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Kaljurand at the OECD Ministerial Meeting: digital technology holds a key role in Estonia's success story

02.06.2016

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand participated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Meeting in Paris today, where the main topics were growth of productivity and sustainable development objectives. The role of the OECD in shaping global standards, and the organization's future and enlargement were also discussed.

Speaking at the discussion on sustainable development, Kaljurand highlighted the role of digital technologies. "It's time to set digital technologies high up on the agenda of sustainable development goals. Smart use of the Internet and digital technologies can contribute significantly to the development of the economy and of humanity," Kaljurand stressed. She added that this can be achieved only through the implementation of certain reforms and clear political leadership.

According to Kaljurand, during the past few decades, rapid development in the area of digital technologies has affected many areas of life. "My own country of Estonia is a good example of how digital technologies have been a decisive factor in development, growth, social welfare and stability," Kaljurand said. The Foreign Minister pointed out that the introduction of information technology in governance and services simplifies people's daily lives, increases competitiveness and helps cut down on expenses.

Kaljurand also acknowledged that there are always risks associated with innovation, and we must always bear in mind that new ideas and solutions can also possibly not succeed. "The most important thing is to give your all to ensure peoples' trust. Without trust, the digital services offered by the government or the public sector are not sustainable," the Foreign Minister said. According to Kaljurand, it is also extremely important that human rights be guaranteed in cyberspace.

At today's OECD ministerial meeting, Latvia's accession treaty was also signed by Latvia's Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria, with which Latvia became the OECD's 35th Member State. Estonia became the OECD's 34th Member State in December of 2010.

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