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HONOLULU, HI - DECEMBER 27: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam's Kilo Pier on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor with a U.S. president and the first to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

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Japanese PM’s visit to Estonia

Today the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, accompanied by a high-level trade delegation, is in Estonia for an official state visit. After a first meeting with the President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, he has met also representatives from IT, trading, manufacturing, and transport industries.

As reported by daily Eesti Päevaleht, considering the 100 000 Japanese tourists visits every year, Abe said that Estonia and Japan are currently in consultations about an agreement on a tourist visa program that would include the right to work; a similar arrangement has already put in place with Australia.

This article was originally published on Err News. Read the full piece here.

The e-Residency growth of popularity among Indian start-ups

The amount of Indian entrepreneurs who have started their business in Estonia last year has grown as never before. Despite Singapore start-ups scene is closer to India geographically, a cost-comparative analysis published by Startup Genome shows that Estonia is more economical, especially for early-stage startups that are seeking funding.

More than 1,000 Indian e-residents seek access to EU capital, clients and faster turnaround time to set up a company. “They envision our program as a gateway to a diverse European business environment,” said Arnaud Castaignet, head of public relations for Estonia’s E-Residency program.

This article was originally published on Forbes. Read the full piece here.

The first IT curriculum in English for expats to be launched in February

The Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) in Tallinn was created and accredited in 2017 as the Estonian IT companies were worried about the constant lack of specialists in the IT sector.

The Software Development and Entrepreneurship curriculum, which includes also a basic Estonian language course, is focused on the skills Estonian IT companies are looking for. Ideally, in the next years, the number of IT specialists in Estonia should rise from today’s 19,000 to above 35,000, according to the estimates by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

This article was originally published on Estonian World. Read the full piece here.


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