations (Innovation Norway, GIEK, NHO, NUPI, INTSOK, Norwegian Seafood Federation and many others).
The program consisted of informative presentations on current issues in Norwegian-Russian business cooperation, recent developments on the Russian market, followed by fruitful discussions on various trade issues. Among the speakers were Ola S. Smeby, Senior Advisor IN Finnmark-Barents 2020 & ProRus and Johan Bjørkevoll, Investment Manager, IN Fund Management with the presentation "Innovation Norway: Equity investments and grants". The meeting continued with the presentation by Helge Blakkisrud, Head of the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He informed the audience about Russian regional elections in times of troubles: what can the recent elections tell us about current political trends in Russia? Next guest speaker, Trond Davidsen, Assisting Director of the Norwegian Seafood Federation, presented future outlooks for the Norwegian Seafood on the emerging markets. Finally, Kåre Karlstad, former chairman of Pomor Nordic Trade, also Honorary Member of NRCC, presented his new book “Cold war – warm people”.
In conclusion, Managing Director of NRCC Jarle Forbord has informed participants of the meeting about forthcoming Norwegian-Russian Business Forum, which will take place in Moscow on 10-11 December. He also discussed Program Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as various activities and perspectives of NRCC for the nextcoming year.
After the the networking meeting, Innovation Norway invited participants to refreshments and informal networking.
One of the speakers - Ola S. Smeby, Senior Advisor IN Finnmark-Barents 2020 & ProRus