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Estonia’s e-Governance conference goes virtual

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The e-Governance Conference which holds in Estonia is an annual gathering which focuses on and aims at international digital development cooperation in all its entirety. Since 2015, the e-Governance Conference has been organised by the e-Governance Academy (eGA) in partnership with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 2020 edition of the e-Governance Conference is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Government, the U-LEAD with Europe program, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the City of Tallinn, Intel, Google and Microsoft.

According to the official release; the conference will feature fifty-two e-governance spokespersons and developers from twenty countries. The conference will be opened by the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Some keynote speakers include Amani Abou-Zeid, EU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy; Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; David Rowan, Technology Trends and Business Innovation Expert; Alex Benay, former CIO of the Canadian Government, who took his country’s IT systems to the Public Cloud Service. And Siim Sikkut, Vice-Chancellor of Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Furthermore, the e-Governance Conference topics would focus on governments’ current challenges in helping their citizens organize their lives and businesses online.

According to Hannes Astok, who is the Development Director of e-Governance Academy, this year’s number of participating countries and participants exceeds previous conferences. “There are no restrictions on the number of participants for a web conference, so we can offer this experience twice as many participants as usual. We could say that the whole world is involved.”

Hannes Astok also started that restrictions on movement between countries provide a good opportunity to prove to those interested in e-governance around the world, that with e-services and the Internet no activities are hindered, including holding a conference. With this, the conference will fasten Estonia’s leading position as an e-state and support digital transformation in the world.

In 2019, it is reported that circa four hundred delegates from one hundred and ten countries participated in the conference held in Tallinn; the capital of Estonia. In 2020, even though the COVID pandemic is ravaging the world; according to the organisers; the e-Governance Conference has recorded a higher number of participants to take part in the e-Governance Conference 2020 which including eight hundred participants from one hundred and twenty-five countries and territories all online. Participants are from all continents. Also, the highest number of participants outside of Estonia are from Ukraine, Japan, Canada, America to name a few.

The e-Governance conference titled Giant Leaps Start With Small Steps will take place virtually from May 18 to May 21, on the web at egovconference.ee.


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