BNCC once more is cooperating with Lusófonos Oslo, the Embassy of Brazil and the Embassy of Portugal in the creation of a network
platform to all Portuguese speakers in Oslo.
If you are one of them, please, join us in this interactive network session where the participants will have the opportunity to exchange
experience and spread their contact network. If you have colleagues in your company who speaks or are learning Portuguese, please, feel
free to extend the invitation.
The event will be held in Portuguese. It will take place at CAK, February 14th, from 17 to 20 hours.
See invitation (in Portuguese). We hope to see many of you there!
In the past February, 9ththe Honorary Consulate of Brazil in Stavanger and BNCC received guests and representatives of the oil business sector for a seminar about new opportunities in the oil and gas sector in Brazil.
The Honorary Consulate, BNCC, together with the Brazilian Embassy in Oslo, ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis), Norwegian Energy Partners (Norwep), Equinor, Greater Stavanger and Stavanger Næringsforening received members and other representatives of the oil business sector for a seminar about new opportunities in the oil and gas sector in Brazil.
Honorary Consul of Brazil in Stavanger and board member of BNCC, Celma Hellebust welcomed the audience at Hellebust International Consultant’s office in Stavanger and thanked the cooperation among so many important players around the opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
She opened the session with a message from the Brazilian Ambassador, HE George Monteiro Prata, who has welcomed the participants and did point out that it is not better time to be in Brazil as today. It was followed by presentations about BNCC, Greater Stavanger, Stavanger Næringsforenig, ANP, Norwegian Energy Partners and Equinor.
The representative of Norwegian Energy Partners, Gunn Vik, said that “Brazil still being the biggest O&G market for Norwegian investment” and Equinor did present opportunities in the Carcara field.
The presence of the Director of the ANP, Felipe Kury discussed the oil and gas industry under the new government. Mr. Cury presented O&G investment opportunities in Brazil, from upstream, the ongoing initiatives of the natural gas market and downstream. In his final remarks, he explained to the audience the ongoing energy transition in the country and the transformation in the O&G sector. The new times is striking by Petrobras’ repositioning, in favor of an open and competitive market. See ANP presentation here.
Regional director of Norwep, Gunn Vik preeented the updated opportunities and challenges for the Brazil marketing for the new times. Brazil is the largest offshore and subsea market in the world. And the optimist is back with opportunities in seven priority projects in the country, explained Gunn Vik.
The event gathered more than 50 attendees from Stavanger area. It was a pleasure to BNCC having the opportunity to cooperate in organizing this event outside Oslo. We hope this kind of collaboration will take place soon again and we will this year having the chance to create platforms for exchange of experience outside Oslo area too.
On Friday, November 30th, NorLARNet, and BNCC gathered their networks in a breakfast meeting at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, with the Peruvian political scientist Francisco Durand, author of an acclaimed book on Odebrecht, the Brazilian infrastructure giant involved in bribery scandals with politicians worldwide.
Durand’s book is based on the study of three grand projects in Peru, the Lima metro, the interoceanic highway and the irrigation project Olmos, that involved bribery schemes involving four presidents and one presidential candidate. The book discusses several mechanisms used by Odebrecht to control governments, ranging from campaign financing and the establishment of close personal relations to politicians, to ensuring kickbacks on overcharged public projects and payment of direct bribes. He also discussed the impact of this kind of practices on the current situation of institutional deterioration in Peru and other Latin American countries where the construction conglomerate Odebrecht has operated.
After his presentation, Jemina Garcia-Godos from the University of Oslo, and Larissa Costa Slottet from BNCC commented on the topic, focusing on their field of experience.
Jemina Garcías-Godos expressed that overall message of Durand's book is unsettling for anyone with commitments to develop goals and democratic practices in Latin America or elsewhere. The main message of this book is actually the capture of the state by corporate power, she said. She found it unsettling to see demonstrated so clearly that it is not only the politicians who are corrupt and ask for money, but also the private sector offering payments in order to get important projects. Prestigious companies like Odebrecht embrace development, and with a facade of innocence they offer to bring much wanted infrastructure. García-Godos found it specially interesting to see how this is made possible by the coexistence of, on the one side, a formal legal framework that gives the appearance of adherence to the law, and the other side a parallel world of informal rules and norms that everybody who is involved in the business knows how to take advantage,
An active and alive Q&A session took place. Discussions continued in a mingling session and overall, people hope that Odebrecth situation can be avoided in the future.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC, edited by Benedicte Bull, NorLARNet
We inform that Harald's funeral will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, 10:00 am at Vestre Gravlund, Old Chapel, Oslo.