At the inauguration ceremony. From the left: Mr. Ifty Islam, H. E. Ragne Birte Lund, H. E. Dilip Barua, H. E. Svend Olling, Mr. Steen Gade and Mr. Arild Klokkerhaug.At the inauguration ceremony. From the left: Mr. Ifty Islam, H. E. Ragne Birte Lund, H. E. Dilip Barua, H. E. Svend Olling, Mr. Steen Gade and Mr. Arild Klokkerhaug.

Successful Speed Dating For Potential Nordic-Bangladeshi Business Partnerships

Last updated: 26.09.2012 // A joint delegation of nine Danish and two Norwegian companies visited Bangladesh from September 9-12. At the introductory speed-dating event in Westin Hotel, no less than 65 Bangladeshi companies attended, meeting with the Danish and Norwegian companies for the establishment of new business partnerships in the area of agriculture, aquaculture and food technology.

Ambassador Lund emphasized how combining the best of the “Norwegian mountain- and fjord logic, the Danish no-mountain logic, and the Bangladeshi river-logic”, could create value for all involved parties. “It is fascinating that know-how and capacities in the Northern and arctic zones can be adapted to improve the quality of products, develop new ones, and even more so contribute to safeguard the environment and food security that is so crucial in Bangladesh”, she said.

Photo: Anders Gjengedal/www.visitnorway.com  .Photo: Anders Gjengedal/www.visitnorway.com
 

During the delegation’s stay about 110 meetings were held between the Nordic companies and potential local partners, seeking long term partnerships in research, information sharing and investment. Proudly introducing Bangladesh to their companies, the two embassies of Denmark and Norway are “ready to support the spurring partnerships between local and Nordic countries”, as the ambassador of Denmark Svend Olling put it at the inauguration ceremony, hosting the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a great number of business leaders. The participants were encouraged to be open minded, as Bangladesh is a country both of huge possibilities and major challenges.

Among the most pressing issues in Bangladesh is food security. The fact that most Nordic companies work within the food processing and food security industries, opens up for important potential gains for all involved partners. The objective of both the Norwegian Match Making Program and the Danida Business Partnerships is to establish sustainable and profitable business ventures between Norwegian and Danish and Bangladeshi companies, reducing poverty in Bangladesh through increased employment and growth.

Both Norwegian companies expressed that the visit to have been highly constructive in terms of learning more about the challenges and opportunities in Bangladesh. The Embassy and the BMMP will follow up with them and the companies they met and visited in Bangladesh.

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