Almedalen 2017 – Shedding light on India, China and the CIS-countries
A few weeks ago, Sweden’s most hyped and crowded annual event – the Almedalen Week, took place inside the medieval city walls of Visby, Gotland. Six Year Plan has been part of this networking event for many years and for 2017 we decided it was time to give some extra attention to the international aspects of our business.
In-between fine rain and sunshine, we organized seminars and panel discussions about challenges and opportunities in three important markets – India, China and the CIS-countries in our garden at Mellangatan 37. And as the sun started to set we arranged tailored dinner conversations by connecting our clients with people of common interests but with different expertise and experiences at the table.
We started this year’s Almedalen Week on Monday 3/7 with a public affairs focused discussion about the possibilities to influence the Indian government. Together with the Sweden-India Business Council we hosted a panel discussion about how Swedish corporations may work with the Indian authorities to support their business.
On Tuesday 4/7, for the fifth time in a row, Sweden-China Trade Council together with Six Year Plan and DLA piper organized “The China Hour” – an afternoon seminar focused on economy, politics, trade, human rights and Sweden’s and China’s global role in all of the above. Our garden was packed with curious minds eager to hear experts talking about China’s role in the new emerging world order, implications for Sweden and whether Chinese investments in the Nordics constitute an opportunity or a threat.
On Thursday 5/7, we switched focus towards a close but still “far away“ market in many terms – the countries of the former Soviet Union. Despite a large Swedish corporate presence companies struggle to stay put due to corruption, grey zones and other business risks. As a member of the global FIPRA-network, Six Year Plan organized a seminar about business and risk management in the CIS-countries. The intimate “round-the table” conversation focused on managing lack of transparency, building trust with stakeholders and following ethical guidelines in these potentially lucrative markets.
Many thanks to all of you who attended our events and we hope to see you next year!