A business roundtable was held today at the BDF office with H.E. Mr. Andrius Kubilius, Prime Minister and H.E. Mr. Dainius Kreivys, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.
Lithuanian business visit to Denmark
28 September Baltic Development Forum hosted an informal roundtable meeting with Prime Minister Kubilius and his delegation at the occasion of his visit to Denmark 28-29 September. To the meeting were invited selected Danish and Swedish companies (from the Oresund Region) that are working closely with Baltic Development Forum.
The companies represented different sectors (banking, insurance, IT, construction and building, lawyers, water, transport etc.). The meeting was chaired by Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of BDF. Stefan Müchler, CEO of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden who is also member of the Board of BDF was co-chairing the meeting.
Prime Minister Kubilius – a former member of the Advisory Board of BDF – gave a presentation of the present economic situation of the country and the reform process. He described both the tough economic challenges and the challenges as regards to energy security and energy dependence.
The Prime Minister saw many chances in integrating more into the Nordic area not least in providing solutions related to the country’s well educated workforce and many talents. He was optimistic as to the future and the coming reforms would lead to an early membership of the Eurozone. Lithuania could also play a facilitating role as regards Eastern neighbours, including Belarus. The Prime Minister also answered to detailed questions from the invited companies and business representatives.
One of the purposes of the visit was “investment hunting” which had recently proved efficient, following the news that the global technology giant IBM is going to set up a research centre in Lithuania.
[quote]In addition to discussions on policy and bilateral relations, we are going to present Lithuania and its investment climate in Denmark. This country is very important for the whole Nordic-Baltic region, whose high-tech service hub Lithuania aspires to become one day, Prime Minister Kubilius informed the press before leaving for Denmark.[/quote]
Prime Minister Kubilius also visited the Confederation of Danish Industry and CEO Hans Skov Christensen. The two met recently at the Baltic Development Forum summit in June in Vilnius were there they both participated in the same speaker panel. Hans Skov Christensen had also invited companies active in Lithuania.
Contact person in BDF: Director Hans Brask, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org