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Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Väino Reinart: EU-African cooperation in digital field becoming increasingly important


Yesterday, 27 November, the Foreign Ministry organised on behalf of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU a panel discussion at the European Union-African Union Business Forum in Abidjan, centring on cooperation between member states of both unions in the field of electronic public services. It was noted in the course of the discussions that e-governance solutions are a key part of what makes the business climate in a country more competitive and investment-friendly, and that as a result, more use should be made of the opportunities offered by modern digital solutions  in relations between the EU and African Union.

Undersecretary, Economic and Development Affairs Väino Reinart said in introducing the discussion that digital affairs as a primary priority of the Estonian Presidency is also increasingly important in the EU’s relations with partner countries. “Development of digital solutions is something that is being dealt with everywhere in the world and there is always something new and exciting to learn. It’s good to hear experiences from our African partners and make already existing digital solutions even better,“ said Reinart.

The participants in the panel were the Director-General of the European Commission’s DG-International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi, the digital affairs official with the Namibian prime minister’s office Melanie S. Tjijenda and, on behalf of the Estonian Association of Information and Telecommunications, NetGroup CEO Priit Kongo.

The EU-African Union Summit is taking place in Abidjan, Cote d´Ivoire on 29-30 November 2017. The events are taking place all week, including the business forum and ministerial meetings, drawing around 5,300 participants, including 83 heads of state (55 AU and 28 EU members), as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, European Commission, international and regional organisations and NGOs and hundreds of entrepreneurs. The future of the AU and EU and their member states, with special attention devoted to youth issues. The main topic of this summit is “Investing into youth in the name of a sustainable future”.

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More information:

Karin Kaup-Latõnin
Political Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Islandi väljak 1
15049 Tallinn
Ph: +372 5306 9264

Tiina Maiberg
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Islandi väljak 1
15049 Tallinn
Tel: +372 6377 253
Mob: +372 53 008 703


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