3 things to know about Lithuanian IT sector
One of the main countries where Lithuania exports its IT knowledge and products is Germany. Germans choose Lithuanian companies as their partners quite often, and there are reasons for that. Let’s have a look at 3 main things to know about the Lithuanian IT sector.
Lithuania isn’t cheap, it’s quality
The experience of foreign companies that Lithuanian IT specialists are just a cheap workforce is long gone, and now foreign companies are often cooperating with Lithuanians due to their quality IT talent pool. Lithuanians are also known for having a very similar work culture to Germans, which makes it easy to communicate and achieve results faster.
Entering this market isn’t too difficult
According to World Bank’s Doing business report, Lithuania is the 11th country in the world by the ease of starting and growing a business. Registering a business in Lithuania can take just a few days, the procedure of filing tax reports recently changed due to a new and vastly improved system. All these things can be done remotely as the usage of e-signature in the country is over 75%. Bureaucracy is useful to prevent fraud, but in the digital world, it often gets in the way, and Lithuania realizes that by allowing foreign businesses to enter more easily.
It’s the new hub of fintech
Lithuania is especially strong in the fintech sector. The country now hosts over 230 fintechs, and the numbers are increasing, as Brexit made Vilnius one of the most important locations for fintechs. That’s not surprising as Lithuania is one of the first countries in the world to use IMF’s and World Bank’s guiding principles for fintech regulation. This is why the Bank of Lithuania can issue licenses for financial companies 2-3 times faster than other jurisdictions.
In the international exhibition Expo 2020 Lithuania presents itself this year through the prism of sustainability and, based on Lithuania’s strategy of positioning abroad “Co-Create”, invites the countries of the world together to build a sustainable future. The Lithuanian and United Arab Emirates business forum, which is attended by almost 50 leading Lithuanian companies and business representatives, became the focus of the Lithuanian national day exhibition. During the visit, business meetings will be held to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities.
A Lithuanian-led partnership has created the world‘s first standardised robot cell for bending sheet metal – an innovation that brings enhanced flexibility to manufacturing, and could be the key to overcoming a key skills shortage in the sheet metal industry in Germany and across Europe.