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President Kaljulaid met with Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu

President Kaljulaid met with Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu © Mattias Tammet/Office of the President

21.08.2019

"I hope this historic visit will deepen our political ties, give a strong boost to economic relations and boost cooperation in ICT, higher education and e-government," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

“Estonia has been building its digital state for three decades and it is constantly offering people new e-services. That is why I truly admire what India has achieved – giving a digital ID to over a billion people and having the world's largest biometric database. I am convinced that Estonian companies have many ideas on how to use our experience with larger systems with their Indian counterparts, ”said the Head of State.

Estonian companies are already developing services for the Inda e-Government platform and more than 400 companies have been established in Estonia by Indian e-Residents. "It clearly shows that our entrepreneurs have the will to work together and we as countries can only support it," said President Kaljulaid.

The Head of State added that she would like to expand co-operation between the two countries also in international organizations, especially the UN Security Council, Estonia will start its two-year membership at the beginning of next year.

Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of Inda, is on a two-day working visit to Estonia and this is the first high-level visit to Estonia. During the visit, Vice President Naidu will also meet with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Chairman of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas.

Memorandum of understanding will also be signed at the Estonian-Indian Business Seminar on cooperation in e-governance with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and with the State Information System Agency in the field of cybersecurity.

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