Åpning Waves of change

Innlegg ved statssekretær Dilek Ayhan, Nor-Shipping, 2.juni 2015

Good afternoon to you all!

What a pleasure it is seeing you all here at NOR-Shipping and to open the event Waves of Change.

First of all, let me say thank you to WISTA for organizing such an important event on one of the world’s most important maritime events.

During NOR Shipping 2015 we are setting the course for the years to come. The slogan of this year’s conference is: “50 years looking ahead”.

And the question is simply “What’s next?”

What will the next generation of shipping look like?”

Some things are certain in the foreseeable future:

  • Seaborne trade will be the major mode of international transport
  • The ocean and its resources will be a major contribution meeting a growing population’s demands.
  • And we know we will see an increasing demand for a more environmentally sound shipping as binding international regulations are put into place.

To face all these challenges we need competence and skilled labour.

And we need the skill and the competence of the wider population.

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A few days ago the Norwegian government launched its maritime strategy -where the main objective is to achieve a blue growth for a green future.

And as important, we need to provide the industry with the tools to handle developments they meet in the future by:

  • Continuing to develop new technologies.
  • Continuing to develop competences for a sustainable maritime industry.

Norway’s most important resource is the knowledge in our population.In fact, our Ministry of Finance has estimated that the present value of our future employment constitute 81 percent of our national wealth.

By comparison our petroleum assets are merely eight percent.

Then it goes without saying that we have everything to gain by cultivating our knowledge and skills.

If we are to take advantage of these knowledge resources it is crucial that we include the population at large regardless of age, culture and gender.

The famous investor Warren Buffet once said that the secret behind his success was that he was only competing with half of the population, given the lack of gender equality in the US at the time.

Since then, women’s entry into the work force has greatly contributed to the expansion of the world economy over the past decades.

I feel that I have more than enough backing to say that gender equality is a tool for growth, innovation and future success.

Over the past four decades, women’s participation in the workforce has increased substantially in Norway – contributing to the welfare state we see today.

That is why diversity in our work force and business life is important to the Norwegian government.

And it is also a personal dimension to it.

Before I became Deputy Minister I was an entrepreneur for a company, giving opportunities to young talents, with a foreign background, in Norwegian companies so that businesses could meet the demands of international competition in a globalised world.

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Dear friends!

I look forward to hear the upcoming speeches and the industry’s thoughts on the next generation of shipping – where diversity is a key ingredient.

I am also convinced that today’s conference will be a great contribution in terms of realising the full potential of the maritime industry.

It is a great privilege to introduce the captain of the ship today, our moderator, Mrs Carleen Lyden-Kluss, president of Morgan Marketing and Communications.

Thank you so much for your attention!

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