The latest International Forum at Oslo Chamber of Commerce took place last week and aimed to investigate what a governmental shift would mean for business. Mr. Tybring-Gjedde represents one of the right wing political parties that aim to challenge the current decision makers in the upcoming election. – Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is an excellent politician, says Tybring-Gjedde, but eight years in charge is enough. It is quite clear that our speaker wants to follow a different track.
-Don’t tax them to death
-Norway needs foreign workers, but we are not attracting them when they can earn more in other countries like for example the United States. Which highly skilled workers would want to work here when they are getting paid more or less the average? Tybring-Gjedde continued with stating that less taxation is one solution he believes in. This, together with wanting to spend more money from the Government Pension Fund, is two of the fundamental differences between the ruling government and the Progress Party. Christian points to the fact that investing in infrastructure will benefit business. With better roads and railways, trade can accelerate and flourish.
Another issue our guest speaker wanted to address was the sky rocketing housing prices. This too, is an obstacle for people wanting to settle and work in Norway.
Bad at being rich
-The problem is, Norway is not good at being rich. We are used to being a poor nation, and affluence is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps we should learn a lesson or two from Switzerland and other countries that are used to it, he continued. The audience smiled and a few nodded to this remark.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde is well-spoken and appears confident and accurate in his dark suit and bright red tie. His arms reach out to the sides when he states that Norway shouldn’t be afraid of investing, and investing at a faster pace. – What we’re doing now is not sustainable in time.
If similar thoughts are largely reflected in the public, chances are high we will experience a governmental shift. The upcoming election is soon to determine whether this will happen or not.
The Oslo Chamber of Commerce arranges several International Forums during the year. This is a great way to network with other businesses and to make useful contacts across sectors. Theme and location of the meetings will be announced in advance on our website