Norwegian-Russian Business Forum VI (NRBF VI) – 18 October 2018


09:00Registration of participants
10:00Welcome speeches:
Vadim Chubarov, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia)
Liv Monica Stubholt, President of the Norwegian–Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC)
10:10High-level presentations:
Egor Bronnikov, acting Director General of the Department for Europe, North America and International Organizations, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Vice Co-Chair of the Russian Part of the Intergovernmental Russian-Norwegian Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation
Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen, State Secretary for the Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway.
10:35Plenary session I: Russian Economy: Reforms and Developments
Moderator: Georgy Petrov, Advisor to the President, CCI of Russia

Panel discussion:
Discussion will comprise topics related to macro-economic outlooks in Russia, news on Russia’s SME policy, efforts towards intensified cooperation within and with Eurasia, new Russian Government’s priorities and plans, cooperation with foreign countries in general and Norway in particular and Russia`s growing interest towards the Arctic.

Natalia Orlova, Chief Economist, Alfa Bank (tbc)
Andrey Spartak, Director, All-Russian Science and Research Market Institute; Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexey Vedev, Finance Research Director, Head of Department, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy. Former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
11:45Coffee break
12:15Plenary session II: Norwegian-Russian business cooperation
Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt, President of the NRCC

Panel discussions:
How to achieve balanced bilateral trade with increasing restrictions in trade and growing protectionism? What are the overall perspectives for Norwegian-Russian business cooperation? What could or should be the priorities of the CCIs of Russia, NRCC and other organizations that aim to strengthen bilateral business cooperation? The panellists will answer these and other questions and share their views on existing business development opportunities, potential for cooperation in the Arctic and other topics of mutual interest.

Arnt Knudsen, Senior Vice President, Kværner
Halfdan Millang, CEO, Rosneft Nordic Oil
Georgy Petrov, Special advisor of the President, CCI of Russia
Håkon Skretting, Regional Director of Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) and head of the Stavanger office, Director Arctic, Canada, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and USA
Rune Arnøy, CEO/Port Director, Port of Narvik
Rolf Fiskerstrand, President, Fiskerstrand Shipyard, representing Møre Maritime Russia Cluster
13:30Lunch break and networking
14:30Parallel sessions

Speakers will discuss both ongoing cooperation and potential new areas for collaboration and as well logistics solutions in the High North. Research and development for sustainable production, possibilities for the service and supply industry with new and cutting-edge expertise will be discussed. Harsh weather conditions in the Russian and Norwegian High North, strict national and international legislation and the high standards required by O & G operators call for adequate approach in the whole values chain, that also includes appropriate standards within infrastructure development and environment protection. Effective utilization of the resource potential is an important basis for the competitiveness of the supply industry. Both the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the Barents Sea are among the world’s largest offshore markets, providing activities for local and international suppliers and a basis for employment within all stages of the value chain.

Sergey Nikitin, Oil & Gas Expert and Geir Seljeseth, Regional Director, Norwegian Oil & Gas

Axel M. Thorsdal, Country Manager Russia, General Director Kværner LLC
Halfdan Millang, CEO, Rosneft Nordic Oil
Thor Christian Andvik, Project Director Arctic and Cold Climate Solutions, NORWEP
Roman Almakaev, Head of Division, Sovcomflot
Mikhail Belkin, State Policy Director, Directorate of the Northern Sea Route, State Corporation Rosatom
Evgeny Makarov, Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer, Marine Arctic Geological Expedition (MAGE)
Nils Andreas Masvie, Vice President, DNV GL
Frode Mellemvik, Director, High North Center / Nord University
Genady Shmal, President, Union of Oil & Gas Producers of Russia
Leonid Surguchev, CEO, LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf
Felix H. Tschudi, Chairman of the BoD, Center for High North Logistics, and owner of Tschudi Shipping Company

Q&A session and possible contributions from front row participants.

Speakers will inform about challenges and opportunities related to the ongoing renewal and modernization program of the Russian fishing fleet and will outline the possibilities for collaboration in construction and repairs of the fleet. The moderators will divert focus on perspectives for local content and localization of maritime vessel equipment. There will also be an open dialogue on issues related to research, development of ship technologies, engineering, project financing and the latest inventions within green-ship thinking and hybrid propulsion. Participants will learn about success stories presented and discuss how to stimulate the development of maritime industrial cooperation between Norway and Russia as discussed in the bilateral Working Group for Shipbuilding in May this year.

Nikolay Shablikov, Deputy Director, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Department for Shipbuilding and Kjetil Nilsen, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Marine

Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen, State Secretary for the Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway.
Kornelius Baade, Vice President Sales, Mørenot Fisheries
John Terje Drege, CEO, Ekornes Contract
Irina-Emily Hansen, Research Fellow, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Aleksandr Navolotsky, Head of Supplier Development and R&D Department, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Børge Skeide, Vice President, Rolls-Royce Marine
Bjørn Bjørkavåg, Sales Manager, Optimar
Dmitry Stoyanov, Deputy Director General for Civil Maritime Engineering, KURS Central Scientific Research Institute
Inge Bertil Straume, Sales Manager Fishing Vessels, Skipsteknisk

Q&A session and possible contributions from front row participants.
Speakers will outline the existing bilateral business cooperation and the possibilities for improved business dialogue within the Aqua sector. Both sea and land-based aquaculture will be given significant focus. The State program of the Russian Federation aims to increase aquaculture production and is presently searching for new formats in their cooperation with Norway. Norwegian aquaculture experience, management and technological solutions are competitive in international markets. The task is to develop win-win models for cooperation within the sector. The session will also focus on research, development of fish farm technologies, engineering, project financing and the latest inventions within both sea and land-based farming.

Natalia Ivankova, Head of Division for Aquaculture, Federal Agency for Fishery of the Russian Federation and Alexei Bambulyak, Head of Department, Russia & Eastern Europe, Akvaplan-niva

Petr Aldakov, Chief Investments Specialist, Kaluga Region Government Representative Office in Moscow
Danil Eltekov, representing AquaOptima
Anton A. Giæver, CEO, Akvaplan-niva, representing Norwegian Aquaculture Science and Development
Lars Konrad Johnsen, Equity Research Analyst/Aquaculture, Fearnley Securities
Yuriy Kitashin, First Deputy General Director, Russian Aquaculture
Ivan Zagorsky, Chief Technology Specialist, Aquaculture, Skretting Group
Yuriy Saveliev, Director General, Corporation for Development of the Republic of Karelia
Lars Sundquist, CEO, Northern Production
Børge Søraas, CEO, Aqua Optima
Kornelius Baade, Vice President Sales, Mørenot Fisheries
Hans-Olav Rekdal, Senior Project Manager, NRCC Aqua Events 2018-2020

Q&A session and possible contributions from front row participants.
19:00Reception in the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. Hosted by H.E. Rune Resaland, Norway’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation. By invitation only.
(address: ul. Povarskaya 7)

*The program is subject to changes.