Business Forum

One of the main side events to the Eastern Partnership Summit, the 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum, entitled Digital Economy: Innovative Platform for Transparent Borderless Business, will take place from October 26-27 in Tallinn. It is organized by the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership and Enterprise Estonia. Held under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, it is supported by the European Commission.

The main objective of the EaP Business Forum is to promote cross-border economic relations, transparency, new business opportunities, and cooperation between EU and EaP countries, with particular focus on SMEs.  

This year’s focus is on digital economy and innovations, particularly:

  •         redefining the governance process;
  •         transforming everyday life and business in all sectors;
  •         creating a basis for a transparent and borderless economy;
  •         facilitating economic growth, integration and international trade.

Representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and EU member states will share their experience on the following priority topics:

  •         e-Governance and digital economy – reinventing the business and economic environment;
  •         Cross-border trade, logistics and e-commerce – stimulating international business development;
  •         Financing for international business and innovations;
  •         Innovative technologies and e-solutions – facilitating business across sectors through innovation, automation, and smart solutions.

The Business Forum will be opened by President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid as well as EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. Other high-level speakers have also confirmed their participation.

The Forum will be organized over three days:

* October 26: Conference and B2B meetings;

* October 27: Seminars, B2B meetings, and visits;

* October 28 (optional): Best practices in Estonian regions

The Forum will take place on October 26-27, 2017 in the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel (F. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn, Estonia), with optional events on 27-28 October. The working languages of the event are English and Russian; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.