Dear ISCCJ friends,
In December 2013 a new board of the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ISCCJ) was elected.
Since then, the new board has been actively supporting Japanese and Icelandic companies in establishing new, and strengthening existing, business relations.
We take great pride in having leading Japanese and Icelandic companies as members of the ISCCJ, that cover a wide variety of industries, such as seafood, energy, pharmaceuticals, tourism, real-estate, software, finance and retail.
The new board´s focus has been on creating platforms for cooperation between Japanese and Icelandic companies through various events, such as the “Japan-Iceland Geothermal Forum” organized in February 2014, in cooperation with Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The new board´s focus has also been on enhancing commercial ties between Japan and Iceland on a governmental level, facilitating discussions between Japanese and Icelandic Ministers, parliamentarians and governmental officials; for example on a possible free trade agreement between the two countries. Since the beginning of 2014, these include meetings with both the Icelandic and the Japanese Minister of Environment in February 2014, with a former Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs in May 2014, and with the Icelandic Minister of Industry and Trade in June 2014.
The new board has furthermore been active in gathering economic information on Iceland for Japanese financial institutions and investors that are exploring opportunities in Iceland.
The new board has also sought to increase cooperation between the ISCCJ and other Chambers of Commerce in Japan; through activities with the other Nordic Chambers, active dialogue with the European Business Council and increased communication with the Japanese business community.
The ISCCJ is fortunate to have always had the support of the Icelandic Embassy in Japan, where the ISCCJ office is located. The Honorary Chairman of the ISCCJ is presently Mr. Hannes Heimisson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan.
If your company is not already a member of the ISCCJ we encourage you to join. The ISCCJ is open to assist any company or individuals interested in trade and investment between Iceland and Japan.
As the new chairman of the ISCCJ, I look forward to work with current, as well as new partners, on strengthening the ties between Japan and Iceland. The recent expansion of the Japanese Embassy in Iceland and increased activities in the politicial field through frequent bilateral visits of Japanese and Icelandic Ministers will without doubt also contribute to stronger Japan-Iceland relations.
Chairman of the ISCCJ