NORWAY-ASIA BUSINESS REVIEW
ISSUE 3 2017
31 Rakhine Violence Threatens Myanmar’s Stability.
President of NBAS, Leo Stornes reflects on Asia’s growing importance.
34 Myanmar’s Energy Sector is set to Power Away. The aim is to light up the whole country by 2030 at the latest.
8 SPECIAL REVIEW 8 Marinetrans, a ship spare parts forwarder with its headquarters in Singapore, is thriving despite tough times in the industry.
Singapore sports the highest concentration of Norwegian businesses in any city outside of Norway. We meet Anita Nergaard, Norway’s new Ambassador to the Island Country. Page 6
10 President of Thome Group, Claes Eek Thorstensenon how the Group keeps up with changes in the shipping industry. 12 Yara Birkeland, the first autonomous zero emission ship initiative is ready to sail.
Singapore welcomes a new Norwegian Ambassador, Anita Nergaard.
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14 Nordea’s Corrado Lillelund Forcellati reflects on the fresh beginnings between Norway and China. 16 In the relation between ASEAN and China, lessons can be learned from China’s relation with Europe. 20 Meet the new Norwegian Ambassador to Malaysia, Gunn Jorid Roset. 22 Malaysia has seen an influx of Norwegian investments. Salcon Petroleum is ready to help. 24 Aibel Thailand proves Thailand’s skilled workforce can compete on a global level.
36 Thailand is taking steps in becoming the regional leader in electric vehicles .
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38 A couple of decades ago we had never heard of data centres. Now we store everything ‘in the cloud’ and Eltek is ready to take command. 40 One of the most successful Norwegian companies in Thailand is Starboard. We talk to CEO Svein Rasmussen. 42 When you’re thinking about relocating to Asia, education is a prime focus. We look at schools in Thailand and Singapore.
44 The newly-crowned best fintech company in Europe, Funderbeam, is setting its sights on Asia.
We follow Aibel’s Johan Sverdrup module on its long journey to Norway. 46 The 2017 Seafood Dinner in Kuala Lumpur.
51 STATISTICS Norway and Asia
52 DIRECTORY Norway in Asia
S P E C IA L R EVIEW
The maritime industry is undergoing drastic changes. We look at some changes set to revolutionise the industry. Pages 8-13.