Earlier todat I was interviewed about Brexit on the Norwegian national news radio NRK together with the Director of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Ole Erik Almlid.
I taöked about the unsufficient Brexot readiness in Norway and how dangerous it is for an export country with time critical products, like fish/salmon, and with invested interest in a number of critical industries involved in complicated value chains with UK business – and with Brexit a few days ahead.
The NHO Director, Ole Erik Almlid supported my views and all I said about the need for Norway trading environment to make full speed ahead regarding Brexit preparations.
Today I delivered a Key Note about Brexit to Norwegian business at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).
NHO is Norway’s largest organisation for business.
It is time for Norway business to wake up and start preparing. With 43 days to Brexit and UK being the second largest trading partner (20% of exports) after EU, the Norwegian business community need to start preparing for life witout a FTA, with potential WTO tariffs and with trading routes through EU across the English Channel to UK. Norwegian traders needs to start the planning and preparations.
As being a non-EU country maybe Norway has had the feeling not having to change so much in trade relations with UK, but this fundamentally wrong.
Start preparing. There can be costs from 3-25% extra in 43 days.
On the other hand, of preparations are done correctly – it could become a competition advantage towards mainland EU competitors, especially since Norway also have a seaborder and own seafreight connections with UK.
Norway Govenment Lead Brexit negotiator, Atle Leilvoll was the other key note speaker at this full house event in Oslo.
One thing is clear, the Norway business community is not ready for Brexit yet.
With the Norway fish industry at the forefront of exports this is serious.
In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up – almost literally.
A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.
Not only does the innovative design give foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, it also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating ‘zebra stripes.’ Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla called for its placement in Ísafjörður after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India. With the help of street painting company Vegmálun GÍH, his vision became a reality.
Look at the amazing photos of the fascinating installment taken by Ágúst G. Atlason of Gústi Productions. Maybe you should ask for these crosswalks in your own city too.