About the Myanmar-Norway Business Council
Based on the increasing interest among Norwegian businesses coming to Myanmar, the initiative was made to set up the Myanmar-Norway Business Council. Until the legal framework for foreign chambers of commerce in Myanmar has been clarified, the Council is set up as a sub-chapter of the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, with the support of H.E. Ambassador Ann Ollestad. The Council was also endorsed by Jotun, Statoil and Telenor, three of the leading Norwegian companies in Myanmar. The Council was formally convened in 2015.
The Council seeks to reach its goals through the following activities and functions:
- Host regular networking events for all members. The events are intended initially to be on a quarterly basis. The Norwegian Embassy in Myanmar is invited to present updates at the membership events
- The Council seeks to host special networking events to coincide with official representation or delegations visiting from Norway
- An annual Norwegian Constitution Day event will be held every 17 May
- The Council acts as a coordinator and facilitator between businesses and the Norwegian Embassy in Myanmar
The aim of the Council is to facilitate growth in trade and investments between Norway and Myanmar, through a forum for businesses to exchange ideas and experiences, and to provide networking opportunities. The Council believes that Norwegian companies has an unique opportunity to contribute positively to the development and modernisation of Myanmar, while at the same time creating sustainable and profitable business opportunities for Norwegian companies. Norwegian companies entering Myanmar will face high expectations from both the local business community and the local government.
Norwegian companies are expected to bring state of the art technology and business methodology, while being role models in responsible businesses. To some these expectations can be seen as challenges, but to most of us these represents opportunities and gives Norwegian companies a strong competitive advantage in the market. Norwegian companies will be able to showcase the principles of decent work, corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. On behalf of the Myanmar-Norway Business Council, we welcome Norwegian companies to visit Myanmar, and to learn more on the opportunities Myanmar can offer.