Doing business with Norwegian partners
There are many good reasons for doing business in Norway, such as the high level of education, high productivity, and a longstanding culture of innovation. Norway has one of the world’s strongest economies. High priority is given to knowledge development, innovation, technology and maintaining a sustainable business sector.
Norway is a world leader in the oil and gas, energy, maritime and seafood sectors. Companies in other sectors are also making their mark. Medtech, FinTech, Edtech and other technology clusters are flourishing.
Norwegian technology clusters, and centres of expertise innovation can provide foreign companies with specialist knowledge, relevant networks and potential partners.
It is easy to set up a business in Norway. This was highlighted in the ‘Ease of doing business 2016’ survey, where Norway is ranked sixth. In other words, Norway a very interesting country both for established companies and for start-ups.
Read more about the advantages of doing business and investing in Norway here: Invest in Norway.
Norwegian investment funds with activity in Sub-Saharan Africa
Norfund – The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries – invests in three priority sectors: Clean energy, financial institutions and food and agribusiness. Norfund is an active, strategic minority investor, which offers risk capital and expertise to help building sustainable businesses in poor countries. As of February 2017, Norfund is about to enter the Malawian market with its first investments in the food and agribusiness sector. Norfund has regional offices in Nairobi and Maputo.
Arise is a newly established investment company with a mandate to capitalize and stimulate growth in financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a collaborative partnership between Norfund, the Dutch investment fund FMO and Rabobank.