On 16-19 October a delegation of more than 20 representatives in the construction sector from Lithuania will be visiting Norway, seeking to learn more about the requirements and peculiarities of this Scandinavian country. Norway, where more and more Lithuanian construction sector companies are operating, remains one of the most promising destinations to develop business and provide construction services.
“It is projected that the construction sector in Norway will continue growing consistently, in particular a demand for residential and commercial infrastructure and, therefore, the market will be favourable for cross-sectors – architecture, design and interior decoration, construction materials and technologies, infrastructure and engineering”, – said Aivaras Knieža, Director of Export Department at Enterprise Lithuania.
According to Enterprise Lithuania, in 2016 Lithuanian construction companies in Norway provided services for 57.5 million Euros, which is one-fifth more than the previous year. Also, Norway is the second largest export market for construction services. Last year, Sweden stood first with export of construction services that reached 61.7 million Euros.
Participants of this trade mission will meet with potential cooperation partners during the B2B-Matchmaking, also good practice and experience will be shared by representatives of Norwegian and Lithuanian companies, the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority and the Federation of Norwegian Construction Industries.
“The purpose of this business mission is to help Lithuanian companies access the Norwegian market and to set correct expectations. The Norwegian market is essential for us both from financial and cultural perspectives – it’s an open economy, Norwegians are used to work with foreign business partners, also English is a widespread business language”, – said Audrius Masiulionis, Lithuanian Commercial Attache in Norway.
According to him, Norwegian construction companies are with high work culture, pay exceptional attention to smooth work-flow and work safety, and in return they expect the same from their contractors. In addition, to run a company, each company and its employees must be registered in the employer- and employee registry.