Jul 4 2017

Tenex wishes America a Happy Birthday


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Tallinn, July 4 2017 - So I had the pleasure of attending Fourth of July celebrations at the US Ambassador’s residence in Tallinn. The event featured around 1300 guests, and among them were several local celebrities, politicians, as well as representatives from the defence and diplomatic communities based in Estonia’s capital.

As one could imagine, it was a fun and interesting event. If someone knows how to throw a party, it is the Americans (or, as we say back in Canada, "our friends from south of the border"). We were treated to beverages, good food and a solemn ceremony, in which US Marines (from the Embassy security detail) were dressed in gala uniforms and they presented the flag to the Ambassador.

The solemn moment culminated with a live rendition of the European Union Anthem ("Ode to Joy" by Beethoven), the Estonian National Anthem and of course, "Star Spangled Banner", which was followed by a big round of applause. The Ambassador spoke about the deep cultural, trade and friendship links between Estonia and the United States and recognized that American companies enjoy privileged connections with the local society and business community. Then a large US-flag themed cake was brought out.

After that, I had the opportunity to meet many staffers of the US Embassy, from interns to Defence Attaché Office members, the Economy office and the Ambassador himself, Mr. James D. Melville. He was happy to hear that Tenex is the newest addition to the American Chamber of Commerce in Estonia and we both agreed that we look forward to other networking events that will take place in the future, where we will showcase the Tenex Mission to boost quality and productivity for our partners across the market spectrum. We have the savoir-faire required to handle problems of any size or degree of complexity.

I also had interesting exchanges with the Minister of the Interior, Andres Anvelt. I talked about technological trends with the Irish Ambassador, Frank Flood; I presented Tenex's services to the owner of one of Estonia's largest recycling companies, Plastrex, and I met personnel from the Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I also talked about the track record Tenex has of using the latest development and automated testing technologies with British and Swedish diplomats, and how we can provide solutions for enhanced security and data protection. I heard business advice from a highly knowledgeable and experienced source, the third President of Estonia himself, Arnold Rüütel.

I learned a great deal about changes in modern Estonia from the best source possible, a renowned local historian (Imre Lipping) who, besides being surprisingly familiar with Canada (as it turns out, we have a friend in common in the honorary consul of Estonia in Toronto, Laas Leivat), he was also a close friend of the late and celebrated historian Lennart Meri (the first President of independent Estonia and whom the Tallinn Airport is named after). The advice he had for me was that the best research technology is yet to come; and that it should somehow combine the appeal of traditional library records with the speed afforded by computers in a fast Wide-Area Network. Note taken.

In my role as the local Tenex representative, I was very glad to embrace the opportunity and listen to people's ideas, concerns and hopes for the future, especially in the context of the present technological and economic tendencies in the Baltic region. Estonia remains a success story in the Information Technology field and is perceived as a place for new ideas that eventually make waves around the world. Tenex is ready to ride the high tide of this true Renaissance brought about by the Digital Revolution.