KANDALAKSHA: The world’s biggest aluminium producer is cutting production and closing plants. But the company still has high hopes for its unit in Murmansk Oblast. For the Kandalaksha Aluminium Plant, the future lies in the production of aluminium wires.
Maria Yarandaykina is hoping to find companies and IT-students to cooperate with when starting up her technology company. This weekend she was one of 90 aspiring entrepreneurs from Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden that gathered in Kirkenes for match-making.
Tromsø-based IT-entrepreneur Yngve Bergheim says the Barents Region has great network potential for developing east-west businesses. Teaming up with Morten Brugård, the goal is to create a cluster of “silicon valleys” in the region.
Russia is reconstructing abandoned Soviet airfields all over the Arctic, including in the Franz Josef Land, the Novaya Zemlya and New Siberian Islands. In addition, the Northern Fleet`s Severomorsk-1 is getting a facelift.
INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.
Expansion of the zone for visa-free border-crossing, cooperation in the Arctic, closer contact between the parliaments of the two nations and the situation for sexual minorities in Russia were among the issues up for discussion.