Chairman of the board of Enterprise Estonia Alo Ivask called for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and Belarusian entrepreneurs to enter the European Union market through Estonia.
Alo Ivask said that Estonia as a member of the European Union and carrier of the Scandinavian business culture can be an effective centre and gate for Eastern Partnership countries for entering the EU market. “Our business friendly economic environment and tax system, flexible work policy, modern e-solutions, and location definitely offer a good opportunity for it,” Ivask said. “We are also happy to share the advantages of the e-state through e-residency with the Eastern Partners,” said Ivask.
Ivask expressed hope that the business forum will help Eastern Partnership country entrepreneurs to find new business opportunities and contacts and encouraged them to use the opportunities presented to entrepreneurs by Enterprise Estonia. “Our foreign investments centre offers various services to foreign companies interested in Estonia and our representatives abroad can also help companies operating in Estonia in expanding to new markets,” Ivask said.
Representatives of Enterprise Estonia introduced the opportunities that Estonia can offer to international companies and to entrepreneurs of Eastern Partnership countries. Jaan Heinsoo, head of the Central and Eastern European representation of Enterprise Estonia's foreign investments centre, gave an overview of the foreign companies' opportunities in Estonia and the local business environment, while representatives of the e-residency project spoke about opportunities that using e-residency would give to foreign entrepreneurs. In addition, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and Belarusian entrepreneurs also visited Estonian companies in different counties across the country.
Entrepreneurs of Eastern Partnership countries visited Transiidikeskuse AS, the Port of Tallinn, the Paldiski Association of Entrepreneurs, the PAKRI Science and Industrial Park, the Port of Paldiski, the e-Estonia showroom, Ülemiste City, Nortal, the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Kuehne + Nagel, Krimelte OÜ, ETS Nord, Mektory, IMECC, Tieto Estonia, CGI Estonia, Telliskivi Creative City, Testlio, Funderbeam, ABB and Estanc.
In southeast Estonia the entrepreneurs also visited GoSwift, Viru Keemia Grupp and the Port of Sillamae.; and the companies and institutions visited in south Estonia include Saint-Gobain Glass, HANZA Mechanics and the Estonian University of Life Sciences
The Eastern Partnership Business Forum titled 'Digital Economy: Innovative Platform for Transparent Borderless Business' took place from 26 to 28 October under the leadership of the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership and Enterprise Estonia. Altogether 500 people attended, including entrepreneurs and decision makers of Eastern Partnership and European Union countries who are interested in business ties and cooperation. Altogether 508 meetings to establish contacts took place in the framework of the business forum.