NordCham PH sees break in the clouds for 2021


Screengrab of Mr. Jesper Svenningsen Executive Director of NordCham Philippines during the Nordic Ambassadors’ Forum 2020 by THEPHILBIZNEWS

By Monsi A. Serrano

There is no doubt that 2020 has affected the whole world’s economic activities more disruptive and destructive than the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

In the Philippines, the nationwide lockdown forced upon us by the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the lives of everyone we know. Needless to say, it has caused anxiety as health and safety concerns coupled with economic and income uncertainties weighed down to every Filipino setting back a broad spectrum of businesses.

To their credit, the government has been endeavoring to strike the perfect balance between lives and livelihood as they promulgate certain rules and regulations that will be enforced in various cities and municipalities across the nation.

On the part of the current Executive Director of NordCham Philippines Mr. Jesper Svenningsen, who assumed the office just last March 16, 2020, the handover did not go as planned as President Rodrigo Duterte declared ECQ the same afternoon, and everybody hurried home.

“It was something I never expected and I was even excited to roll out exciting activities for 2020 that would benefit our members and all those who have been following the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines,” Mr. Svenningsen revealed.

“The NordCham was overtaken by the pandemic, and this prompted us to realign our plans and went digital with everything. Since that first half day in the office, I have only been in there 26 times, and I have physically met with my staff and the Board of Directors less than 40 times (mainly for document signing or events),” he explained.

If the show business has its expression of “the show must go on”, the NordCham Philippines coined its own witty phrase that they called “Business As Usual” which has an inspiring impact on all the members of the chamber and followers.

Using their famous hashtag #BusinessAsUsual, Mr. Svenningsen elaborated this phrase further.

“We did our best to help our community by quickly adapting and embracing the new reality, and always keeping the focus on providing value for our Partners. BTW: “Partner” is a new term implemented in 2020 together with our new benefit matrix. In 2019 we managed 24 events and interestingly, this 2020 despite the unique and challenging situation we have done 161, the Executive Director of Nordic Chamber proudly shared.

“Our Partnership and Event Manager, Maan Yu, has done an outstanding job helping NordCham managing all of these events, and thus helped NordCham to make a difference for our members and community by providing insights, new perspectives, connections, and training. Many of these events were in cooperation with our fellow European Chambers in the Philippines and Nordic Chambers in the region, with whom we have excellent cooperation,” Mr. Svenningsen added.

Apart from that, Mr. Svenningsen expresses utmost gratitude to those who made these record-breaking events such as the speakers, and especially to PSA Consultancy for the 17 events with Updates on the COVID situation in the Philippines.


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Breaking in the clouds, seeing the basking sunlight

Given the fact that the resounding success of events and other activities for the benefit of the community, Mr. Svenningsen expressed optimism for the year 2021.

“For 2021 we have prepared the calendar with lots of events, as we see this as one of the main ways of providing value for all of you. Mark your calendar for the AGM on February 1 and the Nordic Sustainability Awards Nights on February 23. We will also spend significant time connecting you with the right business partners and other ways of helping you to grow your business. Advocacy work, using our connections with the Philippine and Nordic governments and key organizations, is again a key activity in 2021 – examples: we are currently in the process of helping 7 essential workers with an exemption to enter the Philippines. And we are in dialogue with the government on how we can help to ensure the COVID vaccine for our Partners! By end of January, we expect to release our new website and with it, we will be able to provide even more benefits for all of you. As of today, our system shows 100 active partners. In 2020 we added 18 new but also lost some due to the COVID situation. We remain the largest Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Asia, but obviously, we expect to further grow in 2021,” he added.

“We have increased to almost 5000 active friends of NordCham and more than 3000, who follow and interact with us on Social Media. We want to thank all of you for your support in 2020 and we are looking forward to helping you further in 2021,” Mr. Svenningsen noted.

“Lastly, I wish and pray that the New Year bless you with health, wealth and happiness,” the Executive Director of NordCham PH concluded.

The Philippine Business and News is a proud media partner of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.


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