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President Kaljulaid: digitalisation will give nations an edge in the 21st century

19.10.2017

"Nations that develop a digital society faster will be more successful in the 21st century," stated the President of the Republic today, at the Futureforum in the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen. Governments will be required to provide their citizens and enterprises with the opportunity to use safe and reliable electronic identity, added President Kaljulaid.

"When speaking about the breakthroughs in today's labour market and working habits of people, we need to understand whether our management models are good enough to cope with everything," said the Head of State. Governments must start thinking about how to introduce new sources into tax flows channelled into the current models, President Kaljulaid added.

"Countries that act fast will be the winners, as digital and other nomads will only forge ties with places characterised with more flexible conditions for paying taxes and using securities," said the President of the Republic.

This year's Hanaholmen's Futureforum focused on digital issues, innovation and productivity. President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke at the forum about Estonia's experiences in the digital sphere and participated with the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner, Swedish Minister of Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarab, and Professor of Political Science at Uppsala University, Joakim Palme, in a panel discussion entitled "How Does Digitalization Change People and Society".

The Head of State will return to Estonia tonight.

Office of the President
Communications Department