e-Residency, Estonia's idea for a borderless world

On Wednesday afternoon, the Estonian Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania invited Ott Vatter of the Estonian e-Residency for their season's opening event in the Estonian Embassy in Vilnius.
The e-Residency presentation at the Estonian Embassy in Vilnius Photo Ludo Segers

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