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Following the huge success of SMi's Nordic Offsets events, the 3rd conference in our Nordic Offsets series will examine the Nordic and Baltic counter-trade environment and the implications of this on the defence industry. It will give case studies on country specific industrial co-operation requirements, particularly focusing on current and future procurement projects. This conference will also address the role of the government in assisting and co-ordinating military procurement.

Nordic and Baltic Offsets and Industrial Participation 2006 will evaluate the role and current demand of offsets in the Nordic and Baltic defence industry, and will analyse emerging partnerships between defence and civil organisations, looking at how these can be profitable. It will also look at the implications of changing policy and doctrine within the individual countries.

This event will identify new thinking and techniques used to meet industrial co-operation requirements. It will also give key case studies that will enable delegates to learn where to invest their research in order ensure successful industrial co-operation programmes. Additionally, Nordic and Baltic Offsets and Industrial Participation 2006 will analyse increasing trade prospects and future countertrade and industrial co-operation requirements for the Nordic and Baltic environment.

Our exceptional speaker line up includes a Keynote Host Nation Address from...

  • Brigadier General Markku Ihantola, Chief Engineer, Finnish Defence Forces

And Special Addresses from...

  • Major General (Ret’d) Peter Lundberg, President, Association Of Swedish Defence Industries (FIF)
  • Ingvar Pärnamäe, Director, Procurement Department, Ministry of Defence, Estonia
  • Lieutenant Commander Vitalijs Klimanovs, Chairman MCG BALTRON, Latvian Naval Forces HQ
  • Indrek Sirp, Head of Baltic Co-operation Section, International Co-operation Department, Ministry of Defence, Estonia
  • Sonja Siegismund, Counsellor, Industrial Participation, National Agency for Enterprise and Construction NAEC, Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Denmark
  • Raimondas Martinavicius, Head of Industry Policy Unit, Ministry of Economy, Lithuania
  • Captain Povilas Cicenas, Deputy for Training, Lithuanian Airspace Control Centre
  • Kaj Niemi, Senior Adviser, Finnish Committee on Industrial Participation, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland
  • Åge Skøelv, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • Philippa Boman, Programme Manager, Industrial Co-operation, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
  • Martin Lundmark, Deputy Research Director, Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI)
  • Margus Kolga, Senior Research Fellow, Baltic Defence College

Benefits of Attending:

  • DISCUSS the latest changes in policies and REVIEW country-specific procurement requirements and objectives
  • LEARN from past and present industrial co-operation projects and offset experiences
  • DEVELOP practical tools and techniques for offset implementation
  • IDENTIFY current trends in the European defence market and transatlantic defence industry integration
  • EXAMINE the future path for Nordic and Baltic co-operation and opportunities for investment

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Roger Bulgin

Roger Bulgin, Managing Director, Offsets 2000

9:10 HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS: INDUSTRIAL PARTICIPATION IN FINLAND

Markku Ihantola

Markku Ihantola, Chief Engineer, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Evaluation of the offset arrangement for the F/A-18 Hornet deal – the largest offset deal negotiated in Finland
  • Have offset goals been fulfilled and what impact have they had?
  • Fulfilling defence arms procurement goals through industrial co-operation
  • Evaluation of the economic implications of defence offsets
  • Review of changes in Finnish offset guidelines and policies
  • 9:50 THE SWEDISH DEFENCE MATERIEL ORGANISATION

    Philippa  Boman

    Philippa Boman, Programme Manager, Industrial Co-operation , Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)

  • Ongoing industrial co-operation programmes
  • Possible future changes concerning Swedish acquisition in relation to industrial participation
  • The way ahead?
  • Possible changes in Swedish policy concerning industrial participation
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NORWAY PREPARES FOR REVIEW OF OFFSET GUIDELINES

    Åge  Skøelv

    Åge Skøelv, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

  • Review of six new technology priority areas
  • Other aspects to be considered in the review procedure
  • How will changes effect strategic projects that are considered important to both the Armed Forces and to the defence-related industry?
  • Status of international co-operation projects - direct and indirect
  • Recent industrial co-operation experience
  • Lessons learned and how these lessons will be implemented in future policy and procurement plans
  • 11:40 DANISH GUIDELINES FOR INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION

  • Overview of the level of Danish industrial co-operation
  • Aims and objectives of industrial co-operation in Denmark
  • New Danish guidelines on industrial participation
  • The introduction of new rewards in case of fulfilment before time and new sanctions in case of non-compliance
  • The use of multipliers and models of finding an "appropriate" level
  • The definition of "defence"/"defence-related" with regard to approving offset transactions
  • Kristian  Birk

    Kristian Birk , Head of Division, Trade and Industry , Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Denmark

    Sonja Siegismund

    Sonja Siegismund, Counsellor, Industrial Participation, National Agency for Enterprise and Construction NAEC, Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Denmark

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 DEVELOPING POLICY IN ESTONIA FOR INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION AGREEMENTS

    Ingvar  Pärnamäe

    Ingvar Pärnamäe, Director, Procurement Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

  • How policy has been developed in Estonia, the requirements for this policy and its current status
  • Economic reform in Estonia and the changing role of this policy
  • Defence plans and requirements, the Defence Review up to 2010
  • How these plans will be met through defence industrial co-operation agreements
  • The effect of being a member of NATO and the EU
    1. stable and growing liberal economy
    2. the advantages of investing in Estonia
    3. the requirements for foreign investment

    14:40 LITHUANIAN OFFSET POLICY

    Raimondas Martinavicius

    Raimondas Martinavicius, Head of Industry Policy Unit, Lithuanian Ministry of Economy

  • Industrial co-operation and offset agreements and how these are set up
  • Changes in policy and the affect it will have
  • Time constraints for the fulfilment of agreements
  • 15:20 BALTRON

    Vitalijs Klimanovs

    Vitalijs Klimanovs , Chairman, MCG BALTRON , Latvian Naval Forces HQ

  • Explanation of BALTRON
  • Advantages of BALTRON
    1. enhancing the development of Baltic navies and their defence capabilities
    2. promoting mutual understanding and interoperability to integrate within NATO and their respective NATO units
    3. additional aim to enable the multinational navy to participate in international peacekeeping
  • Rotation of the staff positions to ensure equal national participation
  • Foreign assistance
  • equipment provision and diving and signals training
  • appointment of foreign advisors to availability of expert advice
  • developing a national navy for Estonia
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    Roger Bulgin

    Roger Bulgin, Managing Director, Offsets 2000

    16:30 Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Roger Bulgin

    Roger Bulgin, Managing Director, Offsets 2000

    9:10 TRANSATLANTIC DEFENCE INDUSTRY INTEGRATION IN RELATION TO RECENT NATIONAL DEFENCE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGIES IN EUROPE

    Martin  Lundmark

    Martin Lundmark, Deputy Research Director, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • History of transatlantic defence industry integration
  • Drivers and inhibitors
  • Modes of integration
  • Accept the transatlantic gap
  • Recent defence industry trends in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden
  • Nordic co-operation compared to transatlantic and European co-operation
  • Business opportunities and challenges
  • 9:50 INDUSTRIAL PARTICIPATION AND OFFSET BASICS

    Kaj Niemi

    Kaj Niemi, Senior Advisor, Finnish Committee on Industrial Participation, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland

  • Aim of industrial participation in Finland
  • Updating the rules, aims and industrial participation procedures
  • Administration of industrial participation in Finland
  • Objectives and priorities foreign defence contractors need to observe
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DEFENCE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE BALTIC STATES

    Indrek  Sirp

    Indrek Sirp , Head of Baltic Co-operation Section, International Co-operation Department , Ministry of Defence, Estonia

  • Overview of the current projects:
  • Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL)
  • Baltic Air Surveillance Network (BALTNET)
  • Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON)
  • Future of the Baltic defence co-operation
  • Export of the model of Baltic defence co-operation
  • 11:40 THE BALTNET PROJECT

    Povilas  Cicenas

    Povilas Cicenas, Deputy for Training, Lithuanian Airspace Control Centre

  • BALTNET history - why it was established
  • Supporting Nations and funding of the project
  • Operational and administrative chain of command
  • BALTNET architecture and working method
  • BALTNET training centre
  • BALTNET future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 SWEDISH OFFSET POLICY

    Major General (Ret'd) Peter  Lundgren

    Major General (Ret'd) Peter Lundgren , President , The Association of Swedish Defence Industries (FIF)

  • Overview of the role of FIF and the defence industry in Sweden
  • The main goals of the offset policy
  • Evaluation of the main Swedish international co-operation project - successes, challenges and lessons learned
  • Review of changes in Swedish offset guidelines and policies
  • 14:40 SWEDISH INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION

    Lars Ajaxon

    Lars Ajaxon, Vice President, SAAB Industrial Co-operation

  • Preserving industrial competence free trade
  • Overview of Swedish industrial participation requirements
  • Interoperability and international industrial co-operation
  • Joint acquisition and offset projects in Sweden
  • Present and future procurement initiatives
  • 15:20 BALTICS - IS THERE ANY FUTURE FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT?

    Margus Kolga

    Margus Kolga, Senior Research Fellow, Baltic Defence College

  • Building a defence industry from scratch after the end of the Soviet system
  • Current focus of defence manufacturing and research activities
  • Current focus on defence procurement and priorities
  • Current legislation and regulations and their limitations on the use of offset
  • Baltic industry co-operation - the way forward
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    Roger Bulgin

    Roger Bulgin, Managing Director, Offsets 2000

    16:30 Close of Conference

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