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


Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be
updated continuously up to the seminar

08:00 ->  Registration and coffee
09:00 Musical entertainment
Railwaymen´s Brass Band
09:10 Opening Words
Marita Toikka, Mayor of the City of Kouvola 
09:15 Greetings from the Finnish Government
09:30 New Agreement on Transportations between Kazakhstan and North Europe
Embassy of Kazakhstan to Finland
09:40 Future of the Railgate Corridor
Almat Karimov, Vice President, NZ Kazakhstan Railways JSC
10:00 Railway Hubs in China
NN, Xi’an International Trade and Logistics (ITL)
10:20 Norway - Gateway to North America
Rune J Arnøy, Port Director, Port of Narvik, Norway
10:35 Connection to Asia from Sweden
Mona Mansour, Senior Adviser, European Affairs, North Sweden European Office  
10:50 Client´s View of the Modern Silk Road - Interview by Peter Nyman
Jari Voutilainen, SVP, corporate affairs, Metsä Group
Ola Strand, CEO, Norway BluWrap
Stig-Göran Thorén, Senior Manager, Business Development, Port of Gothenburg
11:20 Boosting Marketing Efforts in China
Nancy Li, General Director, Scand-China International Link
11:40 Lunch and Networking
12:40 Global View on Container Transportations
Jarkko Rantala, Unit Manager, BSW Finland Oy
Jakub Jakóbowski, Senior Fellow at the China-EU Programme, Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland
13:10 Customs Role in Cooperation
Hannu Mäkinen, Director General, Finnish Customs
13:30 Corridor as a Service Project (CaaS) - Boosting Cargo Logistics with Digital Services
Juha Kenraali, Director General of Data, Traficom
13:50 Large Potential in the Kouvola Railroad Terminal
Petteri Portaankorva, Development Director, City of Kouvola
14:10 Coffee and Networking
14:40 Logistic Services for Railgate Finland
Anu Kujansuu, Marketing Director, Kouvola Cargo Handling Oy
15:00 VR Transpoint and Kouvola - Symbiotic Relationship
Antti Pursiainen, Sales Director, VR Transpoint
15:20 Panel Discussion: Climate Impact of  Transportation

Staffan Herlin, Marketing Director, Finnlines
Merja Kyllönen, Member of the Parliament
Jarkko Rantala, Unit Manager, BSW Finland Oy
Ari Herrala, Lobbying Manager, Finnish Transport and Logistics (SKAL)
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.