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President Ilves to the Duke of York: technology will give the economy the required impetus; those who lag behind will be left behind


Estonia and the UK both represent examples of how openness to new technologies and information technology together with the courage to apply these contribute to success in every sphere said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who today gave a dinner in honour of the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

Technology and e-solutions, innovation and the proactive efforts of government in shaping an environment that supports business and offering digital services will give the economy the required impetus, while simplifying the everyday life of people. However, failure to do so will always result in recession, stated the Estonian Head of State.

"Those who lag behind will be left behind as the pioneers will continue onwards; the 21st century is too fast to wait for someone to catch up," he said.

"We need courage, the reach of technology companies, the smartness of start-up companies, awareness among young people that will help them to learn things that are really useful and the willingness of veteran employees to retrain," said President Ilves.

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, is the patron of the business and technology sphere in the UK as the representative of the Queen; his efforts are aimed at facilitating economic growth and the creation of highly qualified jobs. At present, the main sectors that he is focusing on include education and skills; entrepreneurship; and science, technology and engineering arts.

The Duke of York, who was the keynote speaker at the Latitude59technology conference, which started today in Tallinn, has initiated one of the most popular events for start-up companies in the UK – Pitch@Palace. Tomorrow, Pitch@Palace Estonia will take place at Latitude59; five teams that made it to the final round will present their ideas.

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