The cooperation between Norway and Singapore rests on strong economic ties – a dynamic business relationship in industries that are of key importance to both nations. While these ties remain at the core of what we achieve together, our cooperation has expanded into a more comprehensive relationship. In short, you might say that Norway and Singapore started out a long time ago as successful business partners – but that we have since then added a lot to that equation.
The best thing about being Norway’s Ambassador is to be associated with all the good work being done by the Norwegian business community and their Singaporean partners. Singapore is Norway’s most important business location in Asia and our main gateway to the markets, ideas and dynamism of South East Asia. Together, Norwegian and Singaporean companies are aiming high. They set out to define tomorrow’s solutions and services for the maritime industry, offshore oil and gas, renewable energy and a wide range of other industries. More than 220 Norwegian companies are established in Singapore. We stand ready to help these companies succeed and aim to be an accessible partner, along with other members of Team Norway here at the Embassy – Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Seafood Council and the Norwegian Business Association (NBAS). The Embassy also offers fast and service-minded consular services to all Norwegian citizens in Singapore.
When Norway orientates itself towards South East Asia, Singapore is among our first ports of call. Singapore, on their part, looks to Norway as a partner in the Arctic. This adds to the political dimension of our relationship, a dimension which is also marked by common interests in free trade and navigation, and in a predictable global order.
The key to Norway’s success in Singapore lies in creating good synergies between the many companies, agencies and individuals which constitute our footprint in Singapore. If you are a Norwegian in Singapore, or a Singaporean who takes an interest in Norway, do not hesitate to contact me or my team at the Norwegian Embassy. We enjoy what we do and take pride in nurturing an ever more important relationship between Norway and Singapore.
Tormod C. Endresen