Embassy newsletter February 2018


Dear all,

After a festive period over a very colourful Chinese New Year and a fantastic Winter Olympics, an exciting spring is awaiting the Embassy. In less than two weeks, the Annual Seafood Dinner in Singapore takes place at Raffles City Convention Centre at Swissotel the Stamford. There are still a few spots left; get in touch with NBAS within Friday 2 March to secure your place!

In April, we look very much forward to the visit to Singapore by the Minister of Fisheries, Mr Per Sandberg, who will attend the Norway-Asia Business Summit (NABS) 16-18 April 2018 on behalf of the Norwegian Government. We urge you to book your spot at the summit soon – we are in for a most interesting programme focusing on the rapidly changing political and economic landscape in Asia; on the possibilities and risks presented by digitalisation across sectors; and on the very dynamic start-up scene in this region.

Later in April, Norway together with Singapore, Germany and the Philippines, will organise the conference “Green Shipping. Blue Business. Moving Forward Together”. This conference, which is organised in the framework of ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting), will promote a green shift in all segments of the maritime sector. For Norway, as a leading maritime nation, the conference is an integral part of the government’s efforts to promote sustainable use of the oceans. From Norway, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr Ola Elvestuen, will attend. Other prominent speakers include IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim, UN Special Envoy for the Oceans Peter Thomson and Innovation Norway CEO Anita Krohn Traaseth.

We look forward to also showing the Minister, along with Deputy Minister Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, some of the excellent examples of cooperation between Norway and Singapore, be it between government agencies, research institutions or businesses.

For Norwegians abroad, we also encourage you to consider attending NBAS’ seminar on Norwegian Tax Laws on 15 March 2018, which is combined with the NBAS Annual General Meeting.

Lastly, we have very exciting news; there are currently two vacant positions at the Embassy, in addition to our 6-month internship. If you would like to work with us, we would be happy to receive your application! Please note that all applicants need to be fluent in both Norwegian and English. Read more here.  

And finally, but very importantly, we strongly encourage all Norwegians to register their stay in Singapore (long or short term) with the Norwegian Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on reiseregistrering.no. This is the system the Norwegian Government and the Embassy will use to communicate with Norwegians in case of an emergency. In addition, we will always strive to keep our web pages up to date and to communicate through social media. By registering, you are more likely to receive critical information. We also recommend you to make use of this system when travelling to other countries in the region or beyond. Please note that if you have previously registered by filling out the Embassy’s registration form, this registration is no longer valid. You need to register yourself and your family members on reiseregistrering.no.

Best regards,

Anita Nergaard, Ambassador