The embassies of Norway and Denmark jointly organized a successful delegation of Norwegian and Danish companies from May 28th to 30th 2013. The session gathered 17 Danish and three Norwegian companies, which participated in the business matchmaking initiative on green growth and clean technology. The Nordic and Bangladeshi companies engaged in one-to-one meetings to discuss potential business opportunities and possible partnerships.
Dr. Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Power and Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister, spoke at the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest. Highlighting the government’s initiatives to promote green energy, he said the government has given emphasis on sustainable energy growth through attaining energy efficiency in the country. "The government has designed a comprehensive power and energy strategy to achieve this target", he added.
The Danish and Norwegian companies were given designated tables for their one-to-one meetings with potential local partners.
The global entrepreneurs, especially the Nordic companies, have shown tremendous interests in the green development of Bangladesh.
“We have seen an overwhelming interest both from the Nordic green energy and clean-tech companies as well as their Bangladeshi counterparts. We believe that it would be the grounds for many great partnerships that were laid during the program” said Bayzid Sayeed, Program Manager of the Norwegian Business Match Making Program (BMMP).
The Nordic embassies organized more than 200 meetings with around 100 local companies at the matchmaking session on May 28th 2013.
Technologies represented include various forms of renewable energy including solar, biogas, and wind energy, efficient cooling systems, air filtrations, water treatment, innovative and efficient energy management systems.
The three companies from Norway were Norsk Biogass AS, whoose business idea is to be the supplier of world-class pre-treatment technology for efficient utilization of organic waste products in the production of renewable energy, Agrinos, a green technology company committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture, and A-Aqua AS, a leading international company in providing cost effective, field tested safe drinking water systems and sanitation solutions.
Chaired by Managing Partner of Asian Tiger capital Partners Mr. Ifty Islam, the programme was also addressed, among others, by the president of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh Shamim Ul Huq, Ambassador of Denmark Svend Olling and Norwegian Ambassador Range Birte Lund as special guests.
The Power & Energy advisor Dr. Chowdhury informed that the government is working for the extended use of different renewable energy such as solar, wind and biogas to achieve its target to transform 10 per cent of all energy to green energy by 2020.
There was ample time for casual interaction. (from left: Anna Oekkels - representative for Eurotex production Ltd, Karl Petter Høyning and Elise K. Grieg representatives for the Norwegian Embassy, Rasmus K. Westegaard Nielsen - representative for Damco GCC)