The Annual Conference of the Estonian Defence Industry Association will be hybrid



The annual conference of the Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) will take place on November 26th 2020, where the most topical themes of defence industry will be discussed with specialists from Estonia and abroad. This year, the event will be held in the form of a hybrid conference. In other words, the speaker and moderators will be partly on stage and guests are welcomed to participate in the conference via Postimees web portal and EDIA’s social media platforms.

At the annual conference of the Estonian Defence Industry Association, defence industry experts from homely Estonia, various European countries and the Middle East region will share their experiences and knowledge. Tips for successful participation in EU defence projects are shared by the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, large defence industry companies Leonardo from Italy and Microflown AVISA from the Netherlands, and the domestic National Defence Investment Center.

Due to the effects of the global pandemic, we cannot ignore the topic of doing business under COVID and in the post-COVID world. We will try to find explanations and solutions to that with partners from Defence and Aerospace Advance Electronic from Saudi Arabia, Sweden Exensor and Ukraine UkrObornonProm. On a domestic level, it is also important to understand in general the role of the defence industry in the overall defence capability. Taavi Veskimägi, the Chairman of the Council of the Estonian Defense Forces, Veiko-Vello Palm, Chief of the General Staff of the Estonian Defence Forces, and Meelis Oidsalu, Undersecretary of Defense Planning of the Ministry of Defense, will discuss this.

All the mentioned panels are moderated by Kuldar Väärsi, Sten Reimann and Ingvar Pärnamäe – the members of the EDIA’s council and one of the top leaders in the Estonian defence industry landscape. 

According to Tarmo Ränisoo, the CEO of the Estonian Defence Industry Association, the business environment that surrounds the domestic defence industry is changing. “Situational awareness and flexibility are the qualities that help companies remain stable and come out as winners in a strong international competition. Therefore, we address three different areas the keywords of which are innovation, scientific development; the renewed role of the modus operandi and the defence industry’s role in the national defence system, ” said Ränisoo.

The Estonian Defense Industry Association was established in February 2009 and has now been consolidated throughout the company, covering all important areas of the defense industry. The aim of the association is to create better opportunities, the providers of which include the strategic partner of companies to the Estonian state and its strengthening of Estonia’s defense capabilities and to contribute to economic development. The Defense Industry Association is a member of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation.

Estonian clusters of the Defense Forces have been set up between companies, scientific institutions and end users intended to find innovative solutions and cooperate, which include ambitious companies wishing to grow exports. The implementation of the cluster activities is financed from the European Regional Development Fund through Enterprise Estonia.

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