NHO and BNCC Norwegian Business Roundtable Meeting

Using the opportunity of the visit of the Brazilian delegation headed by Mr. Pedro Wendler, vice-minister at Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, MDIC to Norway, NHO and BNCC arranged on April 12th, a Business Roundtable Meeting in connection with the so-called mixed economic commission between Brazil and Norway.bilde-61

This mixed comission commission between our two countries was established back in 1978, but not much has happened since then. BNCC recognized that such a commission was one of the clearest wishes from the Norwegian Business Society when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked out their country strategy for Brazil a few years ago. It is therefore considered a milestone in the constantly improving business relationship between our two countries. Therefore, together with the Embassy of Brazil and NHO, BNCC could not miss the opportunity to organize such an event, which was very successful with the participation of more than 40 people.

In addition to the Brazilian delegation of 10 people, the presence of other “celebratives” helped ensuring a successful event: Ms. Dilek Ayhan, Deputy Minister from the Norwegian Ministry for Trade, Industry and Fisheries, NFD; the Norwegian Ambassador in Brazil, Mrs. Aud Marit Wiig; the Brazilian Ambassador in Norway, Mr. Flavio Macieira; Mr. Erling Lorentzen, representing the Norwegian business society in Brazil; in addition to key Norwegian business people where present.

Mr. Peter Haas Brubakk, Executive Director Economic and Industrial Affairs of NHO welcomed to the Business Roundtable. The meeting was moderated by Mr. Harald Martinsen, President of BNCC. Interventions where made from major Norwegian Investors in Brazil: UMOE Bionergy, Yara, Norsk Hydro, Vard, Statoil, DNV-GL, Aker Solutions, Statkraft, DNB and Norwegian Shipowners Association. Following this, presentations on Investment Opportunities in Brazil where made by the delegation team. (Links to these presentations will be soon posted in this page).

A Network lunch was offered by NHO to round off the meeting.

BNCC was requested to send input to the Norwegian Ministry with relevant questions to the mixed commission meeting on last 13th. For the future, the idea is to invite business societies in both countries to participate in the commission meetings.

BNCC thanks all the participants and the fruitful collaboration with NHO and the Brazilian Embassy in Norway for the realization of this important milestone for the business relations between Brazil and Norway.