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Norway-Asia Business Summit 2019 Opens for Registration

The Norway-Asia Business Summit 2019 (NABS 2019), recently opened for registration. The summit, first organised in 1998, is today the most important meeting arena between Norwegian and Asian business leaders. The target audience is business and industry leaders, government representatives, technology innovators, business support organisations, experts and academia, international organisations and media. The objective is to strengthen trade and investments between Norway and Asia, and enhance cross border cooperation between leading institutions, companies and technology clusters.

The summit in 2019 will bring the frontiers in ocean-based industries together in Shanghai. The 2019 summit is organised by the Norwegian Business Association China in close collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Guangzhou and Innovation Norway. Important Norwegian and Asian business associations and federations support the summit.

The Ocean – Energising and Feeding the World

The OECD estimates that ocean-based industries could double their contribution to the global economy by 2030. At the same time the ocean is already under pressure as a result of climate change, overfishing and pollution. The ocean will be vital in meeting many of today’s major global challenges. By 2050, the world population is expected to surpass 9 billion. A rapidly growing population means increased demand for food, energy, transport and minerals. The sustainable use of the oceans and the maintenance of good environmental status can lead to significant value creation, and can enable us to meet some of the world’s most vital needs in the years to come. Maintaining healthy ocean environments is a fundamental precondition for business to operate in the long-term, and addressing current challenges provides a significant business opportunity. Norway-Asia Business Summit attracts innovation and leading technology for a sustainable ocean economy. Asia remains the engine of the global economy, and has an impressive growth in industrial high tech development. Numbers suggests that the region is spearheading adoption of industry 4.0 solutions.

Visit the NABS 2019 Website

Further information and participant registration can be found on the Summit Website

Summit Brochure

ASEAN-Norway Clean and Sustainable Energy Partnership Seminar 2019


The Royal Norwegian Embassy in cooperation with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Thai Ministry of Energy, Multiconsult ASA, Norway Connect and the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce is organising the NASEAN-Norway Clean and Sustainable Energy Partnership Seminar 2019 on Friday 4 October 2019 at a central location in Bangkok (TBC).

Purpose of the Seminar

Norway wishes to contribute positively to Thailand and ASEAN energy sector through awareness in Thailand and ASEAN of Norwegian technology and expertise, particularly in the clean and sustainable energy sector. The seminar follows Norwegian initiatives in 2016 and 2017 and targets Thai and ASEAN decision makers, the ASEAN and Norwegian energy related business sector, academics, researchers and media.

Format of the seminar

The seminar will discuss the prospects for a more climate-friendly energy supply securing sustainable growth in the region for the future. The first part of the seminar will talk about ASEAN energy cooperation and Thailand’s role as the facilitator during her ASEAN Chairmanship. We will touch upon Thailand’s Alternative Energy Development Plan with a reference of the country’s challenges to meet rising energy demand according to the industrial development policies such as Thailand 4.0 and ongoing massive investments related to the Eastern Economic Corridor. This part will also lead to a discussion on ASEAN’s policy development for energy cooperation, a more climate-friendly energy consumption, and how the energy market should be seen in a regional context with a backdrop against the global energy challenges, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The second part of the seminar will focus on the current clean and sustainable energy solutions as well as how Norway can play a supporting role on clean and sustainable energy development in ASEAN. Examples will be given by both Norwegian and regional technical experts and Norwegian businesses. Issues that could be discussed are national and regional grids and other infrastructure technology, the possibility of a regional energy market, renewable energy solutions and upscaling, as well as the comparatively advantages LNG can play for energy safety and the environment in the regional energy mix.

The latter part of the seminar will focus on opportunities and challenges of clean and sustainable energy as a secure and efficient regional energy sources. The discussion could be on how effective regional cooperation as well as supports by all relevant stakeholders, technology and know-how can safeguard ASEAN’s energy future.

A report of the findings from the seminar as well as recommendations for policy makers in ASEAN will be provided by Multiconsult ASA after the seminar.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Khun Paranee Jansawak by e-mail [email protected]

ThaiFex – World of Food Asia 2019

This year Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) will sport its biggest stand ever at ThaiFex from 28 May to 1 June 2019. ThaiFex 2019 takes place at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, close to Muang Thong Thani and is the largest fair of its kind in Thailand.  Norwegian Seafood Council’s stand is located in the seafood section of the “World of Food Asia” at IMPACT Challenger.

The fair attracts industry actors from all over the region and is a great venue for meeting existing clients or establishing new business relationships. The feedback from the Norwegian exporters that participated last year was very positive and the fair had a very high level of activity. This year’s Norwegian seafood stand will be completely generic and build on Norwegian origin. Participating companies will get their names and logos visible on the stand, and they will have the opportunity to share their own marketing material such as brochures. However, there will be no opportunity to exhibit own products or to distribute tastings. Norwegian exporters are welcome to use the facilities on the stand and also use it as a meeting place. NSC will also display current seafood products. New this year is a kitchen section as part of the booth to create attention through cooking demos and tastings. This will benefit the participating exporters. For more info about the fair see www.worldoffoodasia.com. Here, the participating companies must register themselves as visitors to access the fair. The registration is free.

On Monday, 27 May at 18.30 hrs, the Norwegian Seafood Council will hold a combined Norwegian mini seminar and seafood dinner at the Westin Hotel in Bangkok. Here leading players from the value chain in Thailand will also be invited. According to the Norwegian and Thai players who participated last year, this was a useful and successful event for the acquisition of market knowledge and networking, and a good introduction to the trade fair itself. The trade fair, seminar and dinner are free for Norwegian exporters.

Download the 2018 Exhibitor Catalogue

Qrill Aqua Presented at VIV Asia 2019

Norway Connect’s client Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS presented its superior product Qrill Aqua for the aquaculture industry in Thailand at the VIV Asia 2019 tradeshow. H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen, ambassador of Norway to Thailand visited the stand on 13 March 2019.

With more than 1,250 international exhibitors, VIV Asia offers a unique selection, including global market leaders and regional as well as national Asian players of growing importance. Professionals active in the production of meat, poultry, fish and dairy products were gathered at the exhibition held at BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok on 13 and 14 March 2019.

Picture shows Aker BioMarine staff and the ambassador at the stand: From left to right: Simon Seward, VP Sales, Qrill Asia, Panukorn Totubtim, Sales Manager, Qrill SEA, Gunhild Yksnøy, Marketing Development Director Qrill, Sigve Nordrum, EVP Animal Health and Nutrition, Ambassador Rødmoen, Paranee Jansawake, Economics Affairs Officer at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Thailand, Chaiyot Rawekchom, Sales Director Qrill SEA and Axel Blom, Director of Norway Connect.

About Qrill Aqua

Please visit the Qrill Aqua home page for more information on the product and read why Qrill Aqua is ideal for Thailand’s shrimp farming industry

Norway Connect enters co-operation with SubseaPartner AS

Norway Connect has entered into a representation agreement with the Norwegian company SubseaPartner AS from Haugesund, Norway, which has been granted Trade and Investment Support Office promotional privileges under Thailand’s Board of Investment.

SubseaPartner is a global IMCA diving contractor providing subsea solutions from surface to seabed. The Corporate Vision and objectives shall promote and deliver diving intervention well integrated in company project execution.

By using Norwegian Quality & Technology achieved through many years of operations in harsh arctic environment, the offshore and offshore renewable energy sectors will see efficiency and cost reducing elements when planning for divers access to the offshore asset. SubseaPartner delivers subsea services specialised in Air and Saturation diving through state of the at equipment and performing safety measurements to improve the operational efficiency.

Ole Morten Skogland, Chief Commercial Officer of SubseaPartner, said the company sees big potentials for diving operations to support the offshore installations in southern Thailand as well as in other oil and gas producing countries in the region.

Visit Norway Tourism Workshop 2019

The 2019 workshop featured almost 30 exhibitors as well as more than 100 local travel industry professionals at the Visit Norway Workshop in Bangkok which was held at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel on Friday, 25 January 2019. The exhibitors were also invited to meet the senior persons from the travel industry at the annual Norwegian Seafood Dinner on Thursday, 24 January 2019 held in the garden of the residence of H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen.

Next year’s tourism workshop is already being planned and is expected to be held on 17 or 24 January 2020. As always, this is a great opportunity for the travel industry in Norway to meet and discuss future business with the Thai outbound tour operators and travel agents. You can read more about outbound tourism from Thailand to Norway on our Tourism Sector Pages.

Download the 2019 Exhibitor Catalogue

Global Sushi Academy 2018

Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in cooperation with World Sushi Skills Institute is arranging the Global Sushi Academy 2018 from Monday, 26 November to Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at The Culineur at Emporium in Bangkok. Renowned Sushi Master Hirotoshi Ogawa and Director General of World Sushi Skills Institute will lead the training. The training programme includes theoretical training, a demonstration and hands-on training of how to make traditional sushi as well as a skills assessment, a written test and finally a traditional edomae sushi competition.

Please note that this is an exclusive programme open to maximum 20 professional sushi chefs with a minimum of three years’ experience. Participant selection is subject to NSC discretion and participation is free of charge.

To confirm participation, please fill in below registration form and send back to Khun Srivimon by 31 October 2018 via email to
joe(at)norway-connect.com.

Download the Invitation and Registration Form

Norwegian Fjord Trout Master Class


Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) is arranging a Norwegian Fjord Trout Master Class on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at The Culineur at Emporium in Bangkok. Norwegian Celebrity Chef and ex-NOBU Executive Chef Øyvind Næsheim will conduct the Master Class blending the tastes of Asia with superior ocean-farmed Norwegian Fjord Trout. The class is open to all professional chefs with an interest in developing their cooking skills using superior Norwegian raw materials. Participation is free of charge, but participant selection is subject to NSC discretion.

To confirm participation, please fill in below registration form and send back to Khun Srivimon by 31 October 2018 via email to
joe(at)norway-connect.com.

Download the Invitation and Registration Form