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Roundtable with Estonia’s Foreign Minister

in BDF Events, News

On 2 Sept BDF had the honor to host a visit by Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Marina Kaljurand. BDF took the opportunity to invite some of our members and partners in the digital sector to an exclusive round table with the minister. The meeting discussed digital strengths and challenges of the Baltic Sea Region, including how we can…

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Coding the future: Discussion paper from Top of Digital Europe

in News, Publications

Programming in school should be on top of the agenda! That is one of the recommendations in a discussion paper published by “Top of Digital Europe”. The paper, “Coding the Future – The challenge of meeting future e-skill demands in the Nordic-Baltic ICT hub”, deals with the emerging gap between demand and supply of ICT specialists. In Europe, this gap…

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Top of Digital Europe at the Finance IT Day Baltic

in Debate, News

As a key note speaker in the morning session, Flemming Stender, Director of Baltic Development Forum (BDF), highlighted the need for more regional cooperation among the Nordic and Baltic countries in order to develop world-leading cross-border digital solutions in finance and turn them into growth enablers for the region. He underlined the huge economic potential for implementation of the digital…

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Debate article: Digital growth through regional cooperation

in Debate, News

The Baltic Sea Region is world leading within the digital sectors. If we want to stay competitive in a globalised world, we should continue to stimulate international success in the area of information and communication technology. Therefore we need to strengthen the regional cooperation and remove barriers for growth. If we don’t, then we risk to loose our front line…

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Seminar identified challenges and opportunities for digital testbeds in the Baltic Sea Region

in BDF Events, News

On the 9th December Baltic Development Forum together with the Danish Business Authority gathered around 60 representatives in Copenhagen from across sectors in a one day conference to explore the concept of testbeds as a potential tool for digital growth in the Baltic Sea Region. The event presented participants with an overview of current trends in digital testing, brought forward…

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IT and Finance to join forces in growth initiatives

in News

The Baltic Sea Region is a top performer in IT and the digital economy. That includes development and implementation of advanced digital solutions in the financial sector. There are joint growth potentials to explore in cooperation projects across sectors and borders, where this region can inspire the rest of Europe. The financial institutions can be drivers in the development of…

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Investment Promotion Agencies of the Baltic Sea Region

in BDF Events, News, Projects

Attracting foreign investments is essential to keep global leadership in the ICT sector and to stay competitive. Define the success factors and joint efforts in the FDI attraction. The Baltic Sea Region is one of the world’s ICT Powerhouses and the countries of the region have demonstrated their attractiveness for foreign companies. As an example, Microsoft has invested more in…

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Let’s make cross-border digital solutions!

in BDF Events, News

“The technology is ready. Nationally we are good but together we are among the best. Why not connect the national systems in cross-border digital solutions in the Nordic/Baltic region?”  That was one of the cross-cutting messages at the conference on the Nordic-Baltic ICT Powerhouse 15 April 2013 in Stockholm City Hall, organized by BDF and Microsoft, and generously hosted by…

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Baltic Sea Region – a Shortcut to the Digital Single Market?

in News

Europe needs new growth initiatives! Inspired by Estonia’s Prime Minister Mr. Andrus Ansip, BDF and BCCA (Baltic Sea Chamber of Commerce) early 2012 initiated a project to investigate how the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market in Europe. The aim is to develop a Strategy or Action Plan for BSR initiatives that…