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President Kaljulaid is visiting Benin and Senegal this week

05.12.2018

President Kaljulaid is on a visit to Africa to meet with the heads of state of Benin and Senegal, where she will introduce our e-governance solutions, explore new markets for Estonian enterprises and discuss Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Head of State will be accompanied by an Estonian business delegation that intends to enter into a number of co-operation agreements there.

“Though we are a small country, we can support African countries by sharing Estonia’s experience in the sphere of e-governance and cyber security and showing that we can see beyond our horizon,” explained the Foreign Policy Adviser to President Kaljulaid, Lauri Kuusing. “There is huge potential for African countries to enhance cross-border co-operation, improve their economies and reach a development leap through employing e-solutions. Both the Estonian state and our business community are highly interested in co-operation with Africa, and will benefit from this,” said Kuusing.

On Wednesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid will be on an official visit to Benin; this is the first official visit to Africa by the Estonian Head of State. President Kaljulaid will be accompanied during her official visit to Benin by a member of the Riigikogu, Mart Nutt; the business delegation also includes a number of Estonian technology companies. At the meeting with the President of Benin, Patrice Talon, several co-operation agreements between Benin and Estonia will be signed for the launching of IT-solutions and the implementation of e-solutions in Benin.

According to the Head of Data Exchange Technologies of Cybernetica, Riho Kurg, the African market holds strategic importance for the enterprise. “The agreement to be concluded in Benin represents an acknowledgment of both our enterprise and co-operation between countries, and it demonstrates international trust in our technologies,” said Kurg.

The UXP technologies of Cybernetica have previously been implemented, for example, in Namibia, Nigeria and elsewhere. “The export of mission critical basic e-governance systems does not represent merely technology deliveries; it also shows the establishment of trust-based relations between the parties involved. We highly value co-operation with local partners and high-level support by the state,” added Kurg.

On 7 December, President Kaljulaid will be on a work visit to Senegal, where she will meet with the Head of State, Macky Sall, and take part in a digital and cyber round table. In Senegal, the Head of State will also be accompanied by a business delegation of Estonian enterprises.

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