IPA Forum 2014 – towards a more competitive Baltic Sea Region
The inward investment promotion professionals from around the Baltic Sea Region gathered in Helsinki.
IPA Forum 2014 Day 1 was held in a beautiful nature center Haltia. Photo: Seppo Samuli.
Over 100 participants from 15 different countries gathered together in IPA Forum 2014 held on 9-10 June in Helsinki, Finland. The forum focused on strengthening cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) by sharing best practices, networking and creating synergies between participating organizations.
The conference provided insightful keynotes on the economic state of the Baltic Sea Region, and generated discussion about the possibilities for regional cooperation. Introduction of the latest State of the Region Report by Baltic Development Forum and the presentation of FDI trends in the region provided valuable input for further discussions on how to deal with a changing global economic environment in the field of investment attraction. Topics on megatrends and their implications to the work of IPAs, insights into corporate perspective on BSR as an investment location and lead generation and pipeline management, gave much food for thought.
Audience could ask questions from keynote speakers by using the CatchBox microphone at IPA Forum 2014. Photo: Seppo Samuli.
IPA Forum’s second day provided an opportunity to deepen the discussions on what Baltic Sea Region as a whole has to offer and what collective activities could be done to enhance the competitiveness of the region. The forum participants discussed the issues within 5 thematic workshop tracks, namely:
Attracting ICT investments in the new era of ICT
Attracting Growth Capital investments
The innovation game – competing for R&D investments
What does success mean in investment promotion? – Measuring & reporting FDI, it’s impact and the contribution of IPAs
Marketing as a tool in investment attraction
Workshops encouraged participants to identify and discuss areas of concrete collaboration possibilities, and laid the ground for many interesting ideas, such as establishing a standardized ways for measuring and tracking FDI results with the help of a jointly funded database, and organizing an annual IPA conference for continued cooperation and information sharing.
Intensive workshops ran through the whole IPA Forum Day 2 at Aalto Design Factory. Photo: Seppo Samuli.
According to the feedback, over 70% considered networking and meeting colleagues already alone a strong reason to participate in the event. The overall positive feedback from the IPA Forum 2014 signals that a direction towards a more globally competitive Baltic Sea Region through cooperation and joined forces is a welcomed idea. Whether joining forces means a collective database, an annual industry event, common sales arguments or something entirely different, awaits for further discussions.
IPA Forum 2014 is a part of a project called ONE BSR, a partly EU-funded umbrella project for branding the Baltic Sea Region. The project aims to increase the global competitiveness of the region. For more information see www.onebsr.eu.
This HBH statement on cookies and related technologies applies to the use of such technologies when you visit this website.
What are cookies and why we use them?
Cookies are small text files stored on your device by websites you visit.
Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you, but they may be linked directly or indirectly to you when combined with other information. In these cases, cookies may be treated as personal data. We make no effort to identify you personally from cookies.
Cookies can either be session cookies (they last only until you close your browser) or persistent (they remain on your computer or device until you delete them). Session cookies are usually used to remember relevant settings of your browsing session. Persistent cookies may typically be used for targeted advertising and gaining insight on how you use our website. We use both session and persistent cookies. Our persistent cookies are set to expire no later than two years after last refresh.
Collect statistical information on the use of our website. This helps us measure the effect of our marketing efforts and guides us in providing you with a better service. Depending on your browser settings, some of this information may also be shared with third-party service providers (e.g. Google Analytics).
Provide relevant content. Cookies allow us to tailor site's content to better match your needs and interests.
Please note that if you disable cookies, some website functionality may be limited.
Essential website cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our site functions. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website.
Google Analytics cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visits to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Maps and external video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.