“E-procurement increases efficiency due to competition, transparency and lower transaction costs. It also reduces the opportunity for fraud and corruption due to automated processes.”  

Tuesday 19th March 2019 

9.00-9.30 Registration, coffee and welcome

9.30-10.00 Kati Riikonen, Industry Head, Google Finland (video presentation) -Driving eCommerce Growth

10.00-10.30 Harri Eskelin, Founder, Suppilog Finland Oy -The future of e-com isn't in webshops - it's in trading platforms and ecosystems

10.30-11.00 Martti Kettunen, Principal Lecturer, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK -VirtualLab service and cybersecurity of online trading

11.00-11.30 Mika Lammi, Head of IoT Business Development, Kouvola Innovation Ltd. -Blockchains in Logistics

11.30-12.30 Lunch and networking

12.30-13.00 Elina Multanen, Managing Director of Finnhub, Finnhub association -A Story About Logistics Tinder

13.00-15.30 Round table discussions between project partners a) Analyzing good practices within e-procurement b) Benefits and barriers within e-procurement c) When and how do SMEs benefit from implementing e-procurement?

Wednesday 20th March 2019

9.30-10.30 Site visit: Nitro Games Oy, Juha Vainion katu 2, 48100 Kotka

11.00-12.00 Guided tour “High seas and history” in Maritime Centre Vellamo

12.00-13.00 Lunch and networking

13.00-14.30 Policy recommendations for a) Policy makers how to overcome the challenges for SMEs within e-procurement b) The role of business support agencies and business programs in supporting SMEs to benefit from e-procurement Summary and next steps