Foresight Centre Conference: A Different Kind of Future

The studies presented at the Conference have been conducted in three fields of research of the Foresight Centre: productivity, (e-)governance, and labour market. The Conference will offer a first look into the results of the (e-)governance study.

The state reform and the development of e-state have advanced at a different pace in Estonia. Which development scenarios would we choose if we take a look at the options together and think about the future? Which investment patterns and value chains dominate in the Estonian business sector, and how are these linked to productivity? Does the expected demographic development in Estonia necessarily lead to a reduction in the available labour force on the market? What were the reasons behind founding the Committee for the Future in the Finnish parliament years ago? How can we qualify its success?

These questions will be answered at the A Different Kind of Future Conference of the Foresight Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.


13 June 2018, Conference Hall of the Riigikogu
The day is moderated by the Head of the Foresight Centre Tea Danilov.

09.20–09.50    Arrival and welcome coffee

09.50–10.00    Opening address

10.00–10.40    Committee for the Future in the Finnish parliament: What is its purpose? How successful has it been?
Stefan Wallin, Chairman of the Committee for the Future of the Finnish parliament 

10.40–11.30    Current situation and development scenarios of Estonian (e-)governance
Meelis Kitsing, Research Manager, Foresight Centre
Mihkel Solvak, Head of Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

11.30–12.00    Comments on the study results by Minister of Public Administration Janek Mäggi and Chairman of the Riigikogu Study Committee to Draw Up the Development Objectives for the State Reform Tanel Talve

12.00–12.40    Lunch

12.40–12.50    Study on the development perspectives of productivity
Mari Rell, Expert, Foresight Centre

12.50–13.20    Investment patterns in the Estonian business sector
Kadri Männasoo, Professor of Economics, Tallinn University of Technology  

13.20–13.50    Position of Estonian businesses in local and global value chains
Andres Võrk, Analyst, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

13.50-14.00    Study on the future of the labour market
Johanna Vallistu, Expert, Foresight Centre

14.00–14.30    Long-term provision of labour force: employment and demographic scenarios
Raul Eamets, Professor of Economics, University of Tartu
Allan Puur, Research Professor, Institute for Population Studies, Tallinn University

14.30–15.10    Comments on the results of the studies on productivity and labour market by Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs Marika Priske, member of the Social Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Maris Lauri, and member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Jaanus Marrandi

15.10–15.15    Conclusions of the day

The working language of the conference is Estonian. More information and registration:

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