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President Kaljulaid in Rwanda: digital co-operation between Europe and Africa could be more intense


President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a work visit to Africa, met last night in Kigali with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to discuss co-operation in international organisations and digital sphere.

"Just as Estonia is the spokesperson in Europe on digital issues, Rwanda is an African champion in this sphere. While parcel delivery robots scuttle around in Estonia, drones flying in the skies above Kigali deliver donor blood to those in need of help and a number of public e-governance services is also available," said President Kaljulaid after meeting her Rwandan colleague.

Apart from development of the digital sphere, plans for reforming the African Union, which are being led by President Kagame, and co-operation with the European Union were discussed at the meeting of heads of state. "Co-operation between the EU and the African Union in the IT sphere could be more intense, and Estonia is willing to contribute to this sector," said President Kaljulaid, and she expressed her hope for business contacts to take place between the enterprises of the two countries in the near future.

Security was also discussed at the meeting. According to President Kaljulaid, Estonia and Rwanda share a similar approach to security. "Both countries know that security is indivisible and we also contribute to creating security outside our border," stated the Estonian Head of State. The two presidents also exchanged ideas regarding their co-operation within the framework of the UN and other international organisations.

President of the Republic yesterday also paid a visit to a memorial to the Rwanda genocide in Kigali, where she placed a wreath at the monument erected to those who were killed in the tragedy that took place 23 years ago. The President's visit to Africa will be completed today.

Photo: Office of the President

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