3 things to know about Lithuanian IT sector
One of the main countries where Lithuania exports its IT knowledge and products is Germany. Germans choose Lithuanian companies as their partners quite often, and there are reasons for that. Let’s have a look at 3 main things to know about the Lithuanian IT sector.
Lithuania isn’t cheap, it’s quality
The experience of foreign companies that Lithuanian IT specialists are just a cheap workforce is long gone, and now foreign companies are often cooperating with Lithuanians due to their quality IT talent pool. Lithuanians are also known for having a very similar work culture to Germans, which makes it easy to communicate and achieve results faster.
Entering this market isn’t too difficult
According to World Bank’s Doing business report, Lithuania is the 11th country in the world by the ease of starting and growing a business. Registering a business in Lithuania can take just a few days, the procedure of filing tax reports recently changed due to a new and vastly improved system. All these things can be done remotely as the usage of e-signature in the country is over 75%. Bureaucracy is useful to prevent fraud, but in the digital world, it often gets in the way, and Lithuania realizes that by allowing foreign businesses to enter more easily.
It’s the new hub of fintech
Lithuania is especially strong in the fintech sector. The country now hosts over 230 fintechs, and the numbers are increasing, as Brexit made Vilnius one of the most important locations for fintechs. That’s not surprising as Lithuania is one of the first countries in the world to use IMF’s and World Bank’s guiding principles for fintech regulation. This is why the Bank of Lithuania can issue licenses for financial companies 2-3 times faster than other jurisdictions.
1/5 of the total Lithuanian exports of domestically produced goods are manufactured by the traditional engineering sector and Lithuanian products are exported all over the world. As Lithuania is becoming even stronger in the IT and engineering industries, it is expected to see even more Lithuanian products all around the world. So far, the most commonly exported products from the country are electronic machinery and equipment, plastic products, products of iron and steel, machinery and mechanical appliances, which are all in growing demand right now, as the move to Industry 4.0 is now trending. Lithuania is doing really well at implementing the new industrial standards and there are a few things Germany could learn from Lithuania when it comes to the implementation of technology, so let’s have a look at a few of them.
The new industrial revolution often called Industry 4.0 sets a new standard for countries, and it seems like Lithuania is prepared quite well. What about Germany? Even though it’s one of the industrial leaders of the world, there are some things where Germany is still lacking. Let’s have a look at things that Germany could learn from Lithuania while making Industry 4.0 a standard of today instead of a standard of the future.