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Minister Reps: progressiveness and looking to future makes Estonia leading in innovation

9. January 2019 - 5:19

Estonia is leading the world in innovation, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) as Estonia was presented an award of Innovation Champion today in Las Vegas at the CES 2019.

It is great recognition to Estonia to be highlighted at the world’s most important technology event, said minister Mailis Reps. “Estonia’s progressiveness and thrive for success combined with looking forward to the future have bought the recognition to Estonia. There are highly qualified and skilled people in Estonia as well Estonia’s technology companies create products and services that change the world,” said Reps. “I am truly glad that Estonia’s choices in education policy, teachers’ and schools’ efforts and society’s attitude have created Estonia as we know it. We can set example to countries that we used to follow,” Reps added.

This year, the CTA’s International Innovation Scorecard (IIS) included total of 61 countries. This year’s Innovation Champions are Estonia, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The award was presented by the CTA’s CEO and president Gary Shapiro. “These countries are world-class leaders in growing innovation,” said Shapiro,  “because when it comes to technology policy they use permissionless innovation as a guiding post, not precautionary principle. To be a leader in innovation nation’s must drop protectionist rules and end barriers that limit countries from creating the next startups that will change the world for the better.”

Estonia received the award for showing an impressive entrepreneurial spirit, Estonia boasts the highest new business entry rate and progressive policies toward innovative technologies. Estonia’s people are highly skilled, they have possibilities and skills to use and implement technologies, as well new technologies are widely spread and used. Estonia is the most innovate country in the Central and Eastern Europe.

Countries in IIS are compared in number of areas: resilience, broadband access, unicorns, ridesharing, short-term rentals, drone regulations and usage of self-driving vehicles. More information can be found here.

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