On 28 October, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and a member of the board of Enterprise Estonia Sigrid Harjo opened a representative office in New York to promote exports; it is going to be headed by James S. York, who is closely associated with Estonia. New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena gave a welcoming speech during the opening event, the Estonian business delegation and local business contacts participated in the event as well.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, exports are the backbone of the Estonian economy. “The foreign representative offices of Enterprise Estonia are constantly doing a great deal of excellent work to increase Estonian exports. The goal of the New York office is to increase the export opportunities of Estonian entrepreneurs on the East Coast of the United States and, of course, to strengthen economic ties with the United States. Providing new opportunities for Estonian entrepreneurs is an important priority for the government.”
“I have already mediated many contacts and brought the right people together with Estonian companies, and I am aware that many transactions are almost completed. My contacts are public and the door is open,” encouraged York all companies who are interested in the US market to contact him.
The export advisers of Enterprise Estonia operate in a total of 14 markets from New York to Tokyo. Last year, over 750 companies were serviced. According to the Tax and Customs Board, export revenue of these companies increased by 61 million euros compared to 2017. This means that while Estonian export to these countries increased by 2%, the companies serviced by export advisers grew by 35%.
The representative office of Enterprise Estonia is located at the Consulate General of Estonia in New York: 305 East 47th St., Suite 6B, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Gallery of the opening event: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJ1DPac