The NBA China’s History Wall being presented to Their Majesties

During the State Visit in Shanghai on October 18th, Their Majesties were presented with the History Wall by NBA China’s Chairman Christian James-Olsen and NBA’s leader of the State Visit’s Working Group Wenche H. Andersen

Their Majesties (left) listened to the presentation of Christian James-Olsen (right) and Wenche H. Andersen  (middle). Photo: Tim Haukenes

The History Wall was initiated by NBA China, with 40 Norwegian companies participating. It aims to demonstrate the development and achievement of Norwegian companies and organizations in China starting from 1880s. On the History Wall there were a list of Norwegian companies/organizations with visualized introduction, showcasing key milestones and achievements. The History Wall brought alive the great deliverables that have been achieved over the decades, and it well illustrates the great momentum of the bilateral relationship between the two nations, both official and industry-related.

Another Successful event of NBA China: China Economic Outlook

Wednesday 18 April the NBA China event, China Economic Outlook, was organized at Four Seaons Shanghai. In addition, the China-Norway Business report was discussed by several of the key contributors. Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen, held the opening speech.

“I am very happy to be back in China and I am pleased that the Sino-Norwegian relationship is back on track”, said Johansen, adding that this was his seventh trip to China.

Governing Mayor of Oslo since 2015, Raymond Johansen, is visiting Shanghai together with several Norwegian startup companies and Business Region Oslo to attend the China Shanghai International Technology Fair.

Dr. Shengjun Liu is a leading economist in China known for his focus on China’s economic reform. During the event the audience was lucky to listen to his opinions and analysis regarding the 19th Party Congress and its impact on China’s economic outlook.

“The current Chinese economic model is unsustainable. It is getting hardly possible to grow without effectively reforming the Chinese economic model”, Dr. Liu said.

In the second part of the event the China-Norway Business report was discussed by ThereseTrulsen (Wikborg Rein), Sigmund Bjørgo (Norwegian Seafood Council) and Michael Yang (Laerdal Medical). The moderator was Magnus Jorem, director at Nordic Centre at Fudan University

The business report offers an up to date insight of the business environment as well as some heated business topics in China. The topics includes Maritime industry, E-commerce, Management in China, political regulations, Energy, Seafood, Start-ups and etc.

NBA China Elects New Board during Annual General Meeting 2018

“Norwegian Business Association China is an important partner for Norwegian companies and the Norwegian government in China,” said The Norwegian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, in his opening remarks during the NBA China’s Annual General Meeting (AMG) of 2018 on the 7 March in Shanghai.

The main object of the AMG was to elect a new board who will spearhead the NBA and lead the organization forward. The newly elected board consists of Christian James-Olsen (Chairman), Morten Sten Johansen (Shanghai), Wilhelm Blomdal (Shanghai), Per Askeland (Shanghai), Ben Zhang (Shanghai), Rudy Hassam (Shanghai), Wenche H. Andersen (Shanghai), Dan Bjørke (Beijing), Willy Johansen (Beijing), Andreas Friis (Beijing) and Jon Eivind Stø (South China). The board is looking forward to developing the organization further and continue the many projects previous initiated.  

An important objective for NBA in 2018 will be to deliver benefits for our members, such as high quality events with one or two arrangements per month and networking opportunities. In addition NBA will increase activities in Beijing & South China and keep testing different forms of events. It has also been agreed to take a more active part in high-level visits from Norway to China as well as having a closer cooperation with other Nordic Chambers.

The Norway-China business report got briefly presented during the dinner by editor Magnus Jorem. A specific event covering the report in depth will be launched later by NBA.


CSR Conference in Shanghai

23rd of February NBA China in Shanghai together with BI Norwegian Business School invited members and friends for a CSR conference at the Langham hotel in Shanghai. CSR measures and activities have never been so comprehensive and strong. We must understand how CSR is transformed as it travels from North-Western economies to the Southern and Eastern hemispheres.


In order to understand this transformation, four key speakers were invited to share their knowledge. First up was Atle Midttun (Professor, BI Norwegian Business School) and Chen Wei (Senior Advisor, LO). They presented the findings from their competitive study about CSR in China and Nordic countries. Next up was Hanna Hallin, Sustainability Manager from H&M of greater China. Hallin demonstrated how H&M is making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. She shared with the audience how H&M are working towards their vision, that all clothes will be 100% recycled or from other sustainably sourced materials. Last up was Sherrie Xu, Sustainability, Environment and Accountability Manager at Microsoft. She presented how Microsoft is working with CSR in China, redefining the role of business in society.

After the presentation, the nearly 80 attendees enjoyed dinner from the Langham kitchen and mingling. NBA China thanks all the speakers for their interesting presentations, and BI Norwegian Business School for their kind sponsorship. We also thank everyone who attended the event.

NBA China: Crisis Communication with Tore Høifødt

This week, the Norwegian Business Association invited Tore Høifødt to hold a seminar on Crisis Communication. Events were held in both Beijing and Shanghai, on January 16th and 17th , respectively. Tore Høifødt is the Director of Strategy at Nordic Trust, and is one of Norway’s leading communication experts, with more than thirty years of experience. He has dealt with crisis like Brent Spar, MS Estonia and Deepwater Horizon.

What defines a crisis? How can one prepare for one, and handle it correctly when it occurs? These were some of the questions Mr. Høifødt discussed at the event. Mr. Høifødt exemplified his arguments by using well-known cases to emphasise his ideas. Applying his thirty years long experience in handling crisis communication, he elucidated key takeaways the audience could implement directly into their daily work. After his presentation, Mr. Høifødt opened up for questions and comments, engaging the participants, and their experience with crisis communication.

NBA China thanks Mr. Høifødt for an excellent and applicable presentation. The seminar was well received in both Beijing and Shanghai. NBA China sends their special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and the Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Shanghai for sponsoring this event.

Any questions regarding crisis communication? You may contact Tore Høifødt at [email protected]