-But what about the issue that these states are in a state themselves right now where one might think they are not the best to learn from?
Well whit learning we need to analyse what to learn. This is verily the debate, even with the Nordics themselves. They know very well what went wrong, and what we better not copy. So I do not think the Nordics are a poor example.
-What do you think, personally, to be the worst problem in Estonian economy, and how to solve it?
I don’t know. If I knew, I’d perhaps sit on some other chair doing something else. Or else I’d have written it in some manifesto somewhere. But I do have my hypotheses and my doubts.
In some ways it was interesting that the topics where it thought we were hard pressed failed to resonate much among the others in the group. So to begin with we will proceed with the common work and quite possibly I will have to correct my views thus far.
-What would have to happen after the report?
With reports by companies, it took one big failure or even several for the board of some company to be arrested a hundred percent, in order to get thing going. This is a poor example how low you must fall to actually carry out solutions which have already been offered.
I don’t know if we have it like that here with the economic growth topics. Must we begin by waiting until it gets substantially worse first? But should that be the case, let our ideas at least be ready, stored someplace. In the end, there will be the will to act.
But I do believe that a positive alliance can be created with well-worded directions and goals, to get people on the same wave length, to think along, see things positively, and also move out of the way the unconstructive opposition or those that hinder.
If somebody stands in the way just out of spite of corporate interests, I think those in that role will have it harder to do that in the future if a body authoritative enough thinks something.
Prime Ministerial economic development work group
• Convened on November 19th 2015 and composed of successful experts on various economic fields, with primary task to map options to speed the economic development.
• Members: Erkki Raasuke (LHV group chairman), Ardo Hansson (Eesti Pank president), Ruth Oltjer (entrepreneur in chemical industry), Margit Härma (restaurant entrepreneur), Taavi Veskimägi (Elering head), Urmas Varblane (economist at University of Tartu), Seth Lackman (Ericsson Eesti head), Rain Rannu (tech entrepreneur, Angel investor), Maris Lauri (economist and Riigikogu member), Väino Kaldoja (car salesman). Government Office strategic bureau and prime minister’s advisers also participate.
• Latest by October 2016, suggestions will be formulated for boosting Estonia’s competitiveness.