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Estonia signed cooperation agreements with the African Union and Mauritius to develop e-Governance

The agreement with the African Union more broadly concerns e-governance cooperation, whereas the agreement with Mauritius concentrates more specifically on the creation of a regional e-governance training module.

“Several African countries, similarly to Estonia, have the prerequisites to become a successful e-state,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. The Prime Minister explained that like Estonia, African countries started the construction of an e-state from scratch, without having developed complicated and strict systems for decades that require major changes.

“I am very happy that the African countries have specific interests in e-Cabinet, e-Health and, more generally, in X-Road, for example. First of all, Estonia offers its experience in developing an e-Government, which has been an important development force for us. Both the African Union and Mauritius wish to establish counselling centres and think tanks similar to the Estonian e-Governance Academy. Estonian entrepreneurs and e-Government developers have a lot of cooperation opportunities here,” added the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister explained that the interconnected e-governance systems of the neighbours support the expansion of trade and improve the accessibility to public services, as well as help create new jobs, especially for young people, and get a better overview of migration.

During this two-day summit on the creation of better opportunities for young people, the European Union and the African Union, i.e. 83 countries, reached a joint statement on five topics: economic growth, investments and skills; peace and security; migration and mobility; governance; climate change and natural resources.

“I am extremely happy that the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations now have a plan to fight together with human traffickers and help the refugees return back home from Libya. In addition, we came to an agreement on the joint statement, i.e. the principles that we will follow until the next summit, where we hope to be able to already talk about specific projects. Africa needs Europe, but we should not forget that Europe also needs Africa,” explained the Prime Minister.

This evening, Prime Minister Ratas continues his visit from Côte d’Ivoire to Ghana, where he will meet Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, European Union Ambassadors and representatives of the NGO Mondo. In addition, the Prime Minister examines the results of the Estonian development cooperation and supports the accompanying companies in establishing business contacts. The visit of the business delegation is organised by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

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