The Norway-Asia Business Summit 2019 (NABS 2019), first organised in 1998, is today the most important meeting arena between Norwegian and Asian business leaders. The target audience is business and industry leaders, government representatives, technology innovators, business support organisations, experts and academia, international organisations and media. The objective is to strengthen trade and investments between Norway and Asia, and enhance cross border cooperation between leading institutions, companies and technology clusters.
The summit in 2019 will bring the frontiers in ocean-based industries together in Shanghai. The 2019 summit is organised by the Norwegian Business Association China in close collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Guangzhou and Innovation Norway. Important Norwegian and Asian business associations and federations support the summit.
The OECD estimates that ocean-based industries could double their contribution to the global economy by 2030. At the same time the ocean is already under pressure as a result of climate change, overfishing and pollution. The ocean will be vital in meeting many of today’s major global challenges. By 2050, the world population is expected to surpass 9 billion. A rapidly growing population means increased demand for food, energy, transport and minerals. The sustainable use of the oceans and the maintenance of good environmental status can lead to significant value creation, and can enable us to meet some of the world’s most vital needs in the years to come. Maintaining healthy ocean environments is a fundamental precondition for business to operate in the long-term, and addressing current challenges provides a significant business opportunity. Norway-Asia Business Summit attracts innovation and leading technology for a sustainable ocean economy. Asia remains the engine of the global economy, and has an impressive growth in industrial high tech development. Numbers suggests that the region is spearheading adoption of industry 4.0 solutions.