Forum goals
  • Unite
    Belarusian business diaspora and create opportunities for networking
  • Continue dialog
    with officials of Lithuania as well as Latvia and Estonia on the latest changes in business climate for Belarusian businesses
  • Showcase
    the potential of fair Belarusian business for the European economy and for new democratic Belarus
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Keynote speakers
  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
    Leader of democratic Belarus
  • Karolis Žemaitis
    Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania
Speakers
  • Evelina Gudzinskaitė
    Director of Migration Department under Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania
  • Jenna Tajchman
    Country Director for Belarus
    USAID
  • Krzysztof Rybiński
    Rector
    European Humanitarian University
  • Andrius Romanovskis
    President of the Board
    Lithuanian Business Confederation
  • Anastasiya Khamiankova
    Co-founder
    Imaguru Startup Hub
  • Sierž Naūrodski
    Vice President
    ABBA
  • Aliaksei Shchurko

    Founder & CEO
    Gurtam
  • Agnė Camara
    Head
    International House Vilnius
  • Vaiva Amulė
    Head
    Fintech Hub Lithuania
  • Emilis Ruželė
    Deputy Director General
    Lithuanian Business Confederation
  • Gintarė Bačiulienė

    Head of Technology Sector Team, Invest Lithuania
  • Marko Koplimaa
    Special Representative for the Belarus Opposition
    Embassy of Estonia in Lithuania
  • Algirdas Pekšys
    Partner
    Sorainen Lithuania
  • Dzmitry Kruk
    Research Associate
    BEROC
  • Katerina Pytleva
    Program Director
    Malanka Media
  • Tatyana Shteinbuk
    Co-founder
    CreateCultureSpace
  • Vital Samsonau
    CEO
    GEV (USA)
  • Sasha Podgorny
    Founder
    ASTERMAN
  • Julia Yakubovskaya
    Founder
    Ananas YYY
  • Yauheni Bury
    President
    ABBA
Forum Program
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
9:30
9:30
Doors open
10:00
10:00
Welcome word by ABBA Vice President Sierž Naūrodski
10:05
10:05
Welcome word by President of the Board of the Lithuanian Business Confederation Andrius Romanovskis
10:10
10:10
Keynote speech by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of democratic Belarus
10:25
10:25
Keynote speech by Karolis Žemaitis, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania
10:45 - 11:45
10:45 - 11:45
Opening section.
Geopolitical challenges: where Belarusian business can search for support?

The war in Ukraine significantly changed the attitude towards Belarusians in the world. Relocating business from Belarus to the EU gets more and more complicated. Private sector in Belarus is under repression and business migration of fair companies is increasing. In the first section, we will talk about the current geopolitical challenges for Belarusian business abroad, the risks associated with them, how to reduce their impact on the relocated Belarusian business and where to look for help. Among others, we will also discuss financial support programs for Belarusian business abroad
Jenna Tajchman, Belarus Country Director, USAID
Andrius Romanovskis, President of the Board, Lithuanian Business Confederation
Anastasiya Khamiankova, Co-founder, Imaguru
Krzysztof Rybiński, Rector, European Humanitarian University
Moderator: Sierž Naūrodski, Vice President, ABBA
11:45 – 12:15
11:45 – 12:15
Coffee break
12:15 – 13:30
12:15 – 13:30
Second section.
Doing business in Lithuania: new challenges for Belarusian companies

There are 50 thousands Belarusians living in Lithuania at the moment. Around 400 companies with Belarusian owners are actively operating in the country. In the second section, we will touch on the most painful issues of doing business for Belarusians in Lithuania. We will look at the latest changes in the legislation, and try to see what is ahead of Belarusian business in Lithuania in the near future. It is a perfect opportunity to ask questions directly representatives of the government and governmental institutions of Lithuania
Evelina Gudzinskaitė, Director of Migration Department under Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania
Agnė Camara, Head of International House Vilnius
Vaiva Amulė, Head of Fintech Hub Lithuania
Aliaksei Shchurko, CEO & Co-founder, Gurtam
Moderator: Emilis Ruželė, Deputy Director General, Lithuanian Business Confederation
13:30 – 14:30
13:30 – 14:30
Lunch
14:30 – 15:45
14:30 – 15:45
Third section.
Destination Baltics: current opportunities for Belarusian business in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

In the third section, we will look for the comparative advantages of doing business in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. How has the investment climate for Belarusian investors changed over the past year? When to expect changes? What are the advantages for a Belarusian entrepreneur that remain in each of these countries?
Marko Koplimaa, Special representative for the Belarus opposition, Embassy of Estonia in Lithuania
Gintarė Bačiulienė, Head of Technology Sector Team, Invest Lithuania
Algirdas Pekšys, Partner, Sorainen Lithuania
Sierž Naūrodski, Vice President, ABBA
Moderator: Dzmitry Kruk, Research Associate, BEROC
15:45 – 16:30
15:45 – 16:30
Сoffee break
16:30 – 17:45
16:30 – 17:45
Closing section.
Should business be socially responsible nowadays? Real cases from Belarusian business-owners

Belarusian investors created thousands of working places in the EU and paid millions of euros of taxes. But what lies behind those figures? What about their social responsibility? The closing section is dedicated to the practices of Belarusian companies and their responsibility towards various social groups in hosting countries. We will look at specific cases of invited businessmen and businesswomen from Europe and the USA. We kindly invite to share your own experience during the discussion.
Vital Samsonaū, CEO, GEV, USA
Tatyana Shteinbuk, Co-founder, CreateCultureSpace, Lithuania
Sasha Podgorny, Founder, ASTERMAN, Lithuania/Israel
Julia Yakubovskaya, Founder, Ananas YYY, Lithuania
Moderator: Katerina Pytleva, Malanka Media
17:45
17:45
Closing remarks by ABBA President Yauheni Bury
18:00-21:00
18:00-21:00
Networking in Paupio Turgus foodcourt
Seats are limited, please register to attend the sections you like
PASAKA, Paupio g. 26

Attention: Forum will take place in new PASAKA Boutique Cinema in Paupys disctrict of Vilnius
About Us
  • Association of Belarusian Business Abroad (ABBA) brings together fair Belarusian businesses from around the world. ABBA believes that Belarusians are great entrepreneures and aims at supporting fair Belarusian businesses and demonstrating to the world that Belarusian businesspeople are not aligned with the official Belarusian authorities.

    ABBA's mission: Proud to be Belarusian Business

    To become our member and partner please contact info@abbabusiness.org
General Partner
  • Lithuanian Business Confederation (LBC) is the largest business organization in Lithuania. LBC is the national committee of the International Chamber of Commerce
    in Lithuania.The confederation represents more than 34 business associations and over 3500 companies, which together constitute a quarter of Lithuania’s GDP. These companies have already created 200 thousand job positions, which make up 15% out of 1.3 million Lithuanian workers. The main business areas of the organization are: high-tech, education and enlightenment, law, finance, logistics and other services. LBC is ABBA's strategic partner in Lithuania
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With any questions and proposals please contact info@abbabusiness.org
Contacts
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