#CHANGEMAKERS was the theme of the 5th Annual Norwegian-Lithuanian Business Forum. The Lithunian-Norwegian Chamber had invited some big names and experts in the field of change management, technology and the environment to discuss opportunities from transitioning to sustainable economy.
Norwegian Ambassador to Lithuania Karsten Klepsvik pointed out that Norwegian companies are among the largest investors in this country, employing thousands of Lithuanians. "Norwegian companies appreciate a highly skilled and motivated Lithuanian workforce and the market that is close to the key EU markets," he said.
Birgit M. Liodden, Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication of the Oslo Business Region, addressed the many challenges and bold steps that Norway and Oslo have taken in transiting from an oil revenue based economy to a sustainable model that emphasizes continued economic prosperity. She shared her unique insights and know-how that the Norwegian capital has managed mobilising the business community to deliver on Oslo’s climate budget and the European green capital project.
Closer to home, Thomas Morgenstern, Vice-President for Governmental Affairs at Tomra Group, explained how his company went about inventing the "reverse vending machines", the plastic bottle recycle machines and then implementing it European markets and later around the world. "It is a real success story," according to Morgenstern, who said that it was one of the smoothest implementation plans achieved within two years.
Martynas Rusteika, Chief Communications Officer at Global BOD Group, demonstrated that a solution for high electricity bills is owning your own little power plant. Solar panels are affordable and payback is relatively quick, he said.
Yara International, a leading fertiliser manufacturing company, took some bold steps. Liz McNamara Hundere, Director for Change Management and Supply Chain Transformation, showed a soon-to-be completely autonomous ship, a world's first that raises the bar very high in sustainability standards.
The programme had a festive tone this year as the Chamber marks its 10th anniversary. The baritone Stein Skjervold and the pianist Dovilė Bagdonaitė opened the Forum with a serene vocal performance presented against a background of Norwegian and Finnish photographs, a project about seniors and nature.
The festive tone of the Forum came to a conclusion when Stein Ove Sektnan of Super Office introduced a Norwegian dance trio from the Frikår Dance Academy accompanied by the violinist Hallgrim Hansegård.