BELARUS BUSINESS HARBOUR IN BALTICS

3rd Belarusian Business Forum in Vilnius

Event of fair relocated Belarusian business
April 9th, 2024

Association of Belarusian Business Abroad

GOALS OF THE FORUM

Discuss

bottlenecks of relocated Belarusian investments in the Baltic countries

Continue dialog

between Lithuanian official bodies and relocated Belarusian businesses on key issues of doing business in Lithuania

Support

for relocated Belarusian businesses in Lithuania and the Baltic countries overall

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KEYNOTE SPEECH

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
National Leader of Belarus and Head of the United Transitional Cabinet (video)

Žygimantas Pavilionis
Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania

SPEAKERS

Gediminas Varvuolis
Ambassador At Large For Connectivity, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lucija Voišnis
Deputy Director of the Migration Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Drew Roberts
Senior Attorney at International Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce

Svetlana Naumčik
Associate Partner, migration law expert at iLAW LEXTAL

Ilia Jasinski
Co-owner, “Karčma 1863” tavern

Philip Daineka
Owner and CEO at Flatlogic UAB, ABBA member

Palina Prysmakova
Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University

Maryja Kolesava-Hudzilinai
President of Belarusian association of human rights lawyers

Anna Matsiyeuskaya
Co-Head of Eastern Desk at WBK Lawyers (Poland); Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board at ABBA

Dzmitry Kruk
Senior Researcher, BEROC

Maryia Zharylouskaya
International Lawyer & Expert in Labour Law

Yauheni Bury
President of ABBA

Marina Girin
Vice President of ABBA

Sierž Naūrodski
Vice President of ABBA

PROGRAM of the FORUM

9:30-10:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00-10:20
Opening of the Forum by the organisers and partners. National anthems of Lithuania and Free Belarus 
10:20-10:35
Keynote Speech from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, National Leader of Belarus (video, initially confirmed)
10:35-11:45

Opening Panel. Is there a place for Belarus in the regional trade and business community and what are democratic Belarus’ prerequisites for that?
Belarus is not a member of WTO and currently is being excluded from global value chains
and regional economic cooperation. Can this be changed and how? Do EU countries see
Belarus as a regional economic partner when democratic changes happen in the country?

Gediminas Varvuolis - Ambassador At Large For Connectivity, Lithuanian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (initially confirmed)
Drew Roberts – Senior Attorney at International Commercial Law Development
Program of the US Department of Commerce (confirmed)
Dzmitry Kruk – Senior Researcher, BEROC (initially confirmed)
Representative of the European Commission (tbc)
Moderator: Palina Prysmakova, Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University (confirmed)

11:45-13:00
Lunch Break
13:00-13:15
Keynote Speech from MP Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania (initially confirmed
13:15-14:30

Issues Panel. Business migration of Belarusians to Lithuania: status
quo and perspectives. 

Lithuania is the home for more than 60,000 Belarusians, but
Lithuanian authorities claim that national security issues matter the most when having the
migration door open for Belarusians. How does this influence the business run by
Belarusians in Lithuania? What is expected to change in the nearest future?

• Lucija Voišnis - Deputy Director of the Migration Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (confirmed)
Svetlana Naumčik - Associate Partner, migration law expert at iLAW LEXTAL (confirmed
Maryja Kolesava-Hudzilina - President of Belarusian association of human rights lawyers (confirmed)
Vytis Jurkonis - Project Director and General Manager of Freedom House Lithuania (
invited/ tbc)
Philip Daineka– Owner and CEO at Flatlogic UAB, ABBA member (confirmed)
Moderator: Anna MatsiyeuskayaCo-Head of Eastern Desk at WBK Lawyers (Poland); Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board at ABBA (confirmed)

14:30-15:30

Coffee Break

15:30-16:45

SME Panel. Financial opportunities and practical advises on how to develop business in Lithuania. What are the opportunities and restrictions for businesses with Belarusian shareholders in Lithuania? How to improve access to finance? How to reach out to Lithuanian and Baltic markets?

Representative of Invest Lithuania / Innovation Agency (invited / tbc)
Representative of Lithuanian Employers Confederation (invited / tbc)
Maryia Zharylouskaya - International Lawyer & Expert in Labour Law
Anna Ivanova – Owner & CEO, A2.Print MB, ABBA Member (invited / tbc)
• Ilia Jasinski – Co-owner, “Karčma 1863” tavern (
initially confirmed)
Moderator: Sierž Naūrodski, Vice President, ABBA; Senior Economist, CASE (confirmed)

16:45-17:00
Concluding remarks by organizers
17:15-18:45
Coffee and Networking session for the relocated fair Belarusian businesses
20:00-22:00
Networking Reception (venue tbc)

Register today!
The number of places is limited

VENUE

Marriott Vilnius
Rinktinės g: 3, Vilnius

ORGANIZERs

 

ASSOCIATION OF BELARUSIAN BUSINESS ABROAD

 

ABBA is the biggest association of Belarusian business abroad brining together 100 members from 10 countries from around the world. ABBA’s goal is to integrate, protect the interests and develop the legal and ethical business of entrepreneurs with Belarusian roots for the development of New Belarus as an independent democratic country.

 

Lithuanian Employers Confederation (LDK)

The Lithuanian Employers’ Confederation is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation representing small and medium-sized businesses in Lithuania. LDK mission is to gather the elite of SME employers and business-creating youth for the improvement of the quality of the working life of Lithuanian people and the development of competitive personalities




partners

This event is funded by the European Union

Three Seas Business Forum in Vilnius

Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce

OUR CONTACTS

Any questions and suggestions about the forum or your participation please email to: info@abbabusiness.org