TALLINN - Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Kristjan Jarvan will be in Helsinki, Finland, for his first foreign visit on Tuesday together with a business delegation with the focus of the visit being on the digitization of logistics.
"Our northern neighbors have been Estonia's most important economic and trade partners for a long time; in addition, Finland is also our most important tourism partner, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic," Jarvan said, adding that his first foreign visit being made to Finland is thus of symbolic significance.
The focus of Tuesday's visit will be on the digitization of transport and logistics and a seminar will be held on this topic together with Estonian and Finnish enterprises at the Estonian embassy in Helsinki.
"Logistics is an area where Estonia's efforts alone are not enough. Today, one of the biggest challenges in international logistics is the paperwork. We need to create the prerequisites for secure paperless exchange of information between businesses and public agencies and not just in Estonia but in all of Europe. We could start with Finland," Jarvan said.
In the course of his visit, Jarvan is to meet with representatives of Business Finland and Finnish investors, take part in a seminar on digitization and meet with Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintila.
Jarvan will be accompanied by a business delegation consisting of representatives of ATV Transport, Digilogistika keskus, GoSwift, Tallinna Sadam, Waybiller, Tehnoturg T, Estonian Supply Chain Association and Tallink Grupp.
The visit is organized by the Estonian Business and Innovation Agency, Estonian embassy in Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.