Talk on Nordic Intergovernmental Cooperation: Lessons to be Learnt from Regional Cooperation


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 10 February, 2008- ,

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The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organized a talk on Nordic Intergovernmental Cooperation: Lessons to be Learnt from Regional Cooperation. The talk was held from 10.30 am to 12.00 p.m. noon on Sunday, 10 February 2008, at the BEI Conference Room (House 20, Road 5, Gulshan-1, Dhaka).

Mr. Caj Lars Söderlund, Senior Advisor, Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Nordic Council of Ministers, Department of Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was keynote speaker. Please find below his CV and A Brief on Nordic Cooperation for your reference.

A Brief on Nordic Cooperation

The Nordic Region has its own identity

Nordic cooperation is age-old. It is regionally based and rests on its own geographical, historical and cultural cohesion. The cooperation comprises Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the autonomous territories the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. The Nordic region is part of the Baltic Sea region or Northern Europe and the Northern Dimension of the EU. The Nordic region participates in broad European cooperation, primarily within the EU and larger as a brand globally.

Zone of peace and cooperation: Nordic Cooperation

The emergence of a zone of peace in an area which historically has seen a great deal of domestic and international war is explained by a combination of outside factors, such as the strategic importance of the area, and internal factors, such as the legitimacy of the government and the homogeneity of the population. Firstly, the link between democracy and peace has reinforced the Nordic peace as all the countries concerned have grown into stable democracies. Secondly, higher levels of gender equality within the Nordic countries may have also had a beneficial effect in terms of preventing violent conflict.
And lastly, peaceful conflict resolutions has been accepted as the sole legitimate means of solving conflicts within the Nordic area, and this has had a marked effect on the foreign policies of the countries in the region.

Competition & challenges for Nordic co-operation

An enlarged EU with 27 member states offers new opportunities, but also boosts competition. Nordic countries need to take advantage of their strong and efficient cooperation to stay the course in the competition on ex. employment, investments and ‘bright minds’. Challenges of the global economy – What will the ‘knowledge-intensive’ Nordic countries subsist on in the future?

The future of the Nordic welfare state…

The future development of the Nordic welfare state is dependent on both facing a global strong cultural diversity and inventing the new family. The Nordic governments will investigate the possibility of establishing Nordic innovation agencies in Asian emerging economies. The report will be presented to the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation in summer 2008. The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation are encouraged to reserve funds in the 2008 budget of the Nordic Council of Ministers for the funding of globalization initiatives and for the Nordic institutions that will take part in the implementation of the initiatives.

CV of Mr. Caj Lars Söderlund

Current position: Senior Adviser, Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Nordic Council of Ministers, Department for Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Covered 1997 to 2001 the cooperation between the Nordic Foreign Ministers, Nordic Trade Ministers and the Nordic Council, incl. policy questions between the Nordic Prime Ministers

DCM (Minister Counsellor) in New Delhi (+ Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), India 2001-2004
Posting in Lima, Peru (covering the whole Andean Group of Countries). Subsequent postings in Rome, Caracas (covering Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama), Tel Aviv (plus B-desk, SU-affairs), DCM Madrid and first post as CDM in Abu Dhabi, UAE 1994

At the MFA earlier main operating responsibilities has been trade policy for Middle East, South Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean area.

During the Finnish EU-presidency (second half 1999) national chairman for EFTA & EEA-WG in Helsinki/Brussels until 2001

Graduate of the Swedish School of Economics, SHH (MBA) 1970. 1965-67 SHH Scholarship to South America 1967-68; AIESEC/SHH chairman 1968. Portland State University 1969, Oregon, USA

For further information, please contact Ambassador Shafiullah, Senior Research Fellow at BEI.

Posted Date : 3 March, 2012