Newsletter October 2021

| Shanghai

Entering October, we enter China’s National Day Golden Week. The golden week (黄金周) is a week of some golden holidays in China, offering a soft start on a new month and a new Autumn season. We had several activities going on in September, shared with photos on our LinkedIn, Instagram and Weibo accounts. After the golden week, the Consulate is ready to kick-off several exciting new activities as well. Read on, to see what our newsletter for October brings.

The new travel app Reiseklar is now available
The new travel app Reiseklar can be downloaded via App Store and Google Play. Here you will find travel information for all countries that have a Norwegian diplomatic or consular mission. You can also register trips in the app, so that you receive information from the Norwegian authorities if a crisis occurs while you are travelling. Norwegians travelling abroad should also check whether their travel insurance is valid and what it covers.

Global travel advice to be rescinded as of 1 October
The global advice against non-essential travel to all countries with the exception of the EU/EEA countries, Switzerland and the UK, as well as certain countries and regions outside Europe, will not be extended after 1 October.

The withdrawal of the global travel advice is a step in the process of returning to normality but with a higher level of preparedness. The Ministry will now assess the various countries that are currently encompassed by the global travel advice. A list of countries for which travel advice will continue to apply after 1 October will be published on the government website before the global travel advice is rescinded at midnight on 30 September. After this, countries will be assessed on an ongoing basis.

You can read more about current rules and who is entitled to travel to Norway at present in this link: Travel to Norway

Questions and answers regarding entry to Norway can be found here: Questions and answers

1st of October: Friday beer
Klubb Norge invites to the monthly Friday beer and quiz night at Cotton’s, 132 Anting Road at 18.00.

14th of October: NBA Dinner Event: China’s GDPR
NBA is pleased to invite you to attend their dinner event discussing China's Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL). 1 November PIPL enters into force and even applies for companies outside of China.

Time: 18:00-21:00
Venue: F-3, Suzhou-Wuxi Room, River Wing, Pudong Shangri-La|浦东香格里拉大酒店浦江楼3楼苏州-无锡厅
Participation: Free for members; 700RMB/non-members (Western buffet and wines are served)
Registration: before 11 October.

More information about the event can be found here.

16th of October: NBA Tennis match night
Do you play or watch tennis? Would you fancy participating in a friendly tennis competition with your friends or colleagues? If so, this is the perfect event for you! NBA China and BI Norwegian Business School, with the support from Tennis X club are co-organizing the Tennis Cup Day at HTA Tennis Club. The event will create a platform for people to compete, to learn, to relax and to meet up with new minds.

Time: 18:30-23:00
Venue: HTA Tennis Club, 1000 Jinxiang Road (Parking slot available). HTA 网球俱乐部 金湘路1000号

Please note: Limited spots available (max. 25 slots for NBA Members), please register at your earliest convenience.

More info can be found here.

16th of October: Nordic PRIDE film screening in OctoberThe four Nordic Consulates General in Shanghai will on 16 October co-host the Nordic PRIDE film screening event at Goethe Institute in Shanghai. The day includes screenings of Nordic films focus on the LGBTQ topic. Representatives from Nordic and Chinese LGBTQ communities and companies will join several panel discussions. Among the movies that will be screened is the new Norwegian documentary Hello World (Hei Verden). The movie first premiered in Norway during the summer this year.

More information about the event and how to sign up will follow. Feel free to contact if you have any questions about the event.

18th of December: Save the date! – Mini Olympics for All 2021

The Consulate General is excited to announce that on 18 December it will co-host the Mini-Olympics for All 2021. The event is held in collaboration with Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), Innovation Norway (IN), Norwegian Business Association China (NBA) and United World Colleges (UWC). The games location will be at UWC’s school in Changshu, Jiangsu Province.

More information about the event will come, so stay tuned!

21st of October: NBA Dinner Event: Carbon Emission Peak & Carbon Neutrality in China
NBA China is thrilled to invite you to join a dinner event with Dr. Guoxiong Zhang, Network Director (Shanghai) and Head of Economic and Business Research (China) of Economist Corporate Network of (ECN) to discuss about new opportunities for global business during China's green transition.

Time: 18:00-21:00
F-2, Crystal Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Shanghai 上海金茂君悦大酒店2楼宴会厅
Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue Pudong. 浦东世纪大道88号金茂大厦
Registration: Please sign up by October 15th.

More information is available here.

22nd of October: Munch Museum opening in October

The Consulate General will with pride and excitement share with you that the new Munch Museum will open its doors on 22 October. It will be one of the world’s largest dedicated to one single artist. 11 new exhibition halls will allow visitors to access the most extensive collection of works by Edvard Munch in the world, with over 26,700 works in the collection. The location is on the edge of the Oslo Fjord, on a waterfront that will transform the city’s skyline. The official opening is Friday 22 October, at 5 pm (Oslo time).

More information about the Munch opening programme can be found here. The Consulate will cover the opening in Shanghai as well. More info about this will follow.

19th of November: The Norwegian Seafood Dinner - 12th Edition
NBA is delighted to invite you to the 12th Edition of The Norwegian Seafood Dinner in Shanghai, organized by NBA China and supported by The Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai.

Limited seats available, please register at your earliest convenience!

Should you be interested in sponsoring, or have other practical questions, please do not hesitate to contact NBA:

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Women in Shipping on the agenda in Shanghai
The maritime industry must recruit the best talents from the entire population to stay competitive and prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. However, only around 16% of those working in the Norwegian maritime industry today are women. The situation is the same globally. How can the gender balance in the industry be improved? This was the topic of Thursday’s event of Women in Shipping, co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai and Ladies Who Tech at ideaPod The Bund in Shanghai.

Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø, gave over 70 guests an introduction to Norway’s new policy to improve the equality and inclusiveness in the maritime sector. Director for International Cooperation and Climate at Norwegian Shipowners'​ Association (Norges Rederiforbund), Helene Tofte, introduced the principles and goals the industry works toward to achieve a better gender balance.

Norway’s Consul General Lise Nordgaard kicked-off the discussion with opening remarks, where she highlighted that closing the gender gap in the industry will both improve competitiveness and the necessary innovation. A big thank you to Yaling Liu from Kongsberg Maritime, Lucy Lu from ULSTEIN and 衣高洁 Yi from DNV. You provided great insights and inspiration from your experience working in the maritime industry.

Check out our LinkedIn and Instagram posts for more photos. Pear Video also released an entertaining video from the event.

Norwegian seafood at Heritage Eats Food Festival in Shanghai

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) sponsored the third Heritage Eats Food Festival in Shanghai 25 September. More than 3500 consumers were served unique dishes of Norwegian salmon, Arctic cod, mackerel, and cold-water prawns. They could try everything from “salmon bomb” to “mackerel with roasted pepper and eggplant sauce” and “Arctic cod with cheese risotto.”

NSC received a lot of positive feedback after onsite interviews of the consumers. The Norwegian seafood dishes were so popular that they quickly sold out.

Meeting with Pudong New District People’s Government

The Consulate General paid a visit to Pudong New District People’s Government on 27 September. The Consul General Lise Nordgaard met with Deputy Head of District Government Mr. Yang Chao. Mr. Yang gave a comprehensive introduction of the development of developing Pudong into an international center for finance, trade, shipping, consumption and scientific innovation.

Our post on LinkedIn from the visit can be seen here.

Visit to Shanghai Jiaotong University

The Consulate General visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 23 September. Consul General Lise Nordgaard was warmly greeted by the Party Secretary Mr. Yang Zhengbin and Dean of the School of Oceanography Prof. Zhou Meng. They all expressed strong intents in further deepening collaboration in ocean technology and climate change research, where both Norway and China have common challenges to address. The Consul General also stressed that it is important to bridge the gap between the Chinese university graduates and Norwegian businesses in China, as 80% of Norwegian companies in China are in the maritime industry, an area where Shanghai Jiao Tong University is particularly specialized.

See more from the visit in our posts on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Visit to Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce

The Consulate General visited Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce on 22 September. Consul General Ms. Lise Nordgaard met with Chairman Gu Jun of the Commission. Both appreciated the close and good cooperation between the Consulate, Norwegian companies and the Commission established so far.

Chairman Gu highlighted several opportunities for further cooperation between Norway and Shanghai. Consul General Nordgaard and Chairman Gu agreed that the cooperation could be further developed into new industries such as green technology, health care, New Energy Vehicles and winter sports. Representatives from Invest Shanghai were also present at the meeting.

Posts from the visit are available on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Consul General visit to Anhui

On the occasion of Anhui Agricultural Industrialization Trade Affair, Consul General Lise Nordgaard was invited to Hefei and received by Deputy Party Secretary Mrs. Cheng Lihua on 17 September. The visit included discussions about the economic developments in Anhui and the business opportunities for Norwegian companies in the province. A field trip was organized by Yara to visit retailers and farmers in Changfeng Country.

See more photos from the visit on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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