Foreign trade is managed by Andres Sutt, Minister of Enterprise and Information Technology. So, without exaggeration, our “own” minister. Andres Sutt came with Adviser Helmuth Martin Reisner. ICC Estonia was represented by the newly elected chairman Aare Mihelson and half of the council members.
The Minister presented his vision of what is happening in the world and the challenge Estonia is facing. There is a great demand for talented people in the world. Estonia must make an effort to create good conditions to do business, work and live here and for talents to have a reason to strive here.
The green transition, accompanying digitalization and the immediate threat of cybercrime to business were addressed. The Minister was also very interested in the views of the event participants. Probably there will be a practical continuation of Tõnis Hintsov, chairman of our member company PROLOG, about the problems of logistics digitization, paperless transport, and e-CMR development work.
The “Truth and Justice” of foreign trade is Incoterms. At the end of the evening, Tiit Tammemägi, the Honorary Chairman of ICC Estonia, handed over to the guest our first three volumes of “Truth and Justice”: Incoterms® 1990, 2000 and 2010. The Minister was sure to ask “But where is Volume IV?” “The manuscript is ready, but there is not enough money. We hope that with the support of the Minister we will also have Incoterms® 2020 published in Estonian” was Tiit’s answer.
An interesting story would have lasted even longer. The Minister also wanted to meet with the ICC Estonia and also invited to visit the Ministry.
We are grateful for an interesting and lively discussion for both the main speaker and the participants of the evening.