ABOUT THE ARCTIC BUSINESS FORUM


The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

PROGRAM 2017


Industry, Innovations & Investments

Venue: City of Kemi, Kemi Cultural Centre (address: Marina Takalon Katu 3, 94100 Kemi)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th


9.30 OPENING SESSION
Mr. Tero Nissinen, Mayor of Kemi
Mr. Juha Mäkimattila, Chairman of Board, Lapland Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Mika Riipi, County Governor of Lapland
Mr. Tero Vauraste, Chairman, Arctic Economic Council


10.30 WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE ARCTIC IN 2017
Evaluation of the development of international Arctic business cooperation in the changing political situation.
The Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017 will be launched.
Mr. Mikå Mered, Managing Partner, Arctic Analyst, UK
Mr. Reko-Antti Suojanen, CEO Aker Arctic Oy
Mr. Timo Rautajoki, President & CEO, Lapland Chamber of Commerce


12.00 NETWORKING LUNCH 


13.00 SWEDISH SESSION
Sweden has all the tools in the world to contribute to sustainable business conditions in the Arctic region, but has, however, followed a cautious strategy in taking part of profiling Sweden as an Arctic team player. The Swedish session at Arctic Business Forum highlights the current Swedish positioning. The themes in the speeches will comprise – for the region and for the event – interesting topics representing varying industrial portfolio with highly innovative environment. Sweden takes a step towards Northernmost Europe to ensure sustainable development in the Arctic, strengthens the relations and cooperation between countries and will contribute with content to the official program at Arctic Business Forum in the framework of a Swedish Session. The session will be moderated by Christian Weckman, Country Manager Finland, Business Sweden and Swedish position and portfolio described by:

Mr. Anders Ahnlid, the Ambassador of Sweden to Finland
Mr. Niklas Nordström, Key Note Speaker, Deputy Mayor Luleå, Chairman of the Board Business Sweden
Mrs. Elina Rantanen, Project Coordinator Swedish Mining Platform
Mr. Bengt Flyckt, CEO PrimAB
Mr. Anders Hermanson, CEO Adage, BNearIT
Mr. Conny Reidefors, Senior Business Advisor, Arctic Business Incubator, North Sweden Cleantech
Mr. Björn Arvidsson, CEO Svanstein Resort
Mrs. Gunhild Stensmyr, CEO Konsthallen I Tornedalen
Mr. Kent Lindvall, CEO Treehotel, partner Arcticbath


15.00 COFFEE BREAK 


15.30 ARCTIC INDUSTRY MAINTENANCE AND SUBCONTRACTING
Arctic Industry
 Kemi-Tornio region, located at an intersection of river Kemijoki and the Gulf of Bothnia together with the shared border with Sweden, is one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and Steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.
Mr. Juha Mäkimattila, Mill Director, Veitsiluoto Mill, Stora Enso
Mr. Heikki Pekkarinen, Vice President, Head of Tornio Mill Services, Outokumpu
Mr. Niklas von Weymarn, Vice President, Research, Metsä Fibre Business Development
Mr. Jussi Yli-Niemi, Member of Board, Lapland Chamber of Commerce


17.30 END OF DAY 1 


20.00 CONFERENCE DINNER

(HOTEL CUMULUS, HAHTISAANRENKATU 3, 94100 KEMI)


THURSDAY, MAY 18th


9.00 ARCTIC TRANSPORTATION 
Latest update of Arctic Shipping in Northern Sea Route, Arctic Railway plans together with the ports of European High North. The Arctic is a trendy destination and with the rising tourism, the direct flight connections has been opened from Europe and Asia. In the booming demand, how will the access possibilities to the Arctic will developed?

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics
Mr. Jaakko Rantsi, CEO, Port of Kemi
Mrs. Hanne Junnilainen, Special Adviser, Kiilaco


10.45 COFFEE BREAK 


11.00 INVESTMENTS UPDATE
Latest news from the investment projects in European Arctic Regions including forest, steel and mining industry and transport connections.
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Matti Nojonen, Professor, Chinese culture and society
Mr. Anatoly Glushkov, President, Murmansk Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr. Kambiz Jalali, Ambassador, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr. Timo Rautajoki, President & CEO, Lapland Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Seppo Ahola, Arctic Adviser, Kemin Digipolis Oy
Mrs. Sanna Tarssanen, CEO, House of Lapland


12.30 LUNCH NETWORK 


13.30 VISIT TO STORA ENSO VEITSILUOTO MILL
Duration: From 1:30 pm till 3:00 pm.
Registration for Veitsiluoto mill visit at the same time as signing up to Arctic Business Forum at Kemi Cultural Centre. Bus for the visit will leave from in front of the Kemi Cultural Centre, 30 participants maximum. Before the visit, you will be informed about the safety precaution.

Mill info
: Stora Enso Veitsiluoto Mill is one of the biggest forest industrial integrates in Europe with a pulp mill, three paper production line and a saw mill. The mill’s production capacity is 850 000 tons of high quality office and magazine papers and 160 000 m3 sawn goods in a year. 

Welcome to Veitsiluoto mill, world’s northmost paper mill!

SPEAKERS OF THE ARCTIC BUSINESS FORUM 2017

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REGISTRATION


The registration for the 2017 event is open!

You can register from here. 

Please follow us in social media and subscribe the Arctic Business Forum Newsletter (bottom of the page) to get the latest information of the 2017 Forum, the date & place and themes.

On the right side are introduced the ticket types to the event. Prices and other possible happenings included to participation are updated when the registration opens.


Partnership and exhibition opportunities at ABF2017!

Are you interested in becoming an ABF Partner for the 2017 event? With an ABF Partner deal you will be able to maximize your company’s visibility throughout the Arctic Business Forum 2017. For more information, please contact abf@chamber.fi.

Two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings
  • One copy of Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017

Chamber of Commerce member price, two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings
  • One copy of Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017

Conference Dinner

  • Dinner reception in the evening of 17th of May

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Accommodation options

Hotel Merihovi

Standard room for one 80 € per night
Standard room for two 100 € per night

Use the code “ABF” when booking your stay. Reservations directly to hotel(a)merihovi.fi or (+)358 40 6853500.

Hotel Palomestari

Standard room for one 80 € per night
Standard room for two 95 € per night 
Standard room for three 110 € per night

Use the code “ABF” when booking your stay. Reservations directly to info@hotellipalomestari.com or (+)358 16 257 117.

Cumulus City Kemi

Standard room for one 90 € per night
Standard room for two 100 € per night

Use the code “ABF” when booking your stay. You can book you room straight from this link.

Transport

Kemi is located at an intersection of river Kemijoki and the Gulf of Bothnia together with the shared border with Sweden, is one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic. You can arrive to the city of Kemi with plane, train, bus or with a rental car.

Kemi by plane
Distance to venue: 6,7 km
Helsinki–Kemi
14.00–15.35
18.20–20.40
20.20–21.30
23.50–01.00

Kemi-Helsinki
05.00–07.00
06.50–08.00
15.55–17.25
21.00–22.30


YEARBOOK 2016

We are working on the 8th Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017. In the meanwhile, take a look at the Yearbook 2016. The 7th Arctic Business Forum Yearbook is an overview of the European High North investments and business development published in association with the Arctic Business Forum.

The Yearbook 2016 by Lapland Chamber of Commerce addresses Arctic cooperation, policies and business, top 10 risks for Arctic stakeholders for the next five years, as well as an estimation of European High North investment potential for the same time frame. Regionally the Yearbook covers the Northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway as well as Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions in Russia.

You can order your own paperback version of the Yearbook 2016 (30€ + VAT) through this link or download the pdf-version from the link below.

ARCTIC BUSINESS FORUM PARTNERS 2017

Media


We welcome all representatives of media to the 8th Arctic Business Forum!

Media

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings

Photos

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Media package

Update coming soon.

For questions and other information, please contact:

Viivi Lakkapää
viivi.lakkapaa@chamber.fi
T. +358 40 511 1696

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