President of BNCC, Minister Giske, President Kongsberg Group Walter Qvam, BNCC Board member Even Aas Kongsberg Group at the naming ceremony for ”SIEM PENDOTIBA”.
Headed by Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, a business delegation of more than 140 people visited Rio 16 – 19th February. The large turn-out of Norwegian business people shows the deep and broad interest Brazil attracts not only in the oil- & gas field.
The program included a series of seminars from “How to do business in Brazil” to more specialized workshop on research cooperation, architecture/urban planning and underground storage of oil. During the week the offices of SINTEF and Norway Maritime House were officially opened and two Norwegian owned offshore service vessels were named. The Minister met with various high-ranking Brazilian officials and business people as well as the Board of NBCC, the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Rio.
Opening of BNDES seminar with Minister Giske and BNDES Director Bittencourt presiding
The program included important seminars like the financing seminar at BNDES and the oil and gas trade talks with an exchange of views from Brazilian and Norwegian sides. Presentations are available at the website of NBCC:
How to do Business in Brazil http://www.nbcc.com.br/2011/02/25/how-to-do-business-in-brazil-conference/
The president of BNCC, Terje Staalstrøm, accompanied the business delegation in Rio and had the opportunity to meet a number of BNCC’s members. Following the visit to Rio, Staalstrøm accompanied the Minister to São Paulo, where a luncheon organized by the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in that city gave possibilities for strengthening the relations between BNCC and the local chamber.
Comments from participants indicate that the result of the trade delegation met with expectations. A realization of the complexity and cost of setting up new business in Brazil was however common as well the need for competent local professional assistance, in particular on the legal and accounting side.
Minister Giske meeting Board of NBCC in Rio