The biennial Atlantic Fair has established itself as a platform where companies from all over the world come to showcase their products and services and transact business. We have been pleased to observe the significant growth of the event over the years characterized by the enthusiastic participation of companies in the maritime industry, both from the Faroes and overseas, who have been attracted by the rich opportunities it provides. This is something that I as the Mayor of the host city and my fellow citizens take a great deal of pride in
Here in Klaksvík, the fishing capital of the Faroe Islands, we have historically relied on our private sector to lead the way forward in providing economic growth and jobs. Consequently, to ensure the successful continuation of this process we consider it as being of the utmost importance to encourage diversity within our corporate industry. In recent years we have seen the vital role that Atlantic Fair plays as a catalyst in this regard. Our local companies have made full use of the event to establish new business connections as well as finding inspiration to work towards innovative and creative solutions in their work.
The fishing industry is a challenging environment in which it is essential to have the requisite knowhow and skills to operate successfully. And a prime quality for leaders in the industry is to have to courage to make whatever adjustments are needed to adapt to changing conditions and stay competitive. It is therefore no small achievement for us as a small country far out in the Atlantic to have managed to stay at the forefront of the fishing industry and maritime development generally.
Moreover, we see it as important, particularly in today’s world where environmental considerations are a priority, that the fishing industry works towards a sustainable future. As a small country whose economy is overwhelmingly dependent on the bounty of the ocean this is clearly in our own self-interest as well. We work with the vision of locally developed products emanating from our long standing traditions, but with an injection of innovation when appropriate, being produced for the benefit of the nation as a whole.
With all this in mind we are once again pleased to welcome you all to Klakvík for Atlantic Fair 2022. As the ocean is deeply embedded in the city’s culture, we regard it as only natural that we should play host to a trade fair with this designation. Alongside attendance at the event, we look forward to giving exhibitors and visitors alike an opportunity to sample this maritime culture and to enjoy the many other attractions of Klaksvík and the Northern Islands of the Faroes.
Karl Haldorsson Johansen
Mayor of Klaksvík Municipality