The NEVA 2017 Norwegian National Pavilion will be jointly organised by the trade department of the Norwegian Consulate General in St. Petersburg, together with the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, bringing together industry professionals and providing an effective platform for establishing business contacts.
The creation of a Norwegian National Pavilion at NEVA 2017 has been largely due to the urgency of the challenges facing Russian fishing industry business:
The fishing industry generates an annual income of circa 15 Billion Rubles for the state in the form of taxes, yet the fishing fleet is in dire need of renovation and modernisation. At present, the Russian shipbuilding industry is not fully prepared to take on this task on its own. Here lies the rather serious potential for cooperation between Norway and Russia.
The Norwegian shipbuilding industry has a long and rich tradition of historical dependence on the welfare of the sea fishing and navigation population, due to its geographical location. In total, in Norway are more than 60 shipyards and more than 400 manufacturers and suppliers of equipment for the Navy. Construction of fishing vessels occupies a large share of the total portfolio, with builds and equipment supplied to domestic market and foreign buyers alike.
According to representatives of the Norwegian business, supply of innovative marine and fishing equipment at Russian shipyards can help in the task of updating the Russian fishing fleet.
Photos for publication courtesy: Innovation Norway St. Petersburg. Royal Norwegian Consulate General
Authors: CH / Innovation Norway, Siv Nærø / Innovation Norway, Heidi Widerøe / Innovation Norway