The Arctic Institute is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in relation to the upcoming Arctic Business 2014 Conference in Bodø, Norway, on 8-10 October 2014.
The agreed partnership includes providing detailed information on current and projected developments in and surrounding the Arctic, as well as assistance with the conference’s Executive workshops.
In February 2014, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association – representing the interests of more than 160 companies in the maritime and offshore industry – announced their plan to organize an Arctic by business, for business conference in Bodø. Their intention is to go beyond the regular Arctic headlines into the actual and potential opportunities that exist in the region, while also identifying barriers and challenges to these opportunities. The conference will further provide an excellent venue to develop new partnerships in tandem with Arctic topics.
In preparation for the conference, The Arctic Institute will deliver content and data on current and future states of affairs in the Arctic with respect to business, politics and future scenarios. This will serve as background information and provide a starting point for discussions at the conference. The Arctic Institute will also provide support during the conference, helping to organize and report from the different expert groups that will convene to deliberate on topics of relevance to Arctic businesses.
The conference itself will run from October 8-10 in Bodø, separated into industry sessions, executive workshops, and a meeting of the Arctic Business Council, to be followed by a “take-away” session. Located 1.5 hours by flight from Oslo, Bodø is the second largest city in North Norway, with a growing business community and strong links to several industry sectors. The North Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Headquarters, and the University of Nordland with its High North Bodø Graduate School of Business are all located in the city.
The agreed partnership is one of several steps The Arctic Institute is taking in Norway to increase its outreach and scope of work by establishing both consultancy and research services. To date, The Arctic Institute has been active in both the Arctic Frontiers Conferences and the Arctic Dialogue, held in January and March, respectively. We have also collaborated with other Arctic-engaged actors such as the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the University of Tromsø: the Arctic University of Norway.
We welcome this opportunity to collaborate with the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and believe this alliance will open for a fruitful future cooperation between the two partners.
For more information concerning this year’s Arctic Business Conference, have a look at the conference webpage.
Logo: Norwegian Shipowners’ Association