The central question facing national defence is how do we win the next war? Everyone has a role to play – intelligence agencies provide early warning, the Defence Forces ensure military preparedness, and deterrence is ensured in cooperation with allies. The objective of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) is to ensure that every euro invested in national defence brings back as much defence capacity as possible. Whether it’s construction, capacity developments, the production and supply of materials necessary for national defence, or the provision of other necessary services, we only create value in cooperation with the partners who are on our mind as we prepare this collection.
2022 is a landmark year for us. The ECDI is celebrating its fifth year of operations, the investments made in national defence are approaching €400 million a year, and the addition of the food service function on 1 January 2022 has doubled the number of ECDI staff to nearly 400.
In addition to this, there has been a significant gear change in the world’s economy – stability and oversupply have been replaced by relatively rapid inflation, long delivery times and problems concerning the accessibility of raw materials.
We use the portfolio and category management model to make investments. This means that each piece of land, campus and building has its own portfolio manager, and each specific material has its own place in the purchasing catalogue of the area of government, thereby also having its own category manager. In total, we have four regional and two functional portfolios. In providing materials and services, we have divided our catalogue into eight categories.
Our core function is to find partners – for construction as well as for the provision of services and materials. We mainly find our partners through public procurement, which keeps the day-to-day operations of the Centre focused on the procurement plan. It’s particularly important to us that all potential partners and tenderers have the same easy access to our procurement plan, which is why we’ve decided to consolidate our plans for the next four to five years in this handout. I hope that this approach will be warmly welcomed by all. You can always find the most up-to-date information and news about our activities on our website www.kaitseinvesteeringud.ee.