Embassy newsletter October 2016
Norway and Singapore go back a long time, but we will remain important partners 50 years from now – we are partnering for the future. This was an important message when H.E. President Tan and Mrs Mary Tan visited Norway on a State Visit 10 to 12 October. The visit focused on business, knowledge and Arctic Affairs. Norway and Singapore reinforced their maritime partnership and entered into 10 other agreements on collaboration in research and development. In Tromsø, President Tan got a chance to experience Norwegian science capabilities in the High North.
Last week, Innovation Norway hosted a group of Norwegian exhibitors to the ITB Asia travel fair. Asian tourism to Norway is really taking off, in the period from 2014 to 16 we have seen a 20 % increase in what seems to be an ongoing surge in Asian interest to visit our beautiful country!
On 15 November, we repeat our annual Policy Brief, this time hosted by our good friends at NBAS. We focus on developments in Indonesia and Myanmar and opportunities for Norwegian business. If you wonder what is happening in in these important, yet challenging markets, you have a chance to engage with Norway’s ambassadors in Jakarta and Yangon. Succinct briefs are followed by a reception – please bring your partner or friend along and join us for this interesting and enjoyable evening.
In September, the Singapore Norway Chamber of Commerce (SNCC) was established in Oslo. The SNCC aims to promote business relations between Singapore and Norway. During the State Visit, a MoU was signed between the new Chamber, Singapore Business Federation and Innovation Norway to this end. Erik Borgen, former president of NBAS, has been elected as the SNCC’s first Chairman - contact him if you would like to engage with SNCC.
If you would like to be part of Team Norway, an exciting position is now opening up at the NBAS Secretariat. Our much appreciated colleague, Ingvild Doyle, is relocating and NBAS is seeking her successor, see link below.
At this time of year, there is a lot of hard work but also some important social events on the calendar. The “Lutefisk” takes place Friday 11 November. The Seamen’s Mission fabulous Christmas Bazaar will open Saturday November 12. No need to look further for this year’s Christmas presents. The week after, on Friday November 18, Norway House invites to their annual Friends of Friends party in support of childcare and education in Cambodia. In other words, no lack of opportunities if you would like to meet up!
Tormod C. Endresen
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore
16 Raffles Quay
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (exit I)
Tel.: +65 6818 2000