Dear conference participant,

Seven weeks to go and we will meet you at the 5th e-Governance Conference! We are glad to announce that meanwhile we have updated the list of speakers with many significant persons and added case studies from African countries, Caribbean region, Canada, Estonia, Finland and Japan to the programme. All presentations and discussions will be translated into French and Russian.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to the national examples on digital transformation and cross-border cooperation. In the keynote Ms Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner and Mr Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President will speak about lessons learnt in cross border cooperation within European Union and African Union and also between the two unions.

Ms Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda and Ms Shauneen Furlong, Professor at the University of Ottawa share case studies on digital transformation and roadmaps development of Rwanda and Canada. The discussion is moderated by Mr Linnar Viik, eGA.

Challenges of cross-border cooperation and examples from Africa and the Caribbean are presented by Mr Lacina Koné, CEO of Smart Africa and Ms Jennifer Britton, Deputy Programme Manager at Caribbean Community. The workshops are moderated by Ms Vivian Loonela, European Commission.

The conference also looks at how to measure digital success and its contribution to sustainable development goals. Ms Marit Lani, eGA and Ms Minerva Novero, UNDP present their approach in one of the first day’s parallel sessions.

The second day of the conference focuses more on public-private partnership and showcases case studies of cities and regions. The Estonian ICT Cluster demonstrates IT companies’ experience of how public-private partnership works in Africa. Workshops present case studies from Japan and Finland on how cities and regions cooperate and how hyper-urbanisation has changed the dynamics of e-governance development in the country. Moreover, Tallinn City government demonstrates its activities and plans on e-services automation.

Already for 17 years, Estonia has astonished the world with its digital transformation story and has shared its lessons learnt. At the conference, you can take part in sessions dedicated to the most interesting and forward-looking developments in Estonia.

Government CIO of Estonia, Mr Siim Sikkut speaks about Estonian lessons learnt when developing the new national digital strategy, taking up Artificial Intelligence in governance and developing predictive public services.

Estonia’s next steps towards data-based governance – Governance 2.0 – are presented in the first day of the conference by Mr Mart Mägi, Director General of Statistics Estonia.

The national e-health system always gains a lot of interest from different government delegations, who are visiting Estonia. Mr Peeter Ross, Professor of e-health and Head of eMedLab at TalTech presents the status quo and new developments in the field.

Estonia conducted i-voting for the 10th time this year. In the first day, Mr Mihkel Solvak, i-voting expert from University of Tartu and Professor Robert Krimmer from TalTech invite you to participate in the workshop on i-voting lessons learnt.

Agnes Roos, CIO of the biggest Estonian energy company Eesti Energia presents the data driven and future-proof infrastructure Estonia is currently developing.

Check the latest updates in the programme on the conference website. 
The expo area offers an excellent opportunity to meet government service providers and partners for government digital transformation. The list of expo participants is updated with new companies such as Andmevara, B.EST Solutions and GoSwift. Check all expo participants on the conference website
In case you need assistance with getting a visa to Estonia, please contact the organisers at as soon as possible. The visa application process may take time, so please do not leave this to the last minute.

We encourage you to book your accommodation before 20th of April to ensure your room in one of our partner hotels. Please find the partner hotels here.
We look forward to welcoming you all in Tallinn this spring!  
Organising team

The Conference is organised by the e-Governance Academy in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, VFS Global and City of Tallinn.  
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