Not applicable to abolish sanctions against Russia now

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"Not applicable to abolish sanctions against Russia now. Even though there is business circles' dissatisfaction" - this is what Norway’s Minister of Industry and Trade Monica Mæland says during her visit to Moscow on 20 April 2017.

But there is hardly any doubt that Monica Mæland's visit to Moscow in connection with the reunification of the Norwegian-Russian Economic Commission is the most visible sign that the links between the two lanes are slowly moving back to normal.

The Norwegian-Russian Commission for Economic Cooperation met in Moscow on Thursday 20 April, for the first time in almost four years. At the same time, the government and Norwegian industry argue about the sanction policy that Norway is involved with in Russia.

Now Norwegian politicians are now on their way back to Russia. Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg attended a fisheries conference in St. Petersburg in June 2016, and at the end of March 2017 Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende met his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov in Arkhangelsk on the occasion of a conference on the Arctic.

The full article published by NRK news channel (in Norwegian language) can be downloaded by clicking on the link here

Norway’s Minister of Industry and Trade Monica Mæland representing Norwegian business in Moscow on 20 April 2017

FOTO: JURIJ LINKEVITSJ

Joint Norwegian-Russian Economic Commission in Moscow on 20 April 2017

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"Restrictions are usually introduced as preventive measures (for example, against money laundering, corruption, terrorism financing). Trade sanctions, however, create a tension for both the authorities and the business community as they restrict something we all basically want more of, namely trade" - writes Liv Monica Stubholt, partner at the law firm Selmer and NRCC's President, in today's Aftenposten. The full article in Aftenposten (in Norwegian language) can be downloaded by clicking on the link here

In April, Norway’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Monica Mæland, travels to Moscow to resume high-level talks on economic cooperation between the two countries.On Thursday 20 April, Monica Mæland meets Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, during the meeting of the Norwegian-Russian Economic Commission in Moscow. NRCC will be represented at the meeting by Liv Monica Stubholt, NRCC Chair of the Board, Jarle Forbord, NRCC managing director, and Rolf Fiskerstrand, NRCC Board member and CEO of Fiskerstrand Shipyard (also acting as representative for Norwegian maritime industry). 

Roundtable Meeting in Karelia on 20 April 2017 

Karelia-aqua-2The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Akvaplan-niva, in cooperation with the Norwegian Consulate General in St. Petersburg and Karelia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will on Thursday 20 April organize a roundtable meeting in Petrozavodsk focusing on aquaculture development. In addition, general business collaboration with the Karelian and Norwegian industry is on the agenda. The roundtable meeting is implemented with financial support from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia Breakfast seminar «Anti-Corruption and human rights» - 29 March 2017

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On 29 March, Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce and BDO invited NRCC members to a Russia breakfast meeting «Anti-Corruption and human rights» with representatives from Kværner, BDO and Responsible Business Advisors (RBA). The focus of the meeting was on the responsible business conduct and anti-corruprion measures. 

The breakfast seminar was chaired by the NRCC managing director Jarle Forbord. The presenters were Beate Hvam-Axelsen, Head of Compliance Kværner, Arnt Knudsen, Executive Vice President, Kværner, Kirsten S. Natvig, advisor, Responsible Business Advisors (RBA), Mads Blomfeldt, partner, BDO Forensic Services.

Mads Blomfeldt presented anti-corruption measures. Kværner presented their integrity policy on Corruption and Human Rights. RBA as well as the two other presenters, insisted that the point with international standards is not to discourage companies from entering complex environment, but rather to increase the companies´ awareness of the risks, and increase their capacity to tackle them in a responsible way. Presentations with practical knowledge from companies were followed by discussions and debates with the audience.

NRCC members can watch video recording from the meeting (please note that only NRCC members with activated accounts on the NRCC website can access the video recording).

 

NRCC Maritime seminar in Murmansk on 21 March 2017

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On 21 March, the NRCC and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Murmansk region conducted a maritime seminar in connection with the visit of the “Ålesund Maritime Cluster”.
This is part of a NRCC maritime development program for designated companies in order to strengthen and enforce the ties between the Norwegian and Russian maritime industry. Special focus: Renewal of Russian fishing fleet.

The program is supported by Innovation Norway, and will continue in Russia Far East, St. Petersburg/Leningrad Oblast and Kaliningrad.

Participating companies: Fiskerstrand Yard, Havyard, Mustad Autoline, Mørenot Fishery, Optimar, Rapp Marine, Rolls-Royce Marine, Scana Propulsion, Teknotherm and Triplex

Se the links below for TV interviews on the Russian TV channels.

1. TV company "TV 21" http://www.tv21.ru/news/2017/03/21/v-murmanskoy-oblasti-poyavitsya-130-novyh-sudov

2. TV company "Arctic TV" http://xn----7sbhwjb3brd.xn--p1ai/tv-novosti/dlya-rybakov-rossii-i-novegii-net-granic-dlya-sotrudnichestva

3. TV company "Russia 1" - regional edition Vesti Murmansk http://murman.tv/news/42223-v-murmanske-otkrylsya-rossiysko-norvezhskiy-semi%20nar-po-razvitiyu-sudostroeniya.html

 

High North Dialogue 2017, April 5 – 6: Innovations in the Arctic

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Worldwide interest in the Arctic is increasing. Changing ice-conditions, regional growth and international geopolitics have placed the High North at the center of attention.

Preliminary program here.

Information on registration here.

On April 5-6, the High North Center for Business and Governance at the Nord University Business School invites you to participate in the High North Dialogue 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is Innovations in the Arctic.

For thousands of years, humans have braved the harsh conditions of the Arctic and found their home and means of subsistence in the circumpolar north. The Arctic region with its rich resources has long been a source of industry, trade and value creation, ranging from centuries of whaling to modern-day high tech data centers. The Arctic has seen industries rise and fall, and the people living in the region have adapted accordingly. Today, almost four million people live above the Arctic Circle. It’s a region of great diversity, faced with great changes. New ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship is key to assuring thriving communities and value creation in the North.

On April 5 – 6, 2017, we invite you to join us for two days dedicated to innovations in the Arctic: The High North Dialogue Conference 2017.

Since 2007, the High North Dialogue conference series have brought together Arctic leaders – present and future – to discuss the dimensions of the changes taking place in the Arctic. Set in Bodø – the second largest community in North Norway and gateway to Lofoten – the High North Dialogue 2017 will provide you with a different perspective on the future of the Arctic. 

The speech of the Norwegian State Secretary Marit Berger Røsland during NRCC breakfast meeting on 3 March 2017

NRRiks-logoCC Russia Breakfast meeting with the Norwegian State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marit Berger Røsland took place on 3 March at the premises of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. The topic of the meeting was Norwegian-Russian relations: The way forward.

The full version of the State Secretary's speech (in Norwegian) is available on the official website of the Norwegian Government, please follow the link:

https://www.regjeringen.no/no/aktuelt/tale-russisk-handelskammer/id2541503/?utm_source=www.regjeringen.no&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Tale%20p%C3%A5%20norsk-russisk%20handelskammers%20frokostm%C3%B8te

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