Day 1

Wednesday February 23rd 2022

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Starter om

Program

11:00Registration
12:00Lunch
13:00Opening
13:10Welcome to Kirkenes
Lena Bergeng, Mayor Sør-Varanger Municipality.
13:15The Geopolitical Barents
Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia. (written)Lavrov´s speech will be read by Teimuraz O. Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway
Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs, FinlandDigital
Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Affairs, SwedenDigital
13:50Border cooperation for the future
Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Matti Anttonen, State Secretary Finnish MFA
Teimuraz O. Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway
14:15Olga Kuznetsova, Deputy Governor of the Murmansk RegionDigital participation
Bjørn Inge Mo, Governor Troms and Finnmark county
14:30Coffe break
15:00Local border traffic permit 10 years.
Experiences and opportunities for the future.
Lena Bergeng, Mayor Sør-Varanger Municipality
Toni K. Laine, Mayor Inari Municipality
Nikolay Konygin, Russian Consul General to Kirkenes
15:30The value of open borders
Kai Eide, former Norwegian ambassador to NATODigital
Arne O. Holm, Editor High North News
Lars Peder Nordbakken, Civita
Mikko Kärnä, Finnish Arctic Parlamentarians
Michael Mann, EU Ambassador to the Arctic.
16:10Dag Rune Olsen, Rector UIT - Arctic University of Norway
16:20Ellen Øseth, Assistant Director Norwegian Polar Institute
16:30Coffe break
16:50Business development in challenging times
Olga Kuznetsova, Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region(Digital)
Hans Christian Dall Nygård, Kirkenes Fondsforvaltning
Felix Tschudi, Tschudi Shipping Company
Atle Berge, CEO Ølen Betong
Tiina Jortikka-Laitinen, Ambassador Arctic Investments Opportunities
Timo Rautajoki, Lapland Chamber of Commerce
17:40Thorvald Stoltenberg's Award 2022
Presented by Emil Stoltenberg, Thorvald’s grandson
18:30Opening Barents Spektakel
19:00Social gathering at Thon
20:00Conference dinner at Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Celebration of 10 years with local border traffic permit.