Host: Peter Nyman
City Hall Kouvola, Torikatu 10, 45100 Kouvola


Programme 2019

08:00 ->  Registration and coffee
09:00 Musical entertainment
Railwaymen´s Brass Band
09:15 Opening Words
Marita Toikka, Mayor of the City of Kouvola 
09:25 New Agreement on Transportations between Kazakhstan and North Europe
Zhanna Sartbayeva, Ambassador,  Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Finland
09:35 The  Belt and Road Initiative
Sun Liwei, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the People´s Republic of China, Finland 
9:40 Importance of Railway Connections Between China and Europe
Aleksei Samosuev, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, Finland
9:45 Connection to Asia from Sweden
Mona Mansour, Senior Adviser, European Affairs, North Sweden European Office  
10:00 Future of the Railgate Corridor
Olli-Pekka Hilmola, D.Sc., Docent, Prof. LUT University, Kouvola Unit
10:15 Coffee and Networking
10:45 Norway - Gateway to North America
Rune J Arnøy, Port Director, Port of Narvik, Norway
11:05 Trans-Atlantic and Short Sea Liners
Vidar Karlsson, Senior Manager, Eimskip Iceland
11:15 Boosting Marketing Efforts in China
Nancy Li, General Director, Scand-China International Link
11:30 Client´s View of the Modern Silk Road 
Ola Strand, CEO, Norway BluWrap
Jaakko Saha, Export Logistic Manager, Tuoretie Oy

12:00 Lunch and Networking
13:00 Global View on Container Transportation
Jarkko Rantala, Unit Manager, WSP Finland Oy
13:20 Customs Role in Cooperation
Hannu Mäkinen, Director General, Finnish Customs
13:40 Corridor as a Service Project (CaaS) - Boosting Cargo Logistics with Digital Services
Juha Kenraali, Director General of Data, Traficom
14:00 Large Potential in the Kouvola Rail & Road Terminal
Petteri Portaankorva, Development Director, City of Kouvola
14:20 Coffee and Networking
14:50 Logistic Services for Railgate Finland
Anu Kujansuu, Marketing Director, Kouvola Cargo Handling Oy
15:10 VR Transpoint and Kouvola - Symbiotic Relationship
Antti Pursiainen, Sales Director, VR Transpoint
15:30 Panel Discussion: Climate Impact of  Transportation

Staffan Herlin, Marketing Director, Finnlines
Jarkko Rantala, Unit Manager, WSP Finland Oy
Tero Kosonen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, VR-Group Ltd, VR Transpoint
Arja Suominen, Senior Vice President for Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Finnair

16:15 Summary of the Seminar
Martti Husu, Managing Director, Kouvola Innovation Oy
16:30 End of Seminar


The speeches and discussions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Chinese and Russian.