Speeches

President of the Republic at the World Knowledge Forum

Dear friends,

I am standing here representing the world's only digital society which actually has a State on its side – the Estonian digital society of 1.3 million people, our whole population, because in our case it is all-inclusive.

We have already gone through a societal disruption to make sure that our citizens and businesses have a digital environment to deal with both the State and with their private partners.

I would like to add two important notices – first it is very easy to design leapfrogging strategies and find ways to change your society if you have your partners and allies. Our multilateral cooperation, our international security architecture, which guarantees the right of small nations to exist. Otherwise this could not have happened. So we have never been in this alone, never claimed that it was only us—Estonians—who made this possible. All our partners globally—in the United Nations, EU, NATO—you all have a part in making Estonia the digital society it is.

Second important notice: Estonia is not a technology developing country. At no point during digital transformation of our society has Estonia created cutting-edge technology. Tech-wise, all what we use is pretty mundane, it is commonly used by other actors, mostly private.

It is good, because it makes it cheap, it makes it reliable. Part of it is even open source, namely our e-voting system, so everybody can try to hack it, nobody has managed, but you can try, if you feel like doing it. We invite you all to please try.

 

Therefore, the difference in Estonian society compared to other developed societies, this disruptive innovation this is not technology itself, the innovation lies elsewhere – in the process of bringing businesses and government together to help all people, young and old, to benefit from technological developments invented by others. 1,3 million people and a small economy cannot create, but we can quickly follow. We are the quick followers, not creators of technology. I think this is encouraging to all similar nations. Already for 17 years, Estonians have a digital ID and we can use this to sign and time stamp, very important – almost like block chain, but from the beginning of the century –documents, including private contracts, we can apply for different public services, pay fines and taxes on-line, query the registries, and simply send encrypted e-mails.

10.10.2018

 

News

President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university

President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university

The President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a work visit to South Korea, was today awarded the title of an honorary doctor of EWHA Womans University. In her address at the awarding ceremony, the Head of State said education is the road that takes us towards freedom and wealth.

10.10.2018

 

President Kersti Kaljulaid will be on a work visit to South Korea until Wednesday, participating in Asia's biggest opinion leaders conference

On Thursday and Friday, the Head of State will take part in a global summit of French-speaking countries in Yerevan, Armenia, to discuss Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council with the heads of state gathering at the event.

08.10.2018

 

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid becomes a co-chair of EWEC movement

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid becomes a co-chair of EWEC movement

President Kersti Kaljulaid accepts UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres´ invitation to co-chair the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) for the next two years.
The role of the co-chair is to advocate for women's, children's and adolescent's health. During her tenure, president Kaljulaid intends to raise awareness of the heroic efforts people globally are making, often working without any institutional support.

28.09.2018

Photos