On 26 April, Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, paid a visit to EKSPLA. She got acquainted with laser manufacturing facilities, and then had a fruitful discussion with scientists and businesspersons on various aspects and issues of local hi-tech industry.
“Technologies created in Lithuania contribute to the global programs covering medicine, IT, energy and even space exploration. But when it comes to practical implementation, we lag far behind other EU countries. Lithuania does have a big innovation potential which must be harnessed to develop country economics and to create new jobs” – noted the President.
The President admitted that hi-tech businesses are the future of Lithuanian economics, and it is crucial to foster science and business partnership, to reduce bureaucratic constrains that hinder scientific inventions way to practice, and to ensure education of qualified professionals. The state should define key science priorities, so the potential of scientists could be effectively used for country development.
Today, some 150 hi-tech companies operate in Lithuania. Their original in-house invented and designed products are exported to tens of countries worldwide. It is estimated that lasers of Lithuanian make constitute about 10 per cent of the global scientific laser market.
Photos from the visit (author Dž. G. Barysaitė):