Economic Cooperation

Working Group on Economic Cooperation


The Barents Region holds remarkable economic potential. It is an important producer of natural resources and an important supplier of raw materials and Northern know-how. The Region offers great possibilities for economic activities for example in the fields of extractive industry, tourism and oil and gas production. In the long term, the opening of the Northern Sea Route will bring the Region new economic prospects.

The Working Group on Economic Cooperation (WGEC) seeks to promote economic development of the Barents Region through enhanced cooperation between the BEAC member states. WGEC works closely together with the regional business life, the Chambers of Commerce and the Barents Business Advisory Group (BBAG). The biennial Barents Industrial Partnership meetings are the highlights of each WGEC Presidency.    

There is a separate forum for forest sector cooperation in the Barents Region – the Barents Forest Sector Network (BFSN) which reports to the Working Group on Economic Cooperation.

WGEC in Stockholm, March 2019


Tomas Dahlman (Chair)
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation  
Tel: +46 8 405 10 00 
Mob: +46 70 519 02 45

Marija Milivojevic
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Tel: +46 8 405 20 16

Rafael Usubov
Department of Economic Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +7 499 241 31 24.

Petri Haapalainen
Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Employment and Economy
Tel: +358 295064922

Erika A. Vartdal
Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
Tel: +47 47386110

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