Background

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The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established by Norwegian and Russian business circles in Oslo on 20 October 2003. Members include major Norwegian and Russian companies such as Statoil, Jotun, DNV GL, Lukoil Overseas North Shelf, RN Nordic Oil as well as central business organizations such as the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), GIEK, Innovation Norway, universities and SMEs. Russian companies are also members of Board of Directors of the NRCC. The working language of the Chamber is English, which is used both for official correspondance and networking meetings.
Since the establishment of the association, NRCC has developed close cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, centrally as well as in regional Russia. The CCIs of Russia have about 170 regional offices and more than 50 000 members. Our outreach to Russian companies in the Russian market is thus extraordinary and quite unique.
NRCC is an NGO mainly financed by various types of membership. In 2017, the NRCC signed a new three-year Program Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway with the aim of strengthening business relations between Norway and Russia.

The NRCC is the leading Norwegian-Russian Business Network.

Aim

The aim of the NRCC is to stimulate and improve business relations between Norwegian and Russian companies regarding import, export, shipping, business development, tourism or investment activities. In addition, the Chamber aims to enhance the understanding of each others' business culture, market developments and other socio-economic developments of importance.

Members

As of today, the Chamber has about 130 members representing various sectors. It is a pleasure for us to see a growing interest from Russian companies joining the Chamber. A list of the NRCC Members can be found under "Members". The expanded list is only available for the NRCC Members.

Management

Both the NRCC Board and the NRCC Administration consist of people with vast experience from Norwegian-Russian trade relations. More information can be found under "About NRCC Employees", "About NRCC Board" and "About NRCC Council".

Activities

The Chamber presently offers regular networking events, newsletters, seminars, courses, business delegations, as well as social, cultural and various ad-hoc arrangements. More information can be found under "Events".

Kaare Karlstad

Kaare KarlstadIn the second half of the 1970s, the Norwegian-Finnish Company Pomor Nordic Trade was established by director Kaare Karlstad. He started an import of wooden materials, frozen capelin, berries and other products from the North-Western district of the Soviet Union to Norway.
In 1982-1983, Karlstad was allowed by the two Border Commissioners to initiate pilot trade crossings across the common border. He established a pallet production factory, Pomor Industries, in Kirkenes based on imported pre-cut materials across the border from the Soviet Union, and a transport company transporting the materials to the factory. A coastal liner was owned by Karlstad sailing cargo from Murmansk to Northern Norway. Karlstad was soon nick-named “Pomor Karlstad” as his initiative indeed was a revival of the old Pomor Trade between the two regions Iin the Russian High North.
Director Kaare Karlstad was a pioneer in a time with serious challenges hardly understood today, including instance centralized foreign trade monopolies, the Cold War and a solid Iron Curtain. His initiatives were in many ways the starting signals for the later Barents regional cooperation.
Karlstad was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2009.

Oeyvind Nordsletten

Ambassador-NordslettenAmbassador Nordsletten has for more than 40 years worked in various official positions with issues in relation to the Soviet union and the Russian Federation. Nordsletten started his service for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1974 and at served at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow from 1979 to 1982 as a diplomat of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1992 to 1996 he served as Norway’s Ambassador to Ukraine.
From 1997 to 2000 he was Director General at the office of the Prime Minister of Norway.
From 2000 to 2008, Nordsletten served as Norway’s ambassador to Russia in Moscow, from 2008 to 2010  as Norway’s ambassador to Ireland, and from 2010 to 2013 as Norway`s Consul general in Murmansk. Since 2013 he holds a position in the MFA of Norway in Oslo.
Nordsletten was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2008.

Leonid Reiman

reimanReiman has held several top positions in Russian telecom companies and ministerial positions in several Russian governments. Hereunder, he was a Minister of Telecommunications in the period of 2004-2008.
For his contribution to improving Norwegian-Russian relations, in May 2007 he was awarded honorary membership in the NRCC. The ceremony took part during a regular session of the Norwegian-Russian Joint Commission in Oslo, Norway.

The NRCC Award 2017

shavrovDr. Nikolay Shavrov, Station Manager, Innovation Norway St. Petersburg, was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening and development of Norwegian-Russian business cooperation and support to the NRCC. 

The NRCC Award 2017

IMG 4087Mr Erik Gulbrandsen, CEO, Norwegian Management Solutions AS, former Vice President, Kvaerner, was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening and development of Norwegian-Russian business cooperation and support to the NRCC.  

The NRCC Award 2017

88Mr Dmitry Bystrov, Regional Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening and development of Norwegian-Russian business cooperation and support to the NRCC.

The NRCC Outstanding Contribution Award 2012

award-henriksenMr Benedikt Henriksen, a former NRCC Board Member and a former Head of Governmental Relations of Statoil Russia, was awarded for his contribution to development of the NRCC.

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The aim of the NRCC is to stimulate and improve business relations between Norwegian and Russian companies regarding import, export, shipping, business development, tourism or investment activities. More...

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Phone: (+47) 21 01 57 50

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