The annual Summer Party organized by the CCFN and Oslo International Hub took place Thursday 25th of August in our premises at Oscars gate 27 in Oslo.
More than 150 participants from the French-Norwegian business community joined the Summer Party.
The concept of this day is to create a French market in which several of our members present their products/services and offer food tasting. Our partners at this event were Pernod Ricard Norway; Meetings & Events by Club Med; Peugeot, Citroën, DS (Bertel O. Steen); Oliviers&Co, Salma; Sarrazac, MaPoule; Yoplait; Chef Gouttebel; Kervelo bike; Mustela; Tara Anthun and Institut Français.
A quiz was organized with many prizes to win, generously offered by our partners, including a Club Med all inclusive 7 nights' holiday for two people in any Club Med Sun resort anywhere in the world.
We thank the French Ambassador to Norway, H.E. Jean-François Dobelle, all our partners and all the participants for making this Summer Party such a successful event.
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce and its Board has just initiated an ambitious project to assess potential for a Post COP21 French-Norwegian cross industry collaborative approach to Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). This project comes as a natural follow-up on the energy value chain decarbonisation ambition set by both France and Norway during the COP21 summit. Recent CCS initiatives struggled because of the low CO2 price in Europe. The originality of our project is to focus on a sustainable business model connected to the utilization of the CO2 on a cross-industry and transnational frame.
We organised the 7th of June in Pau a workshop dedicated to discuss this issue with all French and Norwegian stakeholders. We managed to gather 40 top representatives from 25 companies and organizations from the whole value chain: Gas users, CO2 emitters, Oil & Gas operators, Technology providers, State entities (French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy), financial institutions and Service firms. Quality of presentations from all the experts and debates allowed us to define a new scope of work and time line for our project.
For further information about this project, please contact Ludovic Caubet, Managing Director - email@example.com
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce brought a Norwegian delegation to Pau on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June in cooperation with INTSOK, Pôle Avenia, the French-Norwegian Foundation and the Norwegian Embassy. Norway was for the first time the official guest country of the annual event “Les Rendez-vous Geosciences” organised by Pôle Avenia.
In paralel to conferences and BtoB meetings, the CCFN organised a workshop on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). 40 French and Norwegian top representatives from 25 companies and organizations of the whole value chain discussed the potential for cooperation: Gas users, CO2 emitters, Oil & Gas operators, Technology providers, State entities (French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy), financial institutions and Service firms. This workshop is part of an ambitious Post Cop21 CO2 value chain project that the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce has recently initiated.
The Norwegian delegation has also been received at the city hall of Pau.
Reception at the Pau city Hall with H.E. Rolf Einar Fife, Norwegian Ambassador to France.
The following day, on the 8th of June, Total's main R&D center, CFTSJ, hosted the Norwegian delegation.
Statoil and Total presented their R&D programs and all Norwegian companies had the opportunity to pitch a selection of French potential partners, including experts from Total.
Total host in its R&D centre Pangea, the world’s industrial most powerful computer: 6.7 petaflops, equivalent to 80,000 individual laptops combined!
This first business trip to Pau was a success. Promising cooperation between companies has been initiated and we identified new opportunities to go further with this project.
We thank all our partners who helped us to set up a very rich program. INTSOK, the national agency promoting Norwegian Oil and Gas capabilities in international markets gave us a highly motivating feedback: “We appreciate the fantastic support we get from the Norwegian – French Chamber of Commerce. They have become a key driver in the French –Norwegian cooperation in the Energy business. We wish them the best of luck with their CCS initiative.” Werner Karlsson, Regional Director Europe, Middle East and Engineering Hubs.
On May 26th the French-Norwegian Chamber of commerce co-organized with Oslo Chamber of Commerce an international forum with a “fish and champagne” cocktail.
This forum focused on the internationalization from two points of view, with the presentation of Ekornes and Oslo municipality.
Trine-Marie Hagen, CFO of Ekornes presented the successful internationalization of the company, which is now the largest furniture producer in the Nordic countries.
From another point of view, Geir Lippestad, Oslo municipality´s new commissioner for Industry and Ownership, told us about Oslo’s strategy to be better at fostering entrepreneurship, startups and attract foreign companies.
This seminar, attended by around 80 persons, was followed by a cocktail and a short presentation of two Pernod Richard Champagnes and a degustation of fish tapas.
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce organized in collaboration with Paris & Co a Learning Expedition with the Innovation Managers of 25 Main French Companies (Airbus, Total, Michelin, EDF, Orange…) in order to introduce them to the innovation ecosystem in Norway.
The program started on April 4th with the visit of Oslo’s main start-ups incubators (MESH, Sentralen and Oslo StartupLab), Oslo Tech and the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, in order to present our cross-industry projects and accelerator role for French companies in Norway to the delegation. In the evening they had dinner at Frognerseteren in Holmenkollen, with the presence of H.E.M Jean-François Dobelle, French Ambassador to Norway and H.E.M. Rolf Einar Fife, Norwegian Ambassador to France.
On April 5th, the French delegation participated to the first French-Norwegian Open Innovation Forum, with interventions of professionals on how to generate innovation in Norway, and a succession of Start-up battles. Both Ambassadors participated to the forum.
The various interventions showed the Norwegian innovation ecosystem as well as the collaborative management functioning in Norway, and also what France can learn from Scandinavian design in the digital area. The forum was animated by 4 sessions of “Start-up battles”. A selection of 12 Norwegian Start-ups had the opportunity to pitch their projects to the French Corporates for 3 minutes and then answering questions. Viva Labs, from the Oslo StartupLab incubator won the battle with their Smart Home concept and will have the opportunity to enjoy a one-month soft landing program at a Paris&Co incubator free of charge.
The delegation participated then to the Subsea Valley Ice Breaker cocktail organized for the opening of the forum, with the theme « Energy for Innovation – Innovating Energy ». The evening ended with a French After at Mesh incubator.
The Learning Expedition ended on April 6th with the participation of the group to the opening of the Subsea Valley Conference 2016, with the Petroleum and Energy Minister Tord Lien, and Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre. By the end of the morning, still as part of the forum, Albert Meige, founder and CEO of Presans, animated a MasterClass on the theme of « Open Innovation in a Digital World ».
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Business in Africa organized on the 8th of March a Seminar, based on French-Norwegian collaboration for succeeding on new markets in the French-speaking Africa.
The seminar gathered around 60 participants, with the presence of Arnaud Vaissié, co-founder of International SOS and chairman of CCI France International, and H.E. Jean-François Dobelle, recently appointed French Ambassador to Norway.
The various presentations highlighted the business opportunities and success factors in French-speaking Africa. They also pointed out the mains aspects to deal with regarding legal aspects or responsabilities in this market.
The Chamber would like to thank all the speakers for the quality of their presentations.
We will organize a follow-up of this seminar later this year.
La Chambre de Commerce Franco-Norvégienne, la Chambre de Commerce Franco-Finlandaise, ANSA Paris, l'Association Å, le club Franco-Finlandais and NPIP would like to thank those who participated yesterday at the afterwork Franco-Nordique at Njutbar.
A special thanks to Melissa Forss for doing an interesting and motivational speech!
Six years ago Melissa decided to sell all her belongings, pack her suitcase and move to France. As a reward for all the enthousiasm and optimisms she has, Melissa got hired by Google six months before her graduation. Melissa told us about her experiences as a Nordic expat in France and the importance of breaking out from your comfort zone.
Many thanks to all the participants of our seminar “Consequences of the COP 21 Paris agreement for companies in Norway“ organized on the 21st of January in collaboration with Science Po Alumni Norway.
The panel, moderated by Amir Sasson, Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, was composed by Terje Osmundsen, SVP Business Development at Scatec Solar, Marius Holm, General Manager at ZERO, Per Anker-Nilssen, Senior Advisor Innovation and Business Development at NHO and Hedda Felin, VP Safety, Sustainability and Compliance at Statoil.
After the recent COP21 held in Paris a few months ago, aiming at containing global warming, the discussion yesterday was about energy transition and opportunities connected to this game changer for companies in Norway and Norwegian companies abroad. All speakers greeted French diplomacy for the success of the Paris agreement. Jean-Marc Pommeray, first counselor of the French embassy in Norway underlined the fact that Norway was very important during the negotiation. In Paris, Norway was indeed perceived as a main partner.
We debated about the role the Norwegian Pension fund could play to set new standards for a greener economy, the breakthrough of solar energy in many parts of the world and opportunities for new companies, small niche actors or traditional Oil & Gas operators to invest in this cluster, on the consumers’ side the importance of the world's most influential companies committed to renewable power (RE100 project), the role of gas in the transition to replace coal…
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will arrange a follow-up on this topic during the year and integrate opportunities connected to the Energy transition during our seminar “French-Norwegian cooperation to develop business in Africa” to be held in Oslo in March.
Breakfast briefing about ”International Companies and a Changing Norwegian Tax Landscape” organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Norway and Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma and in partnership with the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, the British-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian-German Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday 10th of September held the second edition of ”Les Business Lunsj” in Sjømagasin Tjuvholmen in Oslo, on the theme of Digital Transformation.
What does it take to master Digital Transformation?
Digital mastery is a combination of two separate but related dimensions: “Digital capabilities” which is the investment in technology-enabled initiatives to change how the company operates, and “Leadership capabilities” which creates the right conditions to drive digital transformation throughout the organization. Digital Masters are companies that use digital technologies to drive significantly higher levels of profit, productivity and performance.
Karl Thomas shared with our guests elements of a research conducted in collaboration between Capgemini Consulting and MIT Center for Digital Business as well as his past experiences in this domain.
We thank the Event committee of the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Champagne Mumm and restaurant Sjømagasin Tjuvholmen for the organization of this event.
To start off the new year, the CCFN in Paris invited all members to a New Year’s cocktail on the 12th of January. The venue for this event was the Galérie Sylvie Le Page, where the Norwegian painter Bjørn Strandenes was currently presenting his exhibition “Nordic Lights”. In addition to the beautiful paintings, we were also so lucky to have received wine from Norwegian wine producer Katharina Mowinckel from Château K and lovely salmon prepared to us by SALMA.
The turnout was great and we could not have imagine a better start to the year. Thank you to everyone who showed up!
INTSOK, GEP AFTP, in cooperation with the French Norwegian Chamber of Commerce and the French Norwegian Foundation, organized a Forum to develop further French-Norwegian cooperation for Oil & Gas Subsea solutions and Marine operations, and introduce solutions for cleaner production. The event took place on May 28th, 2015, at the Pôle Léonard de Vinci (La Défense, Paris)
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Find the presentations from the speakers below:
28 May 2015 , Geir Solli, Senior Vice President, Det Norske
28 May 2015 , Jean-François Letellier, Senior Vice President Projects, Engie (GDF SUEZ)
28 May 2015 , Jean-Marc Letournel, Group VP Business & Technology, Technip
28 May 2015 , Artem Lytkin, VP Technology Strategy, Research & Innovation, Aker Solutions
28 May 2015 , Jon Myran, Head of Best Practices, BW Offshore
28 May 2015 , Bruno Ferreol, Engineering & Technology Director, Paris, Subsea 7
28 May 2015 , Bjørn Søgård, Director Subsea and Floaters, DNV GL
28 May 2015 , Espen Bostadløkken, Head of Global Sales, Siemens
28 May 2015 , Ingvar Grøtberg, Manager Field development, FMC
28 May 2015 , Tor Eivind Moen, Vice President, ABB
28 May 2015 , Torbjørn Hegdal, Business Development Manager, SEABOX
28 May 2015 , Nicolas Descazeaud, Key Account Manager, Schneider Electric
28 May 2015 , Ivar Knutsen, Vice President Special Projects, VARD
28 May 2015, Martijn de Jongh, Chief Designer PSV/MPSV of Ship Design & Systems, Rolls-Royce Marine
28 May 2015, Patrick Belenfant, Senior Vice President, Bourbon
28 May 2015 , Kristian Helland, Product Manager, Cranemaster
28 May 2015 , Bernt Schjetne, International Sales Manager, PREZIOSO Linjebygg AS
28 May 2015 , Jan Butte Ulvin, International Manager, Glamox
28 May 2015 , Spencer Collins, Sales Manager Subsea Construction, Kongsberg
28 May 2015 , Odd Gustav Kvalvåg, Managing Director, Deep C
28 May 2015 , Erik Christiani, Project Engineering Manager, EMAS AMC
28 May 2015 , Christer Bjørnø-Husa, Senior Business Development Manager, Xait
"We also appreciate the fantastic support we get from the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce . They have become a key driver in the French –Norwegian cooperation in the Energy business. We wish them the best of luck with their CCS initiative."
Werner Karlsson - INTSOK
«Fransk-Norsk Handelskammer gjør mye, og har sin fulle del i en større enhet som jeg har ansvar for å koordinere. Ambassadens økonomiske rådgiver, UbiFrance /AFII, FNHK, Frankrikes Eksportråd i Norge, BPI France (Frankrikes offentlige investeringsbank) og de franske regionene er en del av denne store gruppen. Målet er åpenhet og løpende dialog, slik at vi sammen kan øke Frankrikes utenrikshandel.»
"The FNCC helped me in my approach of the Norwegian market and allowed me to succeed with my entrepreneurship project in Norway, thanks to its contacts. The FNCC is a major platform for business relations between France and Norway due to both the experience and the expertise of its employees."
Director of Sarrazac AS
"Siden januar 2009 har Fransk-Norsk Handelskammer tatt seg av lønnsadministrasjonen for vår struktur i Norge. Fransk-Norsk Handelskammer gir oss rask service av god kvalitet, og vår kontaktperson gir oss alltid raske tilbakemeldinger, minner oss på visse tidsfrister og oppdaterer oss på viktig informasjon.
Jeg er svært tilfreds med samarbeidet vi har hatt med FNHK i flere år nå, og håper at dette samarbeidet fortsetter lenge."