Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson / NFF 2015

Nine Prime Ministers discuss creative industries and public sector innovation at Northern Future Forum in Reykjavik

Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has invited the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe at the Northern Future Forum seminar, to be held in Reykjavik on 28th – and 29th of October 2015. The themes of the meeting are creative industries and simpler, smarter and innovative public services

The Northern Future Forum brings together for the fifth time in an informal setting the Prime Ministers of nine countries as well as business leaders and experts. Iceland, this year’s host country, wishes to stimulate debate on the importance of creative industries which account for higher than average growth and job creation, where measureable and innovation as a catalyst for change in the way public services are run. All of the countries participating in the event are facing common challenges, which include the need to balance public sector finances, digitalisation, and international competition.

“The Northern Future Forum is a great way to pool our knowledge and learn from one another. It is a unique venue where academia, the business sector and policy makers from nine countries come together to present and discuss innovative ideas. The challenges of our countries are in many ways similar and the sharing of ideas and knowledge in this open way strengthens our abilities to work through them” says Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.   “Iceland has some leading experts in these fields and we also look forward to learn from the discussions and to be inspired by our guests’ ideas and solutions.”

The seminar will be held at Grand Hotel Reykjavík. It will be possible to follow the event’s opening speeches, closing session and press conference by webcast.

The members of the Northern Future Forum met for the first time in London in January 2011. The seminar has also been held in Stockholm, Riga and Helsinki.

Further information: Arnar Þór Másson, Director General, tel. +354 545-8475 and Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Head of Division, tel. +354-545 8473, Prime Minister’s Office

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