The NCCI launching ceremony, held at Westin Hotel in Dhaka, was attended by the Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, the Honorable Minister of Commerce Mr. Faruk Khan, as well as the three Scandinavian Ambassador’s (Denmark, Norway and Sweden). The event was facilitated by the President of the FICCI, and the presidents of BGCCI and the president of AMCHAM participated as special guests. More than 200 guests attended the event.
The first Annual General Meeting of NCCI was held earlier the same day. During the AGM special thanks was extended to the temporary committee, the founding members, and to the sponsors. The newly elected committee of NCCI was announced and received a warm welcome. It was noted that the setting up of the NCCI reaffirms the close and reciprocal relationship between the Nordic countries and Bangladesh. The launch of the Chamber is a significant initiative that will help enhance the strategic partnership between the Nordic countries and Bangladesh.
In his speech the Norwegian Minister Mr. Erik Solheim commended the initiative, and emphasized the need for a strong voice to represent the common interests of the Nordic Business Community in Bangladesh. He praised the strong economic growth of Bangladesh and reminded the audience of the many successes already achieved by Bangladesh, as well as the great scope for increased growth and trade. The close cooperation between the Nordic countries, based on democratic values had been instrumental for development. In fact the Nordic Model based on a system of compromise between Government, Business and Civil society was highlighted as key for economic success. He also told the audience about the newly started Norwegian business-matchmaking program in Bangladesh, modeled on the successful program that Denmark has been running for several years.
The Minister of Commerce firmly supported the praise given by the Norwegian Minister Mr. Solheim regarding the potential of Bangladesh. He further emphasized the resilience of the Bangladeshi people, the strong and impressive economic growth and the great potential that lies ahead for increased growth and trade. He also remarked on the positive influence that the Nordic companies can have in setting good examples regarding democratic values in business procedures with local counterparts.
The three Ambassadors, Svend Olling, Ragne Birte Lund and Anneli Lindahl Kenny from the Nordic countries represented in Dhaka, extended their warm welcome to the Committee and their strong support for the NCCI.