On May 8 evening the Norwegian-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania celebrated their 10th anniversary in style in the Old Town Hall (Rotušė) in Vilnius evening.

With a purple-pinkish background colour for the evening’s festivities, Gerūta Griniutė, the evening’s presenter and moderator started with introducing the Lithuanian Minister of Economy and Innovation, Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius.  The minister praised the role of the Chamber in facilitating numerous success stories between the two countries and for being a catalyst of a large number of innovative technologies.

A proud Norwegian Ambassador to Lithuania, Karsten Klepsvik, congratulated the Norwegian-Lithuanian Chamber on its achievements and its 10th anniversary and praised to work of the Norwegian-Lithuanian Chamber in making connections that work and described the Business Forum as, ”Truly impressive, and something that the international community in Lithuania could learn from.” Mr. Klepsvik went on to single out the international ties as a guarantee for future prosperity in that the more than 100 Norwegian-Lithuanian Chamber members play under the leadership of Chair Kjetil Hanssen and Executive Director Lina Mockutė “representing their interests and professional networking opportunities”.

The highlight of the evening was the celebration of role the founding members played in the 10 years of the Chamber‘s activities and the awarding the Kloster Lasse Award.  It was Chair Kjetil Hanssen that introduced this year’s winner of the prestigious Kloster Lasse Award, Mr. Finn Bjørnar Lund. Mr. Lund an infatuated supporter of the close ties between Lithuania and Norway, particularly as CEO and Chairman of the Board at DNB, (now Luminor).  An emotional Bjørnar Lund was thankful and sketched an excellent overview of what the Norwegian-Lithuanian Chamber achieved over the last years in Lithuania and Norway.

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Article and photos by Ludo Segers