The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all Norwegians and people with a connection to Norway to celebrate the Norwegian Constitutional Day, 17 May. This year, we are honoured to have our Ambassador, H.E. Ms. Kjersti Rødsmoen, offer a celebratory message to everyone.
“On 17 May Norwegians everywhere celebrate our culture, freedom, and constitution of 1814. We celebrate our democracy and constitutional monarchy. We take pride in our welfare state where income distribution and gender equality has brought social stability and economic prosperity. While war in Europe is affecting everyone’s lives, the Norwegian economy has recovered well from covid-19.
Norwegian businesses in Thailand have reason to be optimistic; Export of seafood to Thailand continues to set records, something we will mark next week with a high-level political visit. Also, Norwegian-Thai engineering is doing well. Last week I witnessed the sail-off of an offshore wind platform for its journey from Lam Chabang to the North Sea. It is proof of Norwegian expertise transitioning to renewable energy from traditional oil and gas. And in telecommunications a merger involving a Norwegian partner-company will create a new telco technology company.
The prospects of a free trade agreement between the (European non-EU) EFTA countries and Thailand are now better than ever. An official launch and first round of negotiations will hopefully take place next month. Such an agreement will improve market conditions and facilitate trade and investments. It will also comprise sustainable development, an area where Thai businesses impress in their search to reduce emissions. Norway supports Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green ambitions.
Thai-Norwegian relations go back to King Chulalongkorn’s visit to Norway in 1907. I have had the honour of cooperating with his great-great-granddaughter, Thanpuying Sirikitiya Jensen, who has kept history alive by tracing his footsteps and documenting them in exhibitions and books. She symbolises how people-to-people connections continue to flourish among Norwegians and Thais. Dear fellow countrywomen and -men; A very happy national day to you all! May the ties between Norway and Thailand continue to benefit our well-being and happiness.”
The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce proudly presents a celebratory page in Bangkok Post’s Business Section on 17 May 2022. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to our May 17 Activities’ Sponsors for their contribution to our communication campaign.
We hope that all of you are safe and are having a joyful day with your family and loved ones. Although we have to celebrate this day different from the previous year, we would still like to invite all of you to celebrate the day virtually with us via Facebook and Linkedin.
Lastly, we would like to encourage you to join us in our virtual celebration by sharing your May 17 Celebration posts or create your own congratulatory message for the occasion by using our hashtags #NorwegianConstitutionDay #TNCC. Let’s share a joyful moment together! Let’s celebrate for the Norwegian Constitution Day!
The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce Team
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