Investments, Competitiveness & Startups in the Arctic


The 9th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 11. – 12.4.2018 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry.

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. 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 second 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 2018 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

PROGRAM 2018


Investments, Competitiveness & Startups

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th


9.00 OPENING SESSION
Mr. Juha Mäkimattila, Chairman of Board, Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Finland
Mr. Tero Nissinen
,
Mayor of Kemi, Finland
Other speakers TBC.


09.45 CROSS-BORDER CO-OPERATION IN THE EUROPEAN ARCTIC
Mr. Harri Mäki-Reinikka, Ambassador, Senior Adviser, Northern Policies Department of Europe, Finland
Mr. Peter Waara, Chair Haparanda Municipal Council, Sweden
Other Speakers TBC.


11.30 ARCTIC BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN 2018

Mr. Timo Rautajoki, President & CEO, Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Finland
Mr. Mikå Mered
,
 Professor of Arctic/Antarctic economics & geopolitics – Free Institute of International Relations Studies (ILERI, Paris), France


12.15 NETWORKING LUNCH


13.15 THE GREAT ARCTIC RAILWAY DEBATE
Moderator: Mr. Timo Rautajoki, President & CEO, Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Finland

Mr. Kjell Stokvik, Managing Director, Centre for High North Logistics / Kirkenes, Norway
Mr. Andreas Lind, Business and Development Director, County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Sweden
Mr. Marko Varajärvi, CEO, Council of Torne Valley, Finland

Mr. Jaakko Ylinampa,
Director General, Lapland’s Centre for Economic Development, Finland
Mr. Harri Mäki-Reinikka, Ambassador, Senior Adviser, Northern Policies Department of Europe, Finland
Other Speakers TBC.


15.00 COFFEE BREAK


15.30 ARCTIC STARTUPS – NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP CREATES GROWTH

Mr. Marko Alamartimo, Business Advisor, Growth and International Business at Business Rovaniemi, Finland
Mr. Markus Pellikka,
CEO, Santa Water Group, Finland
Mr. Antti Haukipuro,
CEO, Suvanto Care, Finland
Mr. Kaj Kostiander,
Director, Tornio Brewery, Finland
Other Speakers TBC.


17.00 END OF DAY 1


17.00–18.30 TRADE SHOW 


20.00 CONFERENCE DINNER

(HOTEL MERIHOVI RESTAURANT, 2ND FLOOR, KESKUSPUISTOKATU 6, 94100 KEMI)


THURSDAY, APRIL 12th


9.00 OPENING SESSION OF THE 2nd DAY
Mr. Timo Vuori, 
Executive Director at ICC Finland and Executive Vice President Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland
Mrs. Mirva Antila
, CEO, IBM Finland
Other Speakers TBC.


10.15 COFFEE BREAK


10.45 COMPETITIVENESS IN THE ARCTIC BUSINESS

Mr. Tomi Seppä, Vice President, Kemi Board and Pulp Mill at Metsä Group, Finland
Mrs. Tuula Untinen, Manager-Logistics Services, Outokumpu Stainless Oy, Finland
Mr. Andreas Lind, Business and Development Director, County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Sweden
Other Speakers TBC.


12.00 NETWORKING LUNCH


13.00 WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE EUROPEAN ARCTIC

Ms. Anu Fredrikson, Director, Arctic Economic Council
Mrs. Satu Luiro, Tourism Senior Advisor, Regional Council of Lapland, Finland
Mrs. Jaana Koivumaa,
Project Manager, Hannukainen Mining Oy
Other Speakers TBC.

15.00 END OF PROGRAM IN KEMI CULTURAL CENTER

Other speakers to be confirmed. 

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SPEAKERS OF THE ARCTIC BUSINESS FORUM 2018

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REGISTRATION


The registration for the 2018 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 2018 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 ABF2018!

Are you interested in becoming an ABF Partner for the 2018 event? With an ABF Partner deal you will be able to maximize your company’s visibility throughout the Arctic Business Forum 2018.
Read more about the sponsorship deals:

ABF Sponsorship – Gold

ABF Sponsorship – Silver

Contact abf@chamber.fi

Two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2018
  • Lunch and coffee servings
  • One copy of Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2018
  • Price 450 € + VAT 24 % = 558 € / person*

    Please note: Early bird ticket price 350 € + VAT 24 % = 434,00 € / person* ( valid till the 28th of February)

Chamber of Commerce Member Price, two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2018
  • Lunch and coffee servings
  • One copy of Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2018
  • Price: 390 € + VAT 24 % = 483,6 € /  person*

Please note: Early bird ticket price 290 € + VAT 24 % = 359,60 € / person* (valid till the 28th of February)

Conference Dinner

  • Dinner reception in the evening of 11th of April

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. Prices include sauna in the evening and a breakfast buffet.

Hotel Palomestari

Standard room for one 75 € per night
Standard room for two 90 € per night
Standard room for three 105 € per night

Use the code “ABF” when booking your stay. Reservations directly to info@hotellipalomestari.com or (+)358 16 257 117. Prices include breakfast, sauna in the evening and a parking space in the inner court of the hotel.

Cumulus City Kemi

Standard room for one 89 € per night
Standard room for two 104 € per night

Use the code “ABF” when booking your stay. You can book you room straight from this link. Prices include breakfast, sauna in the evening and free wifi.

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
10.45–12.20
14.00–15.35
18.20–20.40
23.45–01.20

Kemi-Helsinki
05.35–07.05
12.40–14.55
15.55–17.25
21.00–22.30


YEARBOOK 2017

We are working on the 9th Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2018. In the meanwhile, take a look at the Yearbook 2017. The 8th 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 2017 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 download the pdf-version from this link.

ARCTIC BUSINESS FORUM PARTNERS 2018

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

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For questions and other information, please contact:

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

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