4th EASTERN PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS FORUM

DIGITAL ECONOMY: INNOVATIVE PLATFORM FOR TRANSPARENT BORDERLESS BUSINESS

The 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum is a traditional side event to the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. The main objective of the forum is to promote cross-border economic relations, transparency, new business opportunities and cooperation between EU and Eastern Partnership countries, with particular focus on SMEs.

26-27 October 2017

HILTON TALLINN PARK HOTEL
Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn, Estonia

Speakers

Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Siim Sikkut
Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems
Yana Krimpe
Founder and CEO of B.EST Solutions; Head of the Mobile-ID project Consortium, Azerbaijan
Siim Kallas
Former European Commission’s Vice-President of Transport
Jemal Inaishvili
President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)
Andre Küüsvek
Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, European Commission
Volodymyr Lavrenchuk
Vice-President of European Business Association
Urmas Peiker
Co-founder and Chairman of Funderbeam. 
Nerses Yeritsyan
Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Maive Rute
Deputy Director-General, DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), European Commission
Andrew Lynch
Chief Innovation and Network  Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research
Urve Palo
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology

Agenda

26 October

Conference (Ballroom), B2B Meetings (hall Las Vegas)

8:00-9:00
REGISTRATION, COFFEE
9:00-9:30

Current status, progress and perspectives of political and economic cooperation and integration between EaP countries and EU.

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

 

9:30-10:45

Digital Society and innovations are redefining the governance process, transforming everyday life and business in all sectors. e-Governance, Digital Single Market and e-solutions create an enabling environment for a transparent and borderless economy, facilitate economic growth, integration and international trade. What are the best practices, latest developments and key success factors of e-Governance and Digital Society in EU and EaP countries? How does e-Governance help increase transparency, reduce bureaucracy and fight against corruption?

Keynote:       Siim Sikkut, Estonian Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), Deputy Secretary General for Ministry of Economics and Communications

Moderator:  Juhan Lepassaar (TBC), Head of Cabinet, Digital Single Market, European Commission

Panelists:     Yana Krimpe, Founder and CEO of B.EST Solutions, Head of Mobile-ID project consortium in Azerbaijan

                      Christian Rupp, Special Plenipotentiary for Federal Platform “Digital Austria”, Austrian Federal Chancellery; Special Representative for Digitization, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (TBC)

                      Marek Helm, Head of Public Finance Management, Nortal; Former Director General of Estonian Tax and Customs Board

10:45-11:15
COFFEE BREAK, PRESS BRIEFING
11:15-12:30

EaP countries as part of transport corridors in Europe and beyond. E-commerce in the framework of digital single market. Innovations and e-solutions in the logistics sector, optimization of supply chain, modernization of logistics infrastructure.

Keynote:       Pavel Haidai, CEO, Avtologistika, Ukraine

Moderator:  Siim Kallas, Former Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Transport

Panelists:     Arzu Azimov, CEO, SOCAR Trading, Azerbaijan

                     Karl Gheysen, CEO, KTZ Express Europe, Belgium

                     Jemal Inaishvili, Member of the Board, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Georgia

12:30-14:00
LUNCH BREAK, NETWORKING
12:30 - 17:00

A matchmaking event is a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners.
People meet and greet at high speed. 20 minutes are usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.

14:00-15:15

Sources of external capital, EU support and alternative financing instruments to SMEs in EaP countries to facilitate cross-border investment, promoting integration, trade and innovation. Success stories from the EU and EaP countries.

Keynote:       André Küüsvek, Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2), EBRD

Moderator:  Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR

Panelists:    Nerses Yeritsyan, Deputy President, Central Bank of Armenia (Armenia)

                     Volodymyr Lavrenchuk, CEO, Raiffeisen-Aval Bank (Ukraine)

                     Urmas Peiker, CEO and Founder, Funderbeam (Estonia)

                    

15:15-15:45
COFFEE BREAK, NETWORKING
15:45-17:00

How can enterprises in EaP countries benefit from innovative technologies and horizontal digitalization? Trends, developments and perspectives of e-solutions, automation and data exchange. Networks of people, enterprises and devices. Benefits from cooperation within and between enterprises in EU and EaP countries in developing and implementing innovations, smart solutions and closer links between IT and other industries

Keynote:

Moderator:  Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Panelists:     Andrew Lynch, Chief Innovation and Network Officer, Irish Center for Manufacturing Research

17:00-17:30

Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technlogy of Estonia

20:00 - 23:00

Venue: Lennusadam (Tallinn Seaplane Harbour)

27 October

Seminars (Ballroom), B2B meetings (hall Las Vegas), visits

9:00-13:00

A matchmaking event is a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners.
People meet and greet at high speed. 20 minutes are usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.

9:00-11:00

More detailed information will be aivailable soon.

11:00-14:00
LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
11:30-13:00
ENTERPRISE ESTONIA BUSINESS SEMINAR
14:00-17:00

Tours, visits and meetings with innovative Estonian companies and organizations.
More detailed information will be available soon.

28 October

Best practices from Estonia - tours to Estonian regions (optional)

Departures to regions on 27 October at 18:00

9:00-15:00 Tour to North-East Estonia – Industrial region near the EU-Russia border

  • Innovative industrial enterprises and state supported industrial areas
  • International logistics hubs
  • Main sectors: metalworking, chemical industry, logistics
  • Port of Sillamäe – the closest EU deep-water port to Russia

9:00-15:00 Tour to South Estonia – Education and science center of Estonia

  • Universities and centers of competence
  • R&D centers
  • Main sectors: timber industry, metalworking, engineering and agriculture

Please, note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated up to the forum.