Breakfast seminar: Navigating right for the future

The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (CCFN), Gambit H+K Strategies and AmCham organized in Oslo a breakfast seminar, on Wednesday the 1st of February, dedicated to the future of maritime defence in the High North and International cooperation.

Øystein Bø, Norway’s State Secretary (MoD), opened the seminar. He presented the long term plan for the Norwegian defence, capability (e.g. capability of investment) and sustainability (e.g. budget increase, modernisation) being the key elements of it. He also underlined the importance of international cooperation.

His address was followed by a panel discussion featuring Lars Saunes, Rear Admiral and Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy, Thomas Fraïoli, Commander of the French Navy & Analyst at the French Directorate of Defence Strategy, and Jim Dehart, Chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Oslo. They discussed the strategic, operational and industrial opportunities and challenges of the High North, before answering questions from the audience and the moderator, Kristian Norheim from Gambit H+K. Arctic will be a much more opened sphere in the coming years, with new economic opportunities but also challenges and security issues. 

The CCFN would like to thank all the participants and partners for this successful event.

We hope to see you as numerous (80 participants) as today at our next event. 

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