Digital meeting with MTR foods.

Ambassador takes a virtual trip to Bengaluru

Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund and Head of Innovation Norway in India Cristian Carter were all set to visit Bengaluru to meet Norwegian businesses and other partners in the city, but the visit had to be postponed due to an increase in the COVID-19 cases. This did not prevent Team Norway from going digital and conduct a week-long virtual trip with online meetings with Norwegian companies in Bengaluru and nearby states.

Meetings were held with companies including Hydro, MTR, Hexagon Composites, Catch of Norway, Kongsberg digital, Marinor, Tieto evry and EFD Induction.

“Digital Bengaluru” allowed Team Norway to engage in discussions about experiences, challenges and future plans of these companies, and promoting Norwegian-Indian business collaborations. Some of the questions addressed included how the companies can achieve sustainable growth, how we can make India an attractive market for more Norwegian businesses, how have the companies dealt with the effects of the pandemic and how can Team Norway contribute.

Following the week-long program Ambassador Frydenlund said, “Norway has a considerable footprint in the southern states of India with companies in the energy, IT, marine, maritime and food processing sectors, who all distinguish themselves in the Indian market. It has been useful listening to all the companies. All I can say is that the potential is great, and we will make sure we help bring Norway-India business ties closer with such initiatives. We hope to expand this concept to other Indian ciites as well. ”  

Team Norway is an initiative led by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries to enhance Norwegian business abroad through closer cooperation between different actors, such as the embassies, Innovation Norway and various support organisations. Local Team Norway groups are coordinated by the diplomatic missions where appropriate, in order to encourage synergies in the efforts to promote Norwegian businesses abroad. Members of Team Norway India are Embassy in New Delhi, Innovation Norway, Consulate General in Mumbai, Norwegian Business Association, Norwep, Scandinavian Tourism Board and Norway India Chamber of Commerce and Industry.