Mutual exchange of employees between companies based in different countries broadens the perspectives and changes the attitudes of people, making businesses more capable of achieving their goals. The Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (Norec) funds exchange projects involving employees in Norway and countries in Latin America, including Brazil.
The Brazilian and the Colombian chambers of commerce invited Norec to present their opportunities to their members in a breakfast meeting that took place at Christiania Kvartalet in Olso last week. Norec is financed by the Norwegian National Budget, forms part of the governmental Norwegian developmental policy, and is subordinated to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Representatives from the chambers welcomed the audience and passed the floor to Tor-Øyvind Rand, who explained how does Nored works and gave many rich examples of the program in action.
Exchange between countries benefits not only organizations and businesses but communities, explained Tor-Øyvind. It spread knowledge and inspire both individuals and organizations. The program of exchange was developed on the Sustainable Development Goal number 17, Partnership for the Goals, he added.
The exchange takes place between businesses and organizations – partners – in Norway and countries in the southern hemisphere, or in between these countries. The partners have to identify the project they want to establish and with whom they wish to cooperate then apply the project on Norec’s webpage (www.norec.no).
Norec has the intention to increase their portfolio in Latin America. Therefore partners in Brazil and Colombia are most welcome to apply, independent of the industry or size of the companies. Norec offers training for the partners and participants, preparing in the best way possible to create fruitful exchange programs and successful partnerships.
The benefits of Norec exchange programs are many. A company can increase technical skills, strengthen intercultural communication, build strong partnerships. In a broader perspective, diversify and globilize skills and knowledge. Moreover, contribute to developing and sharing skills and knowledge in Norway and developing countries.
After Norec’s presentation, partners under the exchange projects presented their experience and the advantages through the program. Hostelling International (HI) Norway and Brazil brought talked to the audience sharing their perspective of how usual and enricher the initiative has been to help to achieve their goals.
A live Q&A session took place, where the audience had the opportunity to ask practical questions to Norec representatives and to the organizations that are under the program now. Larissa Slottet from BNCC closed the meeting, remembering all presents that mixing people and transferring knowledge is an excellent opportunity to step ahead towards the future. She encouraged all members of BNCC to explore further this opportunity.
See the presentation of Norec here. For more precise information for cooperation with Brazil, you can contact Cristina Latine: (email@example.com).
By Larissa Slottet, BNCC
Are you socially sustainable?
Conversations and actions on sustainability issues often revolve around profit and the planet, though people are an equally important factor in making a positive impact. Both within companies and in the communities they operate, a growing number of people are seeking congruence between their inner values and their work and consumption.
Actions to achieve social sustainability may unlock new markets, help retain and attract business partners, or be the source for innovation for new products or services. The business sector has a vibrant power to correct the non-sustainable direction of modern society. Social sustainability is the day-to-day key for adapting to new living and working models.
But how can businesses allow a sustainable atmosphere that promote common well being?
BNCC supports a serie of events created to boost this dialogue inviting its members to the first event October 17th, 08:30 - 10:00 at Spaces, Oslo.
See more details and register to this event here.
Aker Solutions is combining their experience in developing and managing offshore projects to provide these solutions. The economy of scale is increasing the turbine size, which booms the global need for offshore floating wind. Aker Solutions will be a leading provider of offshore wind energy solutions, including planning, installation of the offshore wind farms, commissioning, operations, and maintenance services. Moreover, the company foresees a new era of ocean economy opportunities with energy production offshore.
The audience took the opportunity to ask several questions during the presentations and finished the session with an inspirational hope for the future of the energy sector. You can see the presentation here. BNCC appreciates the possibility of inviting our members and learning more about the innovative operations of this vital member.
By Larissa Slottet, BNCC
Last week BNCC and NHO gathered their members in a breakfast meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador to Brazil, HE Mr. Nils Martin Gunneng at NHO premises in Oslo. The Brazilian Ambassador to Norway, HE Mr. George Monteiro Prata was also present to do a short intervention on his perspective about the topics presented.
Tore Myhre, Director for International Affairs at NHO, welcomed the audience with more than 50 participants, representatives of diverse organizations and from the business sector. Ambassador Nils Gunneng started his presentation, that had a focus on the economy and the political development that influences economic growth.
Ambassador Nils Gunneng briefly introduced Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who took office on 1 January. He explained Bolsonaro’s campaign proposed economic policies that are positive and necessary, in a shared sense of what is expected for the economic policies in the county. Brazil is slowly recovering from a devasted recession. This period is difficult, takes time, and brings many challenges. Brazil is vast, and a continental tank is never able to turn directions overnight.
The Ambassador agreed that Brazil’s pension reform, which could pass soon, is essential to increase the economy. President Bolsonaro promised a different approach from the former government, with the liberalization of the economy. Besides pension reform, which could pass soon, the Minister of Finance and Trade, Paulo Guedes wants to propose other changes that could boost the economy: Tax Reform, Privatization of several state companies, and development of trade deals.
Ambassador Gunneng indicated confidence that pension reform will pass. With this reform in place, Brazil’s finance will save sufficiently to boost the economy. The fact that congress and government are talking so much about tax indicates that after the pension reform, the tax system will be the next step. Another piece of good news is the Mercosur-EU trade deal and negotiations with EFTA, that are developing further. Also, de-regularization for foreign investment went through the house. It will be less bureaucratic to establish companies in Brazil. All this shows that the Brazilian economy is not boosting but is moving to the right side.
Balanced with these hopes, however, are the ability of Bolsonaro’s team has to negotiate the proposed reforms and secure necessary support in complex Brazilian congress. The Ambassador shared his thoughts that conflicts between the government and congress can lead to a turning mood from the society. Also, the ability to deal with international agreements and trade partners is important.
When coming to values, Brazil and Norway are currently far apart on certain issues. The new government of Brazil consists of several people with lack of experience with formal politics and somewhat unrealistic prospects about what is possible and not possible to do. Some actual values defended by this government are unfortunately interfering in the good relation Brazil and Norway use to have. The current government of Brazil have very different values from what Norway is used to relate, and Norway is learning how to deal with these differences, explained the Ambassador.
After the intervention of the Ambassadors, a vibrant Q&A session took place. The audience wants to know more about the consequences of environmental politics and deforestation. Both Ambassador shared their perspectives about the topic. At the moment of the event, that was not official, yet that Norway would suspend its donations to the Amazon fund. The Norwegian ministry of climate and environment confirmed this decision in the evening following this event.
Several high-level executives have been present in this meeting. Taking advantage of his presence, the organizers invited Luis Araujo, CEO of Aker Solutions, who is Brazilian, to give an overview of the state of affairs in Brazil from the perspective of the industry. Araujo gently accepted the challenge and shared his views with the audience.
Araujo believes that Brazil is on the right way for boosting the economy. He gave us an example. Aker Solutions' plant in Brazil is the biggest and most modern subsea plant in the world successfully operating and exporting talents from the country. When considering business and economic measures, he is optimistic. As a manager, he tries to disassociate from day-to-day noise and concentrate on the potential of the country. However, he mentions that the government values matter and can influence the success of international businesses operating in the country.
Aage Thoen, chairman of BNCC, presented closing remarks remembering the importance of developing further a health relation in the commercial arena and keeping looking to Brazil as a country of in numerous opportunities to the Norwegian business sector.
A mingling session took place where members from BNCC and NHO could meet, exchange experiences and discuss their ideas.
By Larissa Slottet, BNCC