30 Mar 2017
Breakfast Seminar: The Ocean Economy
30 Mar 2017 7:30 AM - 10:45 AM Export to Calendar 
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The Royal Norwegian Embassy, in partnership with the Kongsberg Group,
and in cooperation with DNV-GL and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, has the pleasure of inviting you to a breakfast seminar on

The Ocean Economy
New Growth, Proud History

Thursday, March 30 | Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. Program starts at 8:30 a.m.
The National Guard Association of the United States
One Mass. Ave. N.W.

RSVP by March 23 to Daniel.Bolsveen.Nyhus@mfa.no

The Norwegian Government announced an Ocean Strategy, “New Growth, Proud History,” on Feb. 21. For marine countries such as Norway and the United States, the ocean is the new economic frontier. The ocean economy promises great potential for economic growth, technological development, innovation and job creation. Maritime transportation services play a key role.

The ocean is critical for solving some of our most pressing global challenges: Offshore energy resources, including a booming offshore wind energy industry, will help meet the world’s growing need for energy. Sustainable fishing and marine aquaculture will help feed the world’s growing population. Exploiting new assets such as marine genetic resources opens new horizons for economic development. Seabed mining will provide access to more natural resources. Maritime technologies and digitalization will have increasing importance for all these activities.

If we are to enhance the sustainable and long-term development of the ocean space, we need to discuss questions such as:

• How can we ensure that the various ocean industries learn from each other?
• How can the private and public sectors build capacity and partnerships to realize the ocean space´s vast potential?
• What role can digitalization, autonomous ships and green technology play?
• How do we strengthen international cooperation related to the ocean economy?

Draft Program

7:30 Breakfast and networking
8:30 H.E. Kåre R. Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S.
Welcome remarks
8:40 Hon. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), U.S. House of Representatives
8:50 Adm. Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
9:00 Ms. Birgit Løyland, Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
9:10 Mr. Geir Håøy, CEO, Kongsberg Group
9:20 Mr. Paal Johansen, EVP and Regional Director, DNV GL
9:30 Mr. Amund Drønen Ringdal, Director, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association
9:40 Panel conversation — Q & A
10:15 Adjourn
Moderator: Ms. Heather Conley, Senior VP and Director for the Europe Program, CSIS