IV Finland-Belarus Business Forum
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Tuesday 8 April 2014
Turku School of Economics
Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, Turku, Finland
Forum is free of charge, but please note that the number of seats at the forum site is restricted and the places will be filled in order of registration. Registration will be open until 4 April 2014.
Participants will receive:
-a fresh report on experiences of Finnish firms in Belarus
-a slide package on the Belarus market for a foreign investor
-a special collection of expert articles on Belarus (BRE special issue)
Working languages: Finnish and Russian

08:00-08:30  Registration
08:30-09:00  Opening addresses, Lecture hall 16
Pekka Sundman, Director of City Development Group, City of Turku
Alexander Guryanov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus (responsible for economic issues)
Matti Anttonen, Undersecretary of State for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Alexander Ostrovsky, Ambassador of Belarus to Finland
Kalervo Väänänen, Rector, University of Turku
09:00-10:30  Panel: Business Opportunities in Finland and the Greater Turku region, Lecture hall 16
Chairman: Henrik Lax, Member of European Parliament 2004-2009
Economic prospects of the Baltic Sea region
Matti Anttonen, Undersecretary of State for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Finnish business in Belarus
Juha Hämäläinen, Chairman, Finnish Belarusian Chamber of Commerce 
Olvi Brewery – case Belarus
Lasse Aho, CEO, Olvi Oyj
Wellbeing from Know-How Turku Region in Northern Growth Corridor
Niko Kyynäräinen, Director, Turku Region Development Center
Life Science City Turku: A gateway to EU market
Rikumatti Levomäki, Managing Director, Turku Science Park
TDC - Turku Distribution Center
Christian Ramberg, Managing Director, Port of Turku
Smart Solutions for future investments
Björn Grönholm, Director, UBC Environmental Commission
Experiences of Finnish Firms in Belarus – Empirical Research Results
Kari Liuhto, Professor & Director, Pan-European Institute, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
10:30-11:00  Discussion, Lecture hall 16
11:00-12:00  Lunch at Mercatori, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
12:00-13:30  Panel: Business Opportunities in Belarus, Lecture hall 16
Chairman: Vladimir Ulahovich, Deputy Chair of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Belarus
NAIP – shortest way to Belarus
Natalya Grintsevich, Director of investment department of National Agency on Investments and Privatization
Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus
Opportunities provided by cooperation activities between the City of Grodno, Grodno Region and the City of Turku, Region of Southwest Finland
Andrei Hudyk, Mayor, City of Grodno
Scientific and innovation potential of Belarus
Serguei Chizhik, Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences
Bank for Development – new partner in the banking service field 
Vladimir Dragun, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Bank for Development of Belarus
Discover IT Belarus
Alexandr Martinkevich, Deputy Director, High Technology Park of Belarus
Investment capacities of Gomel region
Elvira Karnitskaya, Chair of economy committee of Gomel region
Foreign investments in Belarus through the prisma of work of Finnish company
Peter Ingman, Member of the Board of Ingman Group (Finnish investor to Belarus)
13:30-14:00  Discussion, Lecture hall 16
14:00-14:10  Conclusion, Lecture hall 16
Veijo Hyvönen, Managing Editor, Economic and Business News, Turun Sanomat
14:10-16:00  B2B discussions, Auditorium OP-Pohjola
or the participants can alternatively participate in a special session “Belarusian-Finnish University Cooperation for Innovation and Development” organized by Kari Hyppönen, President, the Baltic Sea Region University Network (for more information and registration for the parallel session, please contact:
16:00-19:00  Sightseeing tour around the City of Turku
19:00      Reception at Mercatori, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
Cocktail address by Mikko Lohikoski, Director of External Affairs, City of Turku

For more information: Pan-European Institute, tel. +358 2 333 9567