Over the last two decades, there has been a lot of talk that Lithuania should focus on developing high-tech industry and create a new Silicon Valley in the country, but economists believe that this talk is totally at odds with reality on the ground.
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Stasys Jakeliūnas
Njsahs Ūvjkrlntss
oed&r;x;&dxqDELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

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Romas Lazutka
Avmrc Adypult
oed&r;x;&dxqDELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

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