Lunch with Annie Lööf, Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise, 2012

  • 12:00 PM
  • 2900 K Street, NW, Washington DC 20007

On March 2, 2012 five corporate members had the opportunity to present to Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise Ms. Annie Lööf. The Minister had expressed an interest in meeting a small group of Swedish companies in Washington to discuss the business climate in Sweden versus the United States and possible lessons that can be learned between the two markets. All companies are experiencing an improving economy and could show positive results for 2011. Company representatives also agreed that regulations on the U.S. market can be surprisingly challenging, especially when selling to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. A positive reflection that most shared was how international the staff often are in companies in the U.S. Employees from all parts of the world are a great asset in a company’s global operations. This is something that Swedish companies, which often have a more homogeneous workforce, could learn from. Company
representatives also gave an overview of their operations in the U.S. and globally. Participating companies were: Volvo Group North America, Saab North America, Skanska, IKEA, Mercuri Urval and Kreab Gavin Anderson.