Message from our patron


I am
delighted to have this opportunity to convey warm appreciation to the members
of the Norwegian Irish Business Association for their ongoing work in promoting
friendship and business relations between Norway and Ireland. Our two countries share a wide range of views
and interests and cooperate closely on a variety of international issues. NIBA plays a valuable role in helping to
develop the bilateral links between Norway and Ireland and in highlighting the
mutual advantage for both countries from more intensive economic and business
links. I am very pleased to follow in
the footsteps of my predecessors and to continue the close cooperation which they had with NIBA in working to
develop closer business links between 
our two countries.

Angela O’Farrell


August 2013.


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Events program 2004 PDF Print E-mail



Ireland had the Presidency of the EU in the first half of the year (Jan - June 2004).
There were 18 visits by Norwegian Ministers to Ireland in this period, including: 
The Prime Minister, Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jan Petersen,
Minister of Finance Mr Per Kr. Foss,
Minister of Health Mr Høybråten, and
Minister of Transport,  Mrs Torild Skogsholm.

These visits will no doubt result in better knowledge and understanding of the opportunities which exist for bilateral partnership.
9 February – Annual meeting in NIBA (Monday)
The annual meeting took place in the Irish Embassy in Oslo, at 17.00 hrs.
A NIBA activity.

17 March - St. Patricks Day, (Wednesday)
Reception in the Embassy    
An Embassy activity.


20 March  - St.Patrick’s Day parade in Oslo (Saturday)
The parade also this year went from the Jernbanetorget at 12.00 noon, down Karl Johns gate and ended at the fjord side of the Town Hall.  Tehre was a strong participation by NIBA members. First prize in the lottery was a trip to Dublin with Braathens.
A St.Patrick Day committee activity, supported by NIBA.

23 March – The new EU country – Slovakia presented itself and its opportunities, to our members, from 10.00 to 12.00 am. Embassy address: Thomas Heftyes gt. Oslo.
A NIBA / EU-group activity. 

29 March – Opening of Documentary Film festival -  a reception was held in the Embassy as the EU Presidency.
The Festival took place during the week 29/3-04/4
An Embassy activity.

16 April - NIBA 10 Year Anniversary (Friday)
Reception in the Embassy
Dinner at Babette’s Gjestehus
A NIBA activity.

1 May 2004 – EU extends its member states with ten new states
– now a total of 25 member states.

3 May – Extension of the EU
Peter Sutherland (previously Irish Commissioner to the EU) spoke on enlargement of EU and EEA (EØS) at the University (Aula).
An EU Embassy and  Irish Embassy activity. 

4 May – “A Concert to mark the enlargement of the EU”, in Oslo Konserthus. 
An EU Embassy and Irish Embassy activity. 

26 May – ”How to work with Irish Agencies” – at the Irish Embassy (Wednesday)
A Business presentation   
Together with Enterprise Ireland and the Oslo branch of Norway’s ”Agentforeningen”, (part of HSH) we learned more about what opportunities there are and how to go about getting Irish agencies. Ireland has many interesting products to offer the Norwegian market, some with Norwegian contacts and some without. 
Richard Murphy from Enterprise Ireland and Herman Thrap-Meyer from HSH (Federation of Norwegian Commercial and Service Enterprises) made presentations, as did Kjell Berge, Managing Director of Thermo King, and Sigurd Heffermehl of SH-Eiendom og agentur. 
An Embassy activity.

16 June – celebration of Blooms Day (Wednesday)
This marked 100 years since ”the day” in Ulysses, one of James Joyce’s best known works.
A reception in the Embassy. 
An Embassy activity. 

August - Riverdance was performed in Oslo Spektrum 17 - 22 Aug.
No special activity from NIBA or the Embassy.

2 September – the annual Boat trip took place –
”same procedure as every year” –
M/Y Arondelle, at Aker Brygge
NIBA activity

20 September  -  “Workshop on New Opportunities for Norwegian-Irish Business Development and Co-operation”.
Hosted by the Ambassador in cooperation with the Norwegian Irish Business Association, Innovation Norway, Ireland's Industrial Development Agency and Enterprise Ireland.
A joint Embassy and NIBA activity.

22 September –”Comparison between the new EU and Norwegian consumers guarantees rights & Consequences for importers and exporters”.
Held in the offices of Advokatkontoret Brækhus Dege.
A joint EU Chamber meeting –

28 October – “Food and Culture, Scotland and Norway”. 
The Caledonian Society in Norway invited our members to attend one of their presentations.
Tove Haga from Trugstad Gård entertained the members.


2 December – “Julebord” at O’Reilly’s Pub i Markveien
 “same procedure as last year”!!
The host and his attendance did once again a great job  – and followed up the success from 2003.
A NIBA activity

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