Building a New Economic Corridor

The milestone international two-day event of the Rail Baltica project in 2017 on Rail Baltica economic potential, procurement regulation and organization, as well as facilitation of suppliers' networking. It will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions as well as potential suppliers for the project from across Europe.

A live video stream will be available on both Forum days to those who cannot attend the event!

“Rail Baltica project provides opportunities that must be seen today, to be able to use them tomorrow. It is a unique, large-scale and complex trans-national infrastructure project to form the new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of Europe with the rest of the Union. Hope to see you in Riga in April! We can bring the best ideas, practice and solutions together to link nations, people, and places.”

Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail AS

PROGRAMME

Day 1April 24, 2017

8:00–9:00
Registration and Coffee / Networking
9:00–9:45
Opening Session
  • Welcoming Address
H.E. Māris Kučinskis,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia
  • Rail Baltica – a Flagship Project of EU Significance
Mr. Herald Ruijters,
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport,
DG MOVE, EU Commission
  • Rail Baltica – a New Economic Corridor
Ms. Baiba Rubesa,
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
9:45–10:35
Ministerial Panel Discussion
“Adding Value to European Connectivity through Baltic and Polish Cooperation”

Ms. Kadri Simson
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure,
Republic of Estonia

Mr. Uldis Augulis
Minister of Transport,
Republic of Latvia

Mr. Rokas Masiulis
Minister of Transport and Communications,
Republic of Lithuania

Mr. Andrzej Bittel
Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction,
Republic of Poland

Moderated by Ms. Catherine Trautmann
European Coordinator North-Sea Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor
10:35–12:05
Plenary Session
“Transport Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Growth”
  • Transport Infrastructure Impact on Economic Geography, 
    Development, Connectivity: the International Experience
Mr. Emile Quinet
Ecole des Ponts – ParisTech, France
  • The Rail Baltica Global Project Cost–Benefit Analysis
Mr. Nauris Kļava
Partner, Ernst & Young Baltic Ltd.
  • Q&A Session
12:05–13:20
Lunch Break / Networking
13:20–14:45
Plenary Session
"Rail Baltica – enabling new freight logistics and supply chain solutions"
  • Finnish Business Opportunities with Rail Baltica
Mr. Jorma Härkönen
Director of LIMOWA Logistics Centre Cluster, Finland
  • Baltic Business Opportunities with Rail Baltica
Mr. Normunds Krūmiņš
Chairman of the Board, Latvian Logistics Association
  • Rail Baltica in Poland – Infrastructure and Logistics Development
Mr. Jakub Kapturzak
Deputy Director Department of Railway Transport,
Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction of the Republic of Poland
  • Q&A Session
14:45–16:20
Plenary Session
"Getting Ready for the Future Passenger"
  • Passenger Mobility in the Baltics – a Catalyst for Regional Cohesion
Mr. Arnis Kākulis
Director, Baltic Region, AECOM
  • Passenger Demand Forecast and Opportunities for Rail Baltica
Mr. Raimonds Aronietis
Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum at the OECD
  • Urbanisation of Knowledge Economy in the Baltic Region
Mr. Emīls Rode
Live Baltic Campus Project
  • Q&A Session
16:10–16:35
Coffee Break / Networking
16:35–18:10
Panel Discussion on the Potential for Regional Connectivity and Secondary Economic Benefits
  • Benefits of High Speed Rail in France
Mr. Dominique Deau
Retired Railway Expert, Former Development Director of NexTEO SNCF Reseau and SNCF Mobilites, France
  • Rail Baltica Urban Impacts: Improved City Planning in a Connected Region
Mr. Oskars Redbergs
Rail Baltica Urban Impacts Project
  • High Speed Rail Infrastructure as a Platform for Digitalization and Innovation. Recommendations for Rail Baltica
Mr. Philippe Citroën
Director General, UNIFE

Moderated by Mr. Kaspars Briškens
Business Development manager, RB Rail AS
  • Q&A Session
18:10–18:15
Closing Remarks
18:15–18:35
Coffee/Networking

Day 2April 25, 2017

9:00–10:00
Registration and Coffee / Networking
10:00–10:15
Opening Session
  • Welcoming Address
Mr. Edvīns Bērziņš
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS
10:15–12:25
Morning Session
  • Rail Baltica – Project of the Century
Ms. Baiba Rubesa
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Procurement Organisation and Regulation – 
    Procurement Policy, Principles, Guidelines for Suppliers, etc.
Mr. Kaspars Rokens
RB Rail AS
  • What to be Taken into Consideration 
    for National Procurement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania?
Mr. Kristjan Kaunissaare
Rail Baltic Estonia Coordinator,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

Mr. Dins Merirands
Member of the Board, Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas

Mr. Dainius Budrys
Director, Rail Baltica statyba
  • Rail Baltica Procurement Announced in 2017
Mr. Kaspars Rokens
RB Rail AS
  • Q&A Session
12:30–15:00
Suppliers' Meeting Room Open
Parallel to the afternoon session, the Suppliers' Meeting Room will be open for companies interested in networking and meeting potential partners. The specially designated places will be available on a "first come, first served" basis to the interested suppliers.
12:30–15:00
Lunch Buffet
12:30–13:10
Afternoon Session
  • Rail Baltica Procurement in 2017 – Studies
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann
Planning and Implementation Manager, RB Rail AS
Mr. Kaspars Briškens
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS
  • Q&A Session
13:15–13:45
  • Rail Baltica Procurement in 2017 – Design
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann
Planning and Implementation Manager,
RB Rail AS
  • Q&A Session
13:50–14:20
  • Multi-Modal Public Transport Hub in Riga – Central Railway Station dDsign & Build.
Mr. Agnis Driksna
Director of Development and Cooperation,
Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas
14:20–14:25
Closing Remarks
14:40–15:40
  • Visit to Riga Central Railway Station
Organized in cooperation with Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas

Speakers

Māris Kučinskis Māris Kučinskis Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Māris Kučinskis is Prime Minister of Latvia since 11 February 2016. Previously he was the Member of the 12th Saeima, where he was the Chairman of Sustainable Development Commission. He has took the position of Minister for Regional Development and Local Governments and was a Member of the 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th Saeima. Māris Kučinskis has also served as Executive Director of Latvian Large Cities Association and was Chairman of Valmiera District Council and City Council.
Māris Kučinskis has graduated the Department of Management and Economic Information in University of Latvia.

View the welcoming address at the Rail Baltica Global Forum 2017 here.

Uldis Augulis Uldis Augulis Minister of Transport, Republic of Latvia

Uldis Augulis was appointed as the Minister of Transport of Latvia on February 11, 2016. Before, Augulis held the post of Minister for Welfare and was a Member of the 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th term in the national parliament (Saeima). Previously Minister Augulis was a Chairman of the Central Land Commission, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as held other leading positions in public and private organizations. Uldis Augulis has graduated University of Latvia, Finance Management Faculty


View the speech (in Latvian) at the Rail Baltica Global Forum 2017 here.

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Māris Kučinskis

Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Māris Kučinskis is Prime Minister of Latvia since 11 February 2016. Previously he was the Member of the 12th Saeima, where he was the Chairman of Sustainable Development Commission. He has took the position of Minister for Regional Development and Local Governments and was a Member of the 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th Saeima. Māris Kučinskis has also served as Executive Director of Latvian Large Cities Association and was Chairman of Valmiera District Council and City Council.
Māris Kučinskis has graduated the Department of Management and Economic Information in University of Latvia.

View the welcoming address at the Rail Baltica Global Forum 2017 here.

Kadri Simson Kadri Simson Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Republic of Estonia

Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party. Previously Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu, the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee. In 2013, Kadri Simson was elected in Pärnu City Council and in 2009, she was elected as a member of Tallinn City Council. Kadri Simson also took the position of the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party, served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn and the Advisor of Tallinn City Council, as well as the Consultant of the European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu. Kadri Simson has acquired a degree in History at the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University College London.

Rokas Masiulis Rokas Masiulis Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania

Rokas Masiulis was appointed as Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania in 2016. Previously, Rokas Masiulis served as Minister of Energy. 

Before joining the Government he served as CEO and later also as a member of the Board of Directors at the state-controlled oil terminal operator, SE Klaipėdos Nafta. During his term as CEO of Klaipėdos Nafta, Rokas Masiulis was in charge of the implementation of LNG terminal project. LNG terminal has started its operation in December 2014. He was also CEO of Lithuania‘s natural gas trading company LITGAS and Director of Business Development as well as Finance of LEO LT, an electricity holding company. For 14 years Rokas Masiulis held a number of senior positions at Energy practices of “Arthur Andersen” and “Ernst & Young“. His regional focus covered Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Minister Masiulis holds a degree in International Relations and Political Science as well as Master’s degree in Economics from Vilnius University.

Andrzej Bittel Andrzej Bittel Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Republic of Poland

Andrzej Bittel is responsible for railways in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction of Poland.

He graduated from Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University (MA). He also completed postgraduate studies in management in public administration at Kozminski University and Postgraduate Study of European Self-Government Law in Polish Academy of Sciences

Career history: In 2006, Andrzej Bittel served as mayor of Wawer district of Capital City of Warsaw. In 2007-2010 he was an officer of the Central Anticorruption Bureau. He was deputy mayor of two Warsaw districts: Ursynów (2010-2013) and Targówek district (2013-2014). In 2015 he became head of the Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Protection at the County Office in Pruszków.

Herald Ruijters Herald Ruijters Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Since 1 February 2017, Herald Ruijters is the Director responsible for Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport in DG Mobility and Transport, while at the same time continuing as Head of Unit responsible for the Trans European Network (TEN-T). He assumed the role of Head of Unit in 2009 and has been directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines.

He was previously working in the same DG from 2005 to 2009, in order to promote the implementation of TEN-T projects in cooperation with the European Coordinators, and for the development of road safety policy, from 1997 to 2005. Before coming to the Commission he held various positions in The Netherlands related to transport.

Herald Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and was post-graduated at the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.

Catherine Trautmann Catherine Trautmann The European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor

Catherine Trautmann has been acting as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor since 29 October 2014. Born in Strasbourg, France, she became active in local and national politics in the early 1980s. She was elected Mayor of Strasbourg in 1989-1997 and subsequently became Minister for Culture and Communications in 1997-2000. She served as Member of the European Parliament in the years 1989-1997 and again in 2004-2014 as President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament.

Edvīns Bērziņš Edvīns Bērziņš Chairman of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS

Edvīns Bērziņš has MA in Law and MBA degree of the Norwegian–Latvian Professional Master Programme "Innovations and Entrepreneurship" (Riga Technical University, RTU). In 2016, he has graduated the Professional Board Member Education Program at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG).

He has been Head of International Relations Department in the Police Academy of Latvia, has worked as Legal Consultant at "Lattelecom" ltd., Head of Legal Department in "Latvijas kuģniecība AS", has been Member of the Board at "Latvijas kuģniecība AS". Since 2011, he is a member of the Board at "Latvijas dzelzceļš" VAS. During 2015, Mr. Bērziņš took the position of Interim CEO of the joint venture "RB Rail AS" (project Rail Baltica) and now holds the position of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at "RB Rail AS". Since 2016, he acts as Chairman of the Board at SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš.

He is also Vice-President of the Employers' Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), Presidium Member at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Member of the RTU Advisory Board, Council Member of the LCCI, Chairman of Latvia-Belarus and Latvia-Kazakhstan Councils of Business Cooperation, as well as Member of the Councillors’ Convent and Member of Law Faculty Dome at Turiba University.

Baiba A. Rubesa Baiba A. Rubesa CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Baiba A. Rubesa is an experienced international manager in a range of business areas: oil and gas, retail, automotive and telecommunications. She has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Norway.
Since October 2015 Rubesa is Chairperson of the Management Board and CEO of RB Rail AS. In January 2017 she was appointed a Supervisory Board member to Latvia’s largest company, Latvenergo. Prior to that she worked as a consultant and new business developer in her own company, RFactor Sia, and served as a Supervisory Board member for Citadeles banka. She has also driven a business agenda as the global Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Statoil ASA, Government and Public Affairs & HSE director for Statoil in the Caspian region, Managing Director for Latvija Statoil SIA and Marketing Director, Statoil Baltic States.
Rubesa has served as a Supervisory Board member, DNB NORD banka, Chaired the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, been a Vice President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Currently she serves on the Supervisory Board of the think tank “Providus” and in the foundation Kokneses Fonds to support the development of the Memorial Site “Likteņdārzs”.
Rubesa was educated in Toronto, Canada at York University and Shaw colleges

View the presentation “Rail Baltica – a new economic corridor” here.

SUPPLIERS

The Industry Suppliers' Day - a platform for building cooperation bridges

LIST OF SUPPLIERS

Take the advantage to find and network with other companies which could be of interest to you.

A Ā B C Č D E Ē F G Ģ H I Ī J K Ķ L Ļ M N Ņ O P Q R S Š T U Ū V W X Y Z Ž
If you want to receive the full list of Supplier day participants and their contacts please note it during registration for DAY 2. The list will be shared only with those who had given permission to include their contacts in it.

A.C.B AS
Construction

Aarsleff Rail
Construction

ABB SIA
Energetics

ABB Switzerland
Manufacturing, production industry

ACCIONA Infarstructuras S.A.
Construction

Acte Rail
Construction

AECOM
Architecture and design

ALPA Centrums
Transportation, logistics and storage

Alstom
Other

Alstom Transport SA
Manufacturing, production industry

ALVORA UAB
Construction

AMPLEXOR Latvia
Other

Ardanuy Ingenieria S.A.
Architecture and design

Assecor Baltic SIA
IT and communications

Accommodation possibilities

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel situated in the centre of Riga is offering special discount rate for conference participants. Access the offer HERE by using special code RBGF17 during the booking.

RADISSON BLU LATVIJA CONFERENCE & SPA HOTEL, RIGA
Elizabetes 55
LV-1010 Riga, Latvia
Tel: +371 677 72222
Fax: +371 677 72221
info.latvija.riga@radissonblu.com

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Tel: +371 6777 2345
Fax: +371 6777 2332
latvia.sales@radissonblu.com

Riga offers many lovely accommodation possibilities that you can find on BOOKING.COM.

Directions from Riga International Airport:

  • By car (10 km – 15-20 minutes): directions can be found HERE.
  • By public transport (30 to 45 minutes): the closest bus stops to the hotel are Esplanāde (2 min. walk) and Elizabetes iela (5 min. walk).

From the airport (bus stop Lidosta Riga), minibus 241 is direct to Esplanāde. On Sundays, frequency is between two and three buses an hour (timetable can be found HERE).

Another option is to take bus 22 towards Abrenes iela (also from bus stop Lidosta Riga) and stop at RMR (ride 10 minutes). At RMR, take bus 53 towards Esplanāde and stop at Esplanāde (ride 20 minutes).
More information on public transport options from the airport can be found HERE.

Directions from Riga Train Station (Centrālā Stacija)

The train station is a short 15 minute walk from the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel.

Directions can be found HERE.

Parking opportunities

We recommend to park your car near the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel:

  • Europark, 44 Brīvības street: directions and prices can be found HERE.
  • Europark, 55 Elizabetes street: directions and prices can be found HERE.

Visa applications

If you need an invitation for a Visa, please point it out during the REGISTRATION for the conference. In order to obtain a Visa please follow the instructions on General information ABOUT OBTAINING VISAS IN LATVIA. The organizers undertake to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia on the potential participants of the Forum who needs to have a visa to go to the Republic of Latvia. The sole responsibility in obtaining the Visa is up to the applicant.

Working language

Day 1 - English, Latvian, Polish with simultaneous translation
Day 2 - English

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The Forum is organised by RB Rail, a joint venture of three Baltic States, and supported by the project’s national implementing bodies in the three countries – Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, and UAB Rail Baltica Statyba. All cooperation partners are responsible for the implementation of Rail Baltica – the largest railroad infrastructure project - to be constructed - in the Baltic countries in the last 100 years. Rail Baltica will form a new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of the Europe with the rest of the European Union.

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