Tor B. Naess
Cross border cooperation with the Soviet Union in the High North in the 1980-s would not have been possible without support from central authorities in Oslo. A key role player during these processes, was ambassador Tor Berntin Naess who in the 1980ies in the Ministry of Trade. Mr. Naess is a cand. oecon. and held various positions in the former Ministry of Trade, particularly related to trade with previously State trading countries, COMECON, and amongst them the Soviet Union. He served as Chair of the Norwegian delegation of the Working Group of the Joint Norwegian – Soviet Commission for Technical, Economic an Industrial Cooperation in the 1980ies and the beginning of the 1990s. He was working closely together with Norwegian industry - always acting constructive, supportive and finding solutions to the many challenges that arouse in these chaotic years. From 1989 Director General Berntin Naess of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was leading the negotiations regarding a new GATT agreement. From 1996 – 2000 he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, in the years 2001 – 2004 he worked as special advisor in the MFA also in relation to issues regarding the Russian market, worked as temporary ambassador in Bangkok after the tsunami, a shorter period thereafter as ambassador in Switzerland, before he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Canada in the period 2005 – 2009. Tor B. Naess is currently working with the ongoing EFTA – Russia, Belaruss, Khazakstan negotiations and issues related to the Russian membership to WTO. Naess was awarded honorary membership in the NRCC in December 2009.