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Indians set up over 300 cos in Estonia using e-Residency programme

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Roughly 2,300 people from have used the e-programme offered by and set up over 300 companies in the European nation, a top Wednesday said.

Started in 2014, e-programme offers a government-issued digital identity that provides the applicant access to in Estonia, including setting up of companies. The gets a which can be used to sign documents.

"stands at ninth position in terms of from which we have e-residents, we have from about 167 is number 8, a little ahead of but the difference is small," Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, told reporters here.

However, India was ahead of is terms of number of companies that have been established by the Indian (at 8th position with 307 companies), he added.

occupied the 18th position in terms of the companies set up. topped the list of from where people have applied for e-Residency, followed by nations like Russia, Ukraine, Germany, the US, and the UK.

Estonia, whose neighbours include Latvia, Russia, and Sweden, has a population of over 1.3 million people.

"With e-Residency, you get very easy access to the European market. You can start dealing with European partners using your Estonian company, it gives you access to a 500 million-market immediately," Kruuv said.

He added that notable Indian include Billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani and

Ambani has set up a research centre in for

In 2018, the programme saw over 1,000 individuals applying for e-from India and around 205 new Estonian companies being created - majorly from startups and other tech-related sectors. The north European country, which is home to unicorns like Taxify, is also wooing Indian startups to set up base there.

"We are upbeat and quite enthusiastic about 2019 which I believe, will be yet another excellent year for e-Residency in India," Kruuv said, adding that the programme will help strengthen bilateral trade between India and

Asked whether the programme could potentially be misused to make Estonia a tax haven, Kruuv responded in the negative.

"E-Residency has never been seen as a vehicle for money laundering or tax evasion. It has been established to give people an opportunity to enjoy digital lifestyles, to experience utmost economic freedom in running a business... we will use all legal activities, operations to make sure that the system will not be misused," he said.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 18:30 IST
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