Event: Norway China Innovation and Investment Conference-FinTech and Green Solutions for a Smarter Future
Time: November 27, 2017
Venue: Shangde Hotel, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Service: 2 x Simultaneous Interpreters (EN/CN) + SI Device (200 Headsets)
Norway eyes green cooperation with Shenzhen
2017-November-23 Source: Szdaily.com
The Norway China Innovation Investment Conference, focusing on FinTech and green solutions, was held in a Futian hotel yesterday and attended by leading companies from both Norway and Shenzhen.
The conference was co-organized by the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou, Innovation Norway and the Shenzhen Internet Finance Association.
It is the second year in a row that Norway has held this conference in Shenzhen, aiming to build closer cooperation between Norwegian companies and their counterparts in Shenzhen, and to explore investment opportunities.
Stale Torstein Risa, consul general of Norway in Guangzhou, said the Norwegian Government has set ambitious goals to promote the green development of the country.
For instance, Norway is contributing to the Paris Climate Agreement by targeting a minimum of 40-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. Currently, 97 percent of the electricity used in Norway comes from renewable energy — mainly hydropower — and the country aims to become a low-carbon society by 2050.
“Norway has a long and proud tradition in emphasizing sustainable economic growth. However, we still need to explore opportunities to do more. In this regard, the investments made by Chinese companies are important for encouraging entrepreneurship and startup businesses in green technologies, FinTech, health care and other areas,” Risa said.
According to Risa, when cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area start to look at collaborating on smart solutions for the whole bay area, Norwegian companies can also make contributions to the fields of renewable energy, waste management, maritime transport, digitalization and smart city solutions.
“Today we’d like to tell the Chinese business owners that these are the areas you should come to Norway and look. Take a look at what we have and see if we have a role to play in your development,” he said.
Leading enterprises in Shenzhen, such as BYD and Huawei, were invited to the conference yesterday. Ivan Cao, chief of staff at BYD, said the company will deliver two electric buses to Norway this year and it is also hoping to promote its monorail transit system in the country.
Cao said the Norwegian Government has adopted a positive attitude towards new-energy vehicles, which will facilitate BYD’s expansion into the Norwegian market.
Data from the Norwegian Statistics Bureau shows that a total of 100,000 e-cars had been registered in the country by the end of 2016, up by over 40 percent compared with the previous year.
Norway now has the highest per-capita number of electric cars in the world, and the government plans to fully ban the sale of fossil-fuel cars by 2025.
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