Category: AmCham News
“With increased transatlantic challenges, it is more important than ever for US and international companies to have a solid platform upon which to engage and rally local offices.” So stated AmCham Chairman Pål Rokke during the full-house annual member reception warmly hosted by US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jim DeHart at Villa Otium.
Rokke highlighted how AmCham, through a growing membership, new programs and working groups, committees and unique publications, has grown to become a leading bilateral chamber in both Norway and Scandinavia.
“AmCham’s Board of Directors and staff will forge ahead on issues where international companies can have positive local influence. In leadership development, in bolstering Invest in Norway and Invest in US initiatives with partners, within digitalization initiative focus, by supporting world-beating Norwegian and US products and services, and by engaging and educating policy makers,” Rokke said, before introducing Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
Having generously taken a few hours off paternity leave, the Minister eloquently addressed how the private sector can better help to facilitate innovation within the Norwegian educational system. He went on to emphasize the need to improve how students are prepared for the workplace.
To achieve this, the Minister said, there needs to be increased cooperation between companies and educational institutions, to ensure that students are gaining hands-on experience and that employees can learn new skills to remain relevant in the labor market. Enthusiastically, Røe Isaksen noted his express desire be personally engaged in such public-private sector undertakings.
After forging new business relationships, capitalizing on existing associations, sharing ideas, experiences and expertise, all guests received a copy of Nancy Bundt’s newly launched magazine, Real Norway – a beautiful and fascinating collection of images and articles focusing on Norwegian lifestyle, culture and heritage.