urban growth

On 23 May 2019, BI - Norwegian Business School will host the 6th annual Norwegian seminar of green economics, focusing on Urban development into the future.

-Mission-Oriented Innovation for 100 carbon neutral cities by 2030, launched by Mariana Mazzucato, UCL London, to be presented by project leader Martha McPherson 

-A good disruption on food, mobility, buildings by CEO Martin Stuchtey from Systemiq / McKinsey.

-Good Urban density, by prof. Kathy Pain from Reading Business School

The Norwegian Seminar on Green Economics - URBAN GREEN GROWTH is a collaboration between BI (Norwegian Business school), Oslo University, and IFE and members of NRCC are welcome to join.

Urbanization could in principle be a strong enabler of a green, net-positive economy. But on our current trajectory, cities are growing into 'more of the old' rather than the infrastructure for a new better economy. This seminar gives you the theory, practical examples and opportunity for mingling to get you updated. The event is open to guests and may be of interest to NRCC members.

See full program on web.

Free attendance, but registration required.  




2019 SPIEFSt. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 6–8 June, 2019


The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event.

Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

The main events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum this year will take place on 6–8 June, 2019 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.


This publication is a part of NRCC's partnership with the Roscongress Foundation - one of the organizers of SPIEF.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

The Foundation’s events draw more than 80,000 participants each year from 195 countries, with more than 10,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 75 countries worldwide.

An up-to-date calendar of the Foundation’s events in Russia and abroad is available on the official Roscongress website www.roscongress.org.







The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) fears the Russians will turn their backs on Norwegian companies if the sanctions regime continues. "Dagens næringsliv", 8 and 9 April 2019

On the eve of today's meeting between Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Liv Monica Stubholt was interviewed by a daily Norwegian business newspaper "Dagens Næringsliv".

The president of the NRCC says theres is a fear that great political backdrop could hit Norwegian industry hard in the long run.

"The knowledge of Russia's markets and Russian interest in Norway may be diminished if the restrictions persist," said Stubholt.

In the article Stubholt is quoted: "Important Norwegian companies such as Equinor and Kværner have invested and deliver in Russia, but in the long term there is a risk that the Norwegian oil and gas sector's long-term position can be taken over by others, partly by countries with the same sanction rules as Norway."

The president of the NRCC commented on how different European countries with the same sanctions rules have different approaches to supporting their business sector working towards and with Russia: "It seems to us that both the authorities and the business community in several European countries, including Sweden, Germany and Italy, are more aggressive in measures to promote the business sector, for example, with participation in the St. Petersburg international forum."

Read the full article here (available in Norwegian only).

DN 2019 04 09








Innoprom 2019INNOPROM-2019 is an international industrial trade fair that will take place in the Ekaterinburg-Expo International Exhibition Center from July 8 to July 11, 2019.

INNOPROM is an efficient international trade platform which is one of the main tools for export of Russian industrial products. In 2018, more than 600 corporate industrial exhibitors participated in the exhibition that was visited by 46,000 people from 107 countries during 4 days, 76% of all visitors being Russian and foreign top managers. The business program included more than 160 events: round tables, discussions, and master classes with participation of management from companies that are key industrial players, largest branch associations, and specialized state institutes.

The participants of INNOPROM-2018 were international industrial companies leading in their respective branches: FANUC, State Corporation ROSTEKH, Yamazaki Mazak, Sinara Group, Siemens, State Corporation ROSATOM, Dassault Systèmes, Almaz-Antey Group of Companies, Siempelkamp, Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Mill, UGMK Holding, and others.

The main theme of INNOPROM-2019 is ‘Digital Manufacturing: Integrated Solutions’. The partner country is Turkish Republic. It is expected that heads of largest industrial enterprises from Germany, Japan, Italy, China, Switzerland, South Korea, the Eurasian Economic Union countries and other countries will be among international participants of INNOPROM-2019.

Download a presentation of Innoprom 2019







Innovation Norway appoints Kirkenes Forvaltning AS as a fund manager for the new investment fund for North-West Russia and Eastern Europe.
NRCC congratulates a former member of the BoD, Hans Christian Dall Nygaard, and our member of the NRCC Council, Bjørn Celius, with the contract. We are looking forward to close cooperation in the years ahead!

Read the full announcement at Innovation Norway's website.






 Kirkenes Murmansk St Petersburg

Apply today for a 6-day training program opportunity for Norwegian Business company representatives and gain new skills and competence for doing business in Russia.

The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce has previously announced an application round for this year’s 6-day training program Doing Business in Russia (DBIR 2019). Read the invitation letter with program description.

Participation in the program is available for representatives from Norwegian companies who wish to establish or further develop activities in the Russian market.  

The program will be organized on 17-22 March 2019 in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Murmansk Region (Northern) and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Participation fee is NOK 5 000,- and covers all costs for travel and visa, accommodation, meals and other costs during the program.

Application deadline is 25 January 2019.

Save the dates and submit your application by filling out an electronic DBIR-application.

More details Do not hesitate to contact NRCC if you have any questions about the DBIR-program or other NRCC activities.

Rune O. Methi

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: 918 40 712

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Hans-Olav Rekdal

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valdai paper 92 2

'Russia’s Far East Initiatives in Troubled Geopolitical Times' - a report by three researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) was published as Valdai paper #92 by the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. The authors are Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade Helge Blakkisrud, Research Professor Elana Wilson Rowe and Senior Research Fellow Roman Vakulchuk.


The China–Russia rapprochement forms the centrepiece of Russia’s much hyped policy of a ‘turn to the East’, a policy aimed at transforming the Russian Far East from a territorial backwater into a new gateway to China, North-East Asia and beyond. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin declared the development of the Far East a ‘national priority for the entire twenty-first century’.

Historically, the Russian Far East was rather a garrison on the distant frontier. But today there is a new development model for the region that is expected to turn it into the gateway to the East, the region of growth and cooperation aimed to reap the benefits of rising Asia, particularly China. New institutions, projects, and financing have been provided for this purpose.

What progress has been made so far in implementing the Eastern vector in Russian domestic and foreign policy? Have the ambitious plans indeed borne fruits, like President Xi declared? And what are the main drivers behind the ‘turn to the East’? Do worsened geopolitical relations with Western European actors intensify the turn? Or is it driven by the perceptions of opportunities and long-term objectives in the Asia-Pacific region?

The Valdai Paper #92 presents a critical and independent view on Russia’s Turn to the East by the European authors.

Read or download the full report in English or in Russian.




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