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Estonia Wants to Be Among World’s Least Corrupt Countries

05.11.2013

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At the high-level conference of the Open Government Partnership taking place in London, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that modern information and communication technologies help to prevent corruption and make the fight against corruption more effective. “Estonia wants to be among the world’s least corrupt countries and the use of IT solutions is necessary to accomplish that,” said Paet.

According to the foreign minister, the success of Estonia’s e-solutions demonstrates how technology can be used to improve society. At the meeting, Paet introduced Estonia’s e-services, which have been in use for more than 10 years, as well as the plan to make them more user-centred in the future. “In the last 10 years, 130 million digital signatures have been given in Estonia. This is a remarkable amount when taking into account that Estonia’s population is 1.3 million,” stated Paet, highlighting a successfully functioning e-solution.

“Our e-government, e-tax board, and e-police are also irreplaceable in reducing corruption and raising the effectiveness of state governance. We are ready to share our experiences with e-governance with other states in order to support the development of open societies,” declared Paet.

At the same time, Paet says that Estonia also considers the role and involvement of non-governmental organizations to be important for the implementation of the principles of open government. “It is important that non-governmental organizations such as the Open Government Roundtable, the Open Estonia Foundation, and the e-Governance Academy have shown considerable initiative in this process,” stated the foreign minister.

The Open Government Partnership conference will also feature the Bright Spots Competition, where the Estonian People’s Assembly has made it to the list of top seven success stories. The People’s Assembly initiative will be introduced at the competition by Urmo Kübar, the Executive Director of the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations. After all the reports are heard, the audience decides which of the seven initiatives is the most inspirational.

More info about the Bright Spots Competition: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog/linda-frey/2013/10/22/get-ideas-g...

More info about the London conference:
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/get-involved/london-summit-2013

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/721576371840...


For Details:
Helen Rits
Press Officer
Embassy of Estonia in London
+44 79 2019 7993

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