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President Kaljulaid discussed e-governance and UN issues with her Ethiopian colleague

President Kaljulaid discussed e-governance and UN issues with her Ethiopian colleague
President Kaljulaid discussing e-governance with the President of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome.
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15.11.2017

The President of the Republic met today in Addis Ababa with the President of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome Wirtu. The discussion of the heads of state focused on relations between the European Union and Africa, e-governance options and work in the UN Security Council.

"E-governance and building up digital societies are issues where our experience is of great interest for African countries. We have the experience while they have both the necessity and willingness to use them," said President Kaljulaid after meeting her Ethiopian colleague, and she expressed her hope that our proposal to help establish an e-governance training centre in Ethiopia, at the African Union, will soon become a reality. "On the one hand, it all comes down to more extensive use of technology and development of e-services, but these two will not suffice; we need to take the knowledge to people. And in addition, countries contributing seriously to the implementation of new technologies should also think how to adjust their legislation to support and facilitate such developments," added President Kaljulaid.

According to the President of the Republic, the co-operation between African countries and Estonia has been, so far, quite modest. "In 26 years we have reached a level of development that makes us think of options for expanding our foreign political horizons. We do have knowledge and skills, along with the capabilities and interest to think more widely instead of restricting ourselves to an area extending to a few hundred kilometres from Tallinn. Our enterprises are also demonstrating bigger interest to operate in Africa. In the same way as we have contributed to security in UN missions over the past 20 years, we need to become more actively involved in other issues in the international arena," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

The heads of state also exchanged ideas about reforming the United Nations and the work done in the Security Council, where Ethiopia is a non-permanent member. "Non-permanent members of the Security Council are elected for a term of two years; however, many topics discussed there take longer to settle. On the one hand, it means that we need to think how to speed up the decision making process in both the Security Council and the UN in general; on the other hand, we need to adopt a more systemic approach to the process of more efficient transfer of the issues from one member to the next," said the President of the Republic.

In addition, options available for coping with the migration crisis and issues related to security and fighting terrorism were discussed at the meeting. "The migration crisis cannot be solved in Europe – we must understand its reasons, which often stem from intra-African conflicts. The fast increase of the population in these areas is also one of the reasons why people move, and we must think how to offer young people more opportunities and perspective here, in their homeland," said President Kaljulaid.

President Kaljulaid is currently on a visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda where she will meet with the leaders of the African Union and the heads of state of both countries. Tomorrow, the Head of State will continue to Rwanda to meet with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who is the engine for the reform processes of the African Union.

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Communications Department