On June 28, the signing of the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union (EU) marked headlines worldwide as part of a wider Association Agreement between the two regions.
The new trade framework will consolidate a strategic political and economic partnership and create significant opportunities for sustainable growth on both sides, while respecting the environment and preserving interests of EU consumers and sensitive economic sectors. Read the press release from the European Commission here.
Apex-Brasil (International Trade Development Brazilian official organism), laughed a newsletter "Brussels Connection" , which summarises the principles of the agreement with a detailed explanation of how tariff quotas should be for Mercosur, as well as a step-by-step process of EU ratification. The "Brussels Connection" covers contextualised news on the topics of the moment in the European Union and its possible impacts on trade relations with Brazil. Read it (in Portuguese) here.
We visited the factory where Aker Solutions engineer the products, systems, and services that help the world meet its energy needs. In addition to the visit, we planned a company presentation to our members, that will take place on September 3rd. Save the date if you want to learn more about Aker Solutions' operations in Brazil, as well as their perspective in Offshore Wind and Carbon Capture.
In the picture: Patricia Medina is a board member of BNCC, representing Aker Solutions. During her career in the company, she held management positions within project management and manufacturing focusing on the operational side of the business. Patricia now works as Vice President of Manufacturing at Tranby Technology Centre which is one of Aker Solutions’ most modern facilities for manufacturing of subsea equipment. With our Executive Director, Larissa Slottet.
The seminar Brazil and Norway Ocean Industries outlook and regulatory framework, organized by Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and Abran, with the support of BNCC and NBCC, on June 6thwas a success. The seminar gave an overview of the Brazilian maritime transport and offshore market. The panel of discussion included representatives from the Norwegian Maritime Department and Norwegian Maritime Authority to share their views on the maritime shipping industry, green shipping and digitalization. From the Brazilian side, representatives of the Brazilian Maritime Court, ANTAQ and the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The audience also participated with questions and insights, reflecting on what each country could learn from each other, sharing knowledge and experiences.
BNCC was happily represented at Brazil@Nor-Shipping today. It was a great success! Several relevant speakers, including business representatives and Brazilian authorities, discussed great business opportunities and partnership between Brazil and Norway in the Ocean industries. Amazing arena to meet inspiring people!
A joint board meeting with the boards of BNCC (Oslo) and NBCC (Rio) took place on June 3rd at Innovation Norway, Oslo.
In the occasion, the chambers discussed how they could cooperate to benefit members and how to improve these benefits.
It was a productive morning session, with many good ideas and insights from both sides, that will soon become a common strategy.
BNCC 2019 Annual General Meeting took place at Yara International, Oslo, and Aage Thoen founder and owner of the Thoen Shipping Group, was elected the new president of the chamber. Three new board members were also elected for the period 2019-2020.
Mr. Thoen holds BSBA and MBA degrees and is trained as a banker and held leading positions in DNC and Aker AS. He held executive positions as President of the Lorentzen Skips Group and Star Reefers Inc, London. Furthermore, he also has elective board positions such as Chairman of Bank2 and NYK-STAR Pool Inc and member of the Boards of Privatbanken ASA, Ivaran Lines AS, DSND ASA and lastly past boardmember of the Norwegian Shipowners Association and currently Chair of Oslo Shipowners association. On occasion, he presented a new strategy for BNCC aiming to increase the visibility and relevance of the chamber as a facilitator and support team for business development between Norway and Brazil.
A new board was elected, and new members of the board are Ms. Patricia Medina, representing Aker Solutions; Tommy Bjørnsen, representing DNV GL; and Esben Tuman, representing Yara. The new board and executive team now consists of Aage Thoen (Thoen Group), Aleksander Skaare (Scatec Solar), Celma Hellebust (Hellebust Int.), Esben Tuman (Yara), Ida Stuve (DNB), Jan Tore Linstad (The Kongsberg Group), Ottar Hermansen (Innovation Norway), Patricia Medina (Aker Solutions), Silvana Polich (Embassy of Brazil), Tommy Bjørnsen (DNV GL), and Tor-Ove Horstad (Norsk Hydro). And executive director Mrs. Larissa Slottet.
The ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. George Monteiro Prata invited the board of directors of BNCC, the director of the Latin America session at the Norwegian Foreign Affairs, Haakon Gram-Johannessen and former board member at BNCC, representative of NHO, Katarina Satersdæl for lunch at his residence.
The annual lunch at the residence of Brazil has becomes a tradition. This is the third year that the ambassador invites friends of Brazil for discussing better ways of collaboration and impulse the commercial relations between Brazil and Noway.
The ambassador took the opportunity to welcome Aage Thoen as new indicated chairman for the board and for pay a tribute and gratitude for the many years that Harald Martinsen dedicated to this mission.