Investments and Economic Cooperation

Regional Working Group on Investments and Economic Cooperation

Regional Working Group on Investments and Economic Cooperation aims to build bridges between business life and local administration (RWGIEC). RWGIEC assesses business infrastructure from the practical viewpoint of the region’s SMEs and makes improvement proposals concerning business climate and operational conditions. RWGIEC also encourages SMEs for cross-border economic cooperation and to build up sub-contractor networks so that SMEs could participate in big-scale projects. RWGIEC is also trying to combat trade barriers and inform about the transportation needs of companies. 

 Regional Working Group on Investment and Economic Cooperation, Murmansk 2018RWGIEC meeting in Murmansk, November 2018 

The composition of the Working Group consists of representatives from the member regions. The representatives have to have experience from business life. The working group’s chairmanship rotates every second year.


Jörgen Niemann (Chair)
Region Västerbotten
Tel. +46 76 843 89 86 

Ms. Jenny Mikkelsen Spring
Business Adviser, Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Tel. +47 46890267

Mr. Terje Gustavsen
Head of Section for Business Development,
Department of Society and Business Development
Nordland County Council
Tel. +47 90683511


Yulia Efimova
Deputy Head of Economic Development Directorate
Department of Economics and Finance of Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Tel. +7 818 53 2 11 98

Tatyana Russkova
Minister of Economic Development of the Murmansk Region
Tel. +7 8152 486232, +7 8152 486440

Mr. Sergei Paromov,
Deputy Minister – Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Foreign Economic Activity and Investment, Ministry of Economic Development, Industry and Science of the Arkhangelsk Region
Tel. +7 8182 28 83 92

Aleksey Prosuzhyhk
First Deputy Minister of Investments, Industry and Transport of the Republic of Komi 
Tel. +7 8212 255434, +7 8212 255433

Mari Möttönen (former Maier)
Kainuu ELY-centre
Tel. +358 50 3508204 

Leena Lehikoinen
Business Joensuu Oy
Development Manager, Invest in and relocation services
Tel.: +358 50 350 3415



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