Press Release 127/2013
A business delegation chaired by Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb will make a Team Finland export promotion visit to Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 4–6 June. The delegation will consist of approximately 60 representatives of Finnish companies and organisations as well as the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce. The companies represent, for example, the construction, energy, cleantech, food and foodstuff industry, education, tourism and trade sectors.
Yekaterinburg is the administrative centre of the Sverdlovsk Oblast and the centre of the administration, business life and culture in the Urals region. Finland develops its cooperation relations with various regions of Russia in a comprehensive manner. There are 15 cities with more than a million inhabitants in Russia, and among these Yekaterinburg is the fourth biggest. The Sverdlovsk Oblast is one of the most dynamic industrial centres in Russia, known particularly for refining of metals, mining industry, mechanical engineering, and its excellent logistical location.
The purpose of the Team Finland trip is to promote business opportunities of Finnish companies, enhance the status of Finnish companies already operating in the area, deepen the existing long-term cooperation relationships, and encourage establishment of new contacts. Interesting sectors for cooperation include logistics and transport, construction and building maintenance, energy efficiency and the environment sector, metal industry and industrial equipment, mining industry, as well as services, trade and tourism.
During the visit, Minister Stubb will open the Finnish Business in Yekaterinburg business forum with Governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Yevgeny Kuyvashev. He will meet with leaders of the Sverdlovsk Oblast administration and the City of Yekaterinburg. The Minister will also discuss with the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Urals Federal District Igor Holmanskih; give a lecture at Ural Federal University; visit Uralelectromed, a company involved in mining and metallurgical sector and partly owned by Outotec; participate in the laying of the foundation stone at a YIT construction site; and open Finland's visa centre. In addition, a meeting of the regional working group of Finland and the Sverdlovsk Oblast, operating under the Finnish-Russian Economic Commission, will be held during the visit.
The companies and organisations participating in the visit are: Aalto University Executive Education, ABB, Accountor Konsu, Atria, Attorneys at Law Borenius, Aurora Incoming Levi, Commit, Erikkila, Evli Bank, Fazer, Finnair, Finnvera, Finpro, Fintravel, Fortum, Haaga-Helia Global Education Services, Hamina Satamakiinteistöt, Honkarakenne, Idman Airfield, Industri-Textil Job, Isku Interior, Itella, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu Region Development Company JOSEK, Kemi Tourism Ltd, Central Karelia Development Company KETI Ltd, Klinkmann, Konecranes, Kouvola Innovation, KPM-Engineering, Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lemminkäinen, Lumene, Marttiini, Metos, Nefco, Outotec, Paakkola Conveyors, Paulig, Pellopuu, Pohjanmaan Kaluste, the North Karelia Chamber of Commerce, Polar Logistics International, Pöyry, Qualitron, Rinne Market, Rinteenkulma, Safartica, Santa Park, Schenker, SOL, Stockmann, Tieto, UPM-Kymmene, Uraltiivi, Wärtsilä and YIT.
Additional information: Mari-Kaisa Brander, Press Attaché to the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, tel. +358 40 131 3388 and Marja Liivala, Counsellor, Unit for Russia, tel. +358 50 401 6135