Iceland Ocean Cluster seeks out Oslo
In the wake of the financial crisis, Iceland has determined to return to its strongest economic asset – the sea. Iceland Ocean Cluster project mananger Vilhjalmur Jens Arnason was in Oslo in January to discuss possible collaboration with key networks and the Oslo region maritime/marine community.
Fishing is the backbone, brain and body of the Icelandic economy, and a new initiative supported by NORAD is seeking to establish stronger trans-Atlantic ties with its neighbors to the east and west. The project, Iceland Ocean Cluster, revolves around marine/ocean clusters in the North Atlantic, from Western Canada to Norway, Denmark, Scotland and Ireland in the east. The aim is to collect information about clusters and marine industries, compare best practices, increase benchmarking and initiate cooperation among clusters and industries that can benefit the ocean/marine industries and lead to new opportunities.
Iceland Ocean Cluster project mananger Vilhjalmur Jens Arnason was in Oslo in January to discuss possible collaboration with key networks and the Oslo region maritime/marine community. Oslo is interesting for Iceland because of the highly advanced marine commercial and R&D environments in the capital region, but IOC also sought to learn more about several well-developed network organisation and their projects, specifically MareLife in biomarine, and Oslo Maritime Network in maritme. An invitation to attend the upcoming Oslo Maritime Week at the end of May was extended to IOC during the visit, and both parties look forward to sharing experiences and building on knowledge gained through centuries of surviving, and thriving, on the sea.
Posted by: Tanya Heglund
Posted on: February 21. 2012