The Innovation-Based Economy: A Dream for the Baltics?
While Europe faces challenges, the northern economies continue to impress. The Nordics are leading the way with open, export-based economies that defy the downward trends to the south. Globally, these countries enjoy extremely high competitiveness attributed to the structures, systems and mind-set supporting innovation.
The Baltic countries are also growing, and are implementing policies designed to encourage innovation. The process is far from simple. Education must be re-framed, legal structures to protect IP have to be updated, and entrepreneurship encouraged. Even Estonia, the regional leader, attributes most of its GDP to traditional activities, not the high tech for which it is noted.
The Baltic Business Law Conference on September 27 from 9.30 to 17.00 will be the first full-length public discussion on how to bring about the innovation-based economy. The day will kick off with an address by Latvian Minister for the Economy Daniels Pavluts (9.30). The Latvian Minister for Education Roberts Kilis will speak at 11.20. Following that, the discussion will be structured around four panel discussions featuring 17 of the region’s leading IP experts, decision-makers, innovative business leaders, investors, and educators.
The Baltic Business Law Conference is an annual event organized by COBALT, a leading pan-Baltic law firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. This year, the conference partner is the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Contacts: Viktorija Jākobsone, viktorija.jakobsone@COBALT.lv, 6724 0689
Ingrīda Kariņa-Bērziņa, karina-berzina@COBALT.lv, 2862 4842 (conference chair)