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Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economic developments. Lars-Kåre Legernes Oslo Chamber of Commerce Norway , CEO and President . Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economic developments.

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Role of chambers of commerce in urban social economic developments

Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economicdevelopments

Lars-Kåre Legernes

Oslo Chamber of Commerce

Norway , CEO and President


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Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economicdevelopments

  • We have over 12.000 Chambers of Commerce in the world playingdifferentroles……

    • Manychambersmainly in Europe aregovermentalinstitutionswithobligatorymembership and manyofficialtasks- like companyregistration, education etc.

    • In most englishspeakingcountriestheChambersare private membershiporganisationswithvolontarymembership.

    • A thirdcategoryarethebi-lateralchamberorganisationsfocusingon trade and relationshipsbetweentwocountries.


The world gnp development the last 10 years

The world GNP developmentthe last 10 years

GNP = 100 in Year 20002010

Eurocountries 100112

USA 100118

Brazil 100142

India 100220

China 100271

Source IMF and Norwegian Central bank


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Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economicdevelopments

  • Dramaticchanges in a rapid changing world.

    • Affectingeverybodyno matter whereyou live.

      • Environmentaleffects-naturaldisasters.

      • Social effects – poor/ rich

      • Demographicchanges in additionthenext 20 years- The silverTsunami – wave of elderly-we must be prepared…..

      • Housingchallenges– Need for land also for business location.

      • Employmentchallenges – unemployemnt – laborshortages

      • Education challenges – educatewhat business and societyneeds…..

      • More free trade – increasedneed for trust and transparency.

      • Growingfocusonethicalrules and business- not just focuson making moneybut to make money in an honest and sustainableway.


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Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economicdevelopments

  • What is theChambers of Commerce role in Urban Social and economicdevelopment ?

    - Talk to the person sitting besideyou for oneminute and come up withonethingthatyou do or can do to drive urban social and economicdevelopment ?


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Role of Chambers of Commerce in Urban Social & economicdevelopments

  • What is theChambers of Commerce role in Urban Social and economicdevelopment ?

  • Someexamples …….

    • Education- training seminars .

      • How to save energy ….. Energy efficiency for businesses

    • Lobbying and press.

      • Focus and attentionontheschool system – whatdoes business need and doesthelocalschool system deliverthat ?

      • Environmentalissues – focuson non performers

    • Trade development for members--- helpeachotherwithinformationon reliable partners

    • Natural Disasters– play a role --- organiseassistance and have a plan ready ….

    • Local planning --- be present and take part in community planning and make sure both business and societycangrowtogether.

    • CSR – Focusonthe ”good” companies --- in press and media onyour web.


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