African economies are growing, and becoming more connected to the world economy than ever before. Still, many companies have not discovered the great business opportunities on offer In Africa. In 2017, Nor-Shipping, one of the world’s leading maritime events, will put Africa on the agenda.

“We are delighted to present the first Africa week to our delegates next year,” Birgit Liodden, Nor-Shipping director. “The goal is to create a high-quality platform for leading European and African maritime industry players to investigate business opportunities on the continent that represents the 2nd biggest growth market in the world.”

Africa@Nor-Shipping 2017
The program for 2017 has been dubbed Africa@Nor-Shipping 2017, and will represent the very first time that Nor-Shipping has featured a platform promoting mutually beneficial business opportunities between Africa and Europe in the maritime and ocean industries. A dedicated conference, Africa pavilion, and a social program with unique networking opportunities are all part of the Africa focus during Nor-Shipping week 2017.

A wide range of topical issues will be covered that not only represent key challenges and opportunities, but also highlight opportunities for improving sustainable business practices in the maritime and ocean industries on both continents.

North and South meet at the sea
Norway is host to a world-leading maritime and ocean industry cluster featuring cutting edge innovation, technology, competence and commercial solutions, and is a spearhead in implementing greener and more sustainable business practices in the global ocean and maritime industries. Africa@Nor-Shipping 2017 will provide an ideal platform for exploring new opportunities and partnerships between Africa, Norway and the Nordics in the maritime industries, matching Norway’s ocean industries expertise with the enormous growth potential and forward leaning business climate of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The basis for the 2017 African participation is an agreement between Nor-Shipping and two influential organizations, The Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) and AO Energy Consulting (AOEC).

Under the agreement, NABA and AOEC will partner with Norway Trade Fairs/Nor-Shipping in order to: “support and facilitate more business activity and improved business relations between the maritime and ocean industries in the Nordic countries and the African region, leading up to and during Nor-Shipping 2017”.

NABA and AOEC will also be pavilion co-organizers for the African Pavilion during Nor-Shipping 2017. Companies from Africa’s maritime sector are invited to contact NABA and AOEC to discuss taking part in the Africa Pavilion.