We are in an exceptional moment of our lifetimes right now. We know that the current situation is very challenging at a number of levels. Of course, first and foremost, for individual patients who are affected and their loved ones. But also, for the entire healthcare system and broader Norwegian fabric of life. Our society is in lockdown, with the strictest and most radical measures Norway has seen in peacetime in place. Our daily lives have been turned upside down – and the coherence of communities has been put to a major pressure test.
I am aware that many of you have had to make really tough decisions over the last couple of weeks, in order to adapt your organizations and businesses to these unprecedented circumstances. The crisis we are collectively going through will change the landscape for several industries for years to come.
In this challenging situation – I wanted to take a moment and share my deepest gratitude for all the great work you are all doing to help our society in Norway in our joint battle against the coronavirus. I am so proud and humbled by all that I have heard from Jason and read about your incredible contributions in the press. Thank you!
We are a pioneer group of companies in AmCham – the best in our fields for innovation, in science, in technology, in logistics, and in several other important areas. I am confident with our expertise we can make a tremendous contribution when our community needs us most. Let’s continue creatively finding solutions to problems big and small that will make a difference, with a deep respect and support for our colleagues and friends who have lost their jobs, and our frontline employees who are putting themselves at risk every day to help our community.
The situation remains challenging and likely will remain so for the foreseeable future. Not one of us can do this alone, it is only together, in supporting each other and our public partners, we will win.
Thanks for your resilience. I am super proud and honored to have this opportunity to serve you.